I realized today that I haven't posted here in three weeks. And that's mainly because I just haven't had anything to post about. July and August get me every single year. And every single year I tell myself, "nope..not this year July and August! No you don't!!! I will stave you off and be HAPPY during your horrible, heat oppressive months." But it just never seems to work. It seems like a silly thing really to get depressed over a couple of months and it's something I can't really explain. I normally don't even make the connection until halfway through July when I realize I'm feeling like crap and OH YEAH it's that time of the year again. I can't tell you how much I hate summer and the heat....especially in southern Louisiana where the air is literally suffocating because of the humidity. It's just draining. BUT I also know that I always pull out of this funk too once August passes and the first hints of fall start to arrive. So it should be coming soon.
I've also been thinking about blogging in general. Don't worry, I'm not going anywhere and I don't think I ever will. But today at work I was thinking about all of the posts and the talk about blogging burn out and leaving blogging that we've seen in the last year or so and trying to make connections on why that's happening. It's certainly happened to me too. I don't post nearly as often, I don't comment on other blogs as much as I'd like to, nor do I get around to even reading blogs as much as I like to these days. And I think for me I mad a little bit of sense why today.
I think it's somewhat of what I like to call the "high school graduation effect." I can look back at my high school and college years and the years after college and it can be sort of bittersweet sometimes. Just like blogging has been. I've been blogging now for seven years and I know many of my closest blogging friends have been blogging just as long if not longer.
When I think back to high school I had lots of acquaintances. Not tons of close friends, but plenty of people I would consider friends and we'd often hang out in pretty large groups and there was always fun to be had. Then college came around and those groups sort of went their different ways, yet we still stayed in touch some...some of the groups maybe got a little bit more cliquish but were still there. And during and after college, people started getting married, having kids, getting important jobs...and with those life circumstances came a natural separation that didn't mean that any of us cared any less about each other, but there was less time in our lives to see each other as often. I still stay in touch with some of those people, but not nearly as often. And some of the people I considered close friends in high school I sadly don't even know a thing about them these days.
I think something very similar has happened with blogging. I realize that my experience with high school and college and all that is very different than some other people's may have been, but my point is that things change over time and dynamics change. When I started blogging, I was just about to enter my Master's program and while life seemed so hectic at the time it really wasn't compared to now. I had so much more time to blog. Life has by no fault of it's own, taken away a lot of that time from me. I think all of us have had things change over the years we've been blogging and book blogging itself has certainly changed over the years! It went from a very intimate close knit community when I first joined in to being quite a very large community now which isn't a bad thing at all, but dynamics change with that.
I truly do yearn for the blogging days of 2007 sometimes. God I loved that year so much....but I know that I can't make that all come back and control how everyone blogs again, not even myself. We've all grown up a little bit more, life has changed for everyone in those years, and blogging has changed in those years. But it doesn't mean I'm going anywhere. I'll still be here, trying to adjust with the changes that happen and hopefully one of these days actually getting a book review or two up again :p I'm in the middle of a few excellent books right now so hopefully I'll be telling you about them soon.
In the meantime, go virtually hug a blogger. And consider all of yourselves virtually hugged by me. Because I truly do love having all of you in my life and I hope that you never stop posting. Which I know is selfish of me as that's a personal choice which I of course will always respect, but despite the lack of commenting from me lately, it makes me smile every time I see a new post from all of you blogging friends :)