Tuesday, February 23, 2016

starting from scratch



I always come back here.

I know. It's been a while. But still. This space is forever in my mind. I don't know what place blogging has any longer, with the insta this and the facebook that. In the past few years, it seems like that's what most of my posts here have been about... is this still a thing? Can I do this? Does it matter? 

It does. It all does.

As I've said time and time again, writing begets writing, and I'm writing. So I'm here.

Last October I said I wouldn't tell you where I've been.

Not much has changed. Except that I'm spending this year, 2016, working on one specific project. My novel. I started from scratch, outlined, and am knee deep in the writing of it. It feels different this time. Deeper. Fuller.

I'm giving myself this year. To dive in deep with the writing, to make it my job {aside from the whole homeschooling kids thing...} and to see if I can hack it. And if at the end of this year I'm fed up? It's not working? Then I'll know that I've given it my best shot.

Nearly two months in, and I'm pretty sure I've got my answer.

So here's the thing. I may write here, still. But I'm not pursing any new Creating in the Midst interviews unless someone truly wants to share their creative journey with homeschooling. I'm not going to plug my writing, or share writing how to's - because truth be told I find that whole scene incredibly noisy and overwhelming. I may write blog posts the way we used to, soulful stories and posts that mean something.

Or maybe I'll simply be back when I'm done my book.

Either way. If you're here, as many of you always are, I'm humbled that you still read my words. Most of them are being shared over on Instagram these days, but I'm feeling less enthralled by that space as the days go on.

What do you all think? Is blogging a thing of the past? Do you still read blogs? And if so - how? I'm using Bloglovin, and I'm not thrilled... I miss the good old days of Google Reader. I'd love to know if I'm barking up the wrong tree by even considering blogging again. Perhaps it's just another form of procrastination? Self indulgence? Screaming into the ether?

Either way. Hello. Again.

18 comments:

  1. lovely. i think blogs are wonderful, for writing out the bits and pieces. all those single line thoughts that collide and collude... :)

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    1. I've been loving YOURS, lady. I've been horrible at commenting. Will be better... xoxo

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  2. Hello, my friend. Always great to read your words here. I haven't blogged regularly myself and have thought about shutting it down for good with a "goodbye" post this week, but I like what you said: "I always come back here." Like it's a safe place. A place for beginnings, over and over again. Coming back to the corner of the world that had, at one point, meant so much to us and given us a virtual village when we felt isolated where we physically were.

    So maybe it won't be a goodbye post for me after all because I like the idea of coming back anytime I'm ready. As always, thank you for the inspiration.

    Why not right?

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    1. Yes, why not :) Thank you for being here, as always. I miss your words. And that community. Deeply.

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  3. I "hold" my place in this virtual community with short, photo laden posts...until words come. And they always do. I enjoy the different types of connection, and long to make space for more reading, writing and 'commenting' ... and by commenting I mean keeping the conversation going. I love seeing you on igram and visiting you here. Wherever you are, what you send out to us warms my heart...and I'm grateful for that.

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    1. Thank you for always holding space. For yourself, and for others. xoxo

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  4. I still read blogs! Mainly I'm reading self-reflection and self-improvement blogs in addition to foodie blogs, but I think there's still a place for them even amidst social media....although I'm still not on FB. I enjoy reading all your insta posts :)

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    1. I love reading yours! It's so helpful!! (and I love that you aren't on FB. If it weren't for our homeschooling groups, I'd be with you...)

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  5. I love your posts and I miss blogging. Reading my friend's lives, writing mine.

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  6. I still read! I still love blogs and my Feedly reader is filled with a good many I follow. Some for homeschooling resources, some for inspiration just for life, design, whatever. Anyway you might want to try switching to Feedly, I love it!

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    1. I always read yours! I love love love your blog, Danielle :) I may have to try Feedly... thank you!

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  7. I still read blogs, but not as much as I used to. I love a personal story + struggle shared with the reader. I enjoy seeing inside someone's home or life. It inspires me. If I hadn't found your blog, I may have never done some of the things I did last year. You emboldened me + connected me to another idea of being human. Big stuff. I look forward to reading more of your words, Corinne. And, good luck with your novel!

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  8. I second feedly!! Blogging seems to have gone through a few transformations, but I still love to share through mine as well as to read others. ❤️

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  9. Yes to more soulful writing! <3 I'll be here and listening.

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  10. I use bloglovin for the blogs I interact with associated with my blog or readers. I use feedly for food blogs and lifestyle blogs that I do not really comment on. I stopped using blogger because after you follow about 100 (?!?!) it doesn't work right or like that many.

    I do hope you write your book(s). keep at it!! it's a part of you :)

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  11. "- because truth be told I find that whole scene incredibly noisy and overwhelming. I may write blog posts the way we used to, soulful stories and posts that mean something."

    Yes. The writing and the connection and the visuals (photography) are what I miss most about "real" blogging/writing. I'm not sure its a "thing" anymore. You are right. Insta everything has taken over, but I feel that I found my people in my short time as a creative writer and photographer in this blogging community. People that have made a difference in my life (Bigger picture people) and you are one of them Corinne. So, even if blogging is not a "thing" anymore, the community that I was part of is still a "thing" and that is rewarding beyond measure. I will always read your words.

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