An Analysis of Blogging, at Least for Me

The trouble with having more than one blog going is that you tend to just keep updating your favorite one and ignoring the rest of them. At least that’s what I’ve been doing.

I have two blogs at WordPress, one of which is called “From the Hawthorne Tree”, that I started years ago but it never got going. I only have four entries in that blog. Today I put #4 in and it is linked here in this paragraph.

The trouble is that I don’t enjoying working at WordPress. They got way too complicated for me, and blogging there becomes a real labor-intensive experience and not so much fun. I like easy simple things, and although I do not mean that JournalScape is “simple” in a derogatory way – it is easy to use so it is here I am staying. I just wanted to add a blog entry at WP to update my Hawthorne site… as that is the subject of my morning’s internet study today.

I like to share stuff I find with you. That was the point of my “Shout-Out Sunday” entries, but the self-imposed constraint of having to come up with an interesting site every single Sunday morning went against my concurrent urge to be free of such constraints in my retirement years!

I lived my whole life working and doing things for others mostly. There were, of course, times of fun for me, as well, and for my loved ones, but for the most part, years and years went by and all I can remember doing is slogging off to work at 8 each morning and coming home to cook dinner at 6 each night and being totally exhausted all the rest of the waking hours of the days.

When I was lucky enough to get a job doing medical transcription from home, I thought I would have lots more free time but that didn’t happen. It seemed I was always typing-typing-typing, in the early mornings, in the afternoons, and in the evenings, just to get my workload done on time. Oh yes, there were times of a lull now and then, but not a lot. When I retired a couple of years ago, the freedom I felt was overwhelming and delicious, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

The internet has added significantly to my enjoyment of this freedom. I am very curious by nature. VERY curious. I drive Paul crazy a lot of times with my questions about everything – like a little kid wanting to know “why” everything happens… like when I first started watching baseball. Paul had been a baseball fan all his life – I never had. I asked a bazillion questions of him and he answered as best he could or wanted to, and now he just ignores my questions because he’s just sick of it!

Life has changed for us here. We no longer go on any vacations. Specifically, our mutual love of England & Scotland has been impacted by no more trips abroad mainly due to my lack of mobility. My fault. But I’ve found a little respite in the internet, and it’s here I am most happy – learning things I’ve always wondered about, millions of things, places, people, events, thoughts and ideas. It’s all in there. Or “out there.” Wherever “there” is!

So now I’ve written all this above and never really got to the crux of why I started this entry. I wanted to share with you some stuff I’ve found, but I’ve been typing so long now that I need to stop – I want to take a break. Maybe I’ll do it next time… get more into what it was I was going to share.

Cheers for now, til next time,


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11 Responses to An Analysis of Blogging, at Least for Me

  1. Bex says:

    Eric, you are so right. It’s so strange how the internet has become so important in our lives, we of a certain age. Not so much for “work” but for living and learning and communicating… I don’t know what I’d do without it actually. You are like us – we also don’t go anywhere. Well, Paul goes out every day into his world of lobstering and the locals and his errands… he is always on the go, but once home, there is supper and only us… here… with our British shows and our baseball. Even if we are down near the bottom ranks! Hey, the Sox beat Detroit last night… that’s one good thing!


  2. Eric Mayer says:

    I’ve tried my hand over the years at different blogs, twitter even, Live Journal, and I can never keep up. All these things seem like a brilliant idea for a short time! I chose, and stuck for awhile at least, with JournalScape because it is simple. Because it doesn’t tempt one with all sorts of unnecessary time wasting features. But I really got burnt out writing hundreds of entries. I have never been very prolific. And then too I have “outlived” both blog-wise and sadly in some cases in reality most of my original fellow bloggers.

    Mary and I don’t go anywhere. We’d have a much poorer existence without the Internet. Well, I wouldn’ even be able to do my work without the Internet. Isn’t it strange how at our somewhat (only “somewhat” is all I’ll admit) advanced ages we find ourselves so dependent on something we never guessed would even exist when we were twenty? Heck, when I was twenty I could have imagine maybe being able to move a the moon or a space station, unlikely as that might be. But at least people envisioned such things for the future.

    Baseball of course is wonderful — a never ending adventure/story/soap opera. The Internet means I can follow everything in minutest detail practically in real time. I can keep track of minor leaguers on their way up through the system. Of course it would be better if the Yanks improved this year. But, hey, at least with how bad Tampa is the Sox and Yanks shouldn’t have to battle for last place.


  3. nina says:

    We have such wonderful freedom these days: to write, to learn, to read. If only we’d stop shooting each other and driving recklessly, the world would be such a good place… Illness. I’d like to get rid of that as well!
    I love that you blog regularly here. And that you do it with honesty and wit and humor. Thank you for keeping it alive for us!


  4. Retirement sounds like it is just the right thing for you Bex, it sounds wonderful! I agree, two blogs is too many!


  5. What a timely post. I just deactivated my Facebook account. I’m burned out. Backing off. I have lots of projects I want to tackle. Liked this post a lot. xoxo


  6. Annanotbob3 says:

    I’d have a Mary Poppins thing where I could click my fingers at the room and everything would dance back into place. For me the real joy of blogging is that you’re not putting a piece of paper into someone’s hand and asking them to read while you watch, squirming. If you’re boring or obnoxious or whatever, people will stop reading, but you can just write whatever takes your fancy and hope for the best. xxxx


  7. sandy freel says:

    So happy your guy won…great blog today as always:-)


  8. Bex says:


    Champion Rafa Nadal – yay! Can you believe it?

    ((((((doing a happy dance)))))))

    (my girl (woman!) did not win yesterday (Halep) but she played magnificently and I have high hopes for her in the future)


  9. Bex says:

    Yes, I am glad I can type. However, I think that one day (soon?) typing may not be required – speaking will be all that’s required – to type out a page, to drive a vehicle on the road, and hey, maybe even to cook dinner! Now that latter idea is one I can support… the driverless car is not something I’m rooting for, but walking into the kitchen and just “saying” to the fridge “make me a nice chicken pot pie” and then having it prepared by “the kitchen” is my idea of heaven! Oh, and a lawn mower that will mow the lawn by voice recognition, too!


  10. l'empress says:

    The beauty of journaling online (I refuse to call my sporadic journal a weblog) is that it is yours. You have something you want to share, so you do. If you don’t feel like it, maybe you’ll make a note somewhere but not post it. (I have a folder marked “deferred.”)

    If you have questions, you have the world at your fingertips. Aren’t you glad you can type?


  11. T.S. says:

    I agree that keeping two or more blogs is tiresome. I’ve backed off from blogging for a season, mainly just to try to spend less time at a computer, since I spent eight hours a day staring at one since the day the PC was first invented. I’m sure a day will come when I’m back on the regular blogging routine once again.


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