Who writes anymore? Don't we simply type brief messages into Facebook or Twitter, send IMs or emails, and text on the phone? Who reads an actual book? We have e-readers and i-Pads; we have devices for listening to podcasts and audio-books while we are driving or running or knitting. Why hold a book when you can get 2 or 3 things accomplished simultaneously?
With the goal of starting my new website and its blog off well, I signed up for the self-study version of “Blog Triage” with Alyson Stanfield and Cynthia Morris. The first assignment is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog. But please do not go running for the delete button if you, dear reader, do not believe you fit the following description!
I started blogging almost two years ago when I knew that I had received a Fulbright Fellowship to go to Romania to teach for a year (see http://ayearinromania.blogspot.com). I enjoyed keeping the blog and using it to share my impressions of the culture and my activities while there. That blog came to a screeching halt in May 2013 when I got so very busy trying my best to fit in EVERYTHING before my daughter and I left Romania.
My trip to Romania had a number of impacts on me, one of which is very relevant to this blog. While there I had a profound sense of balance in terms of the way I was living life. When I returned home to North Carolina I had to work very hard at maintaining that sense of integrating work with play, feeding my soul along with my wallet when I engaged in work. I came to the realization that it was time to stop considering what life might be like if I were a full time bookbinder and paper maker and actively work to make it happen.