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  • Mrs Chakotay 12:48 pm on October 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blogging, Dream Day Journal, , , LOA, , Morning Pages, , , ,   

    October Anniversaries 

    I’m feeling a bit out of sorts today. October is always a bit of a downer. Not only is it Baby Loss Awareness Month, but it is also the anniversary of my own personal loss – of my twins. Thankfully, the weather has not caught up with the seasons, so the bright sun and blue skies takes the edge off. It has been 8 years, so although the grief still comes in waves, they crash a little less often, and a little less powerfully. I’ve been waiting for the event to come up in my Facebook memories, but I may have hidden it. What is harder to hide, of course, is the anniversaries of my friends’ babies’ birthdays, reminding me that my twins ought to be coming up for 8 years old. It’s not just the baby you lose, it’s all their future lives you imagined and hoped for.

    I also received a reminder yesterday, telling me that this is my 8th anniversary of opening my WordPress account. I think that my original blog is now my very neglected Study Notes blog. I seem to remember that I was originally using it as a homeschool diary, but I shuffled the blogs around and the Homeschool diary is now at Ohana Home Educational.

    I wonder if it was a coincidence that I started a blog around the same time as my miscarriage? I don’t remember ever writing about it at the time. Instead, I wrote on Facebook until I was told I was “over-sharing”, at which point I took to Twitter and created what I perceived to be safer spaces there to rant and cry and let it all out. It helped. I remember the most helpful book I read at the time talked about letting grief out creatively. Perhaps writing was not what the book had in mind, but it was my default outlet, and I would recommend it.

    Today though, I don’t feel like doing much. I’m only really writing now because I want to get myself into the swing and habit of writing every day, for NaNoWriMo next month. It doesn’t really matter whether it’s worth reading. Most of my writing is mainly for my benefit – if anybody else enjoys it, or benefits from it in some way, that’s a bonus of course. But if you hate it, or just find it boring, it doesn’t matter. Just getting the practice in, and my feelings out, means it has served its purpose.

    I’m also getting into the habit of writing Morning Pages in the form of a “Dream Day Journal” – that is, I write every morning about my ideal dream day. It’s supposed to be some kind of powerful manifesting tool by Law of Attraction folks. I’m not sure I believe it, but again, it doesn’t matter. It’s just practice, and it’s quite fun so far.

    It can be dangerous to write thoughts and feelings on paper, so I do find that I censor myself. Most of my worst ranty, angry feelings are directed privately to my rant buddy. She’s good to have on my side.

    Where do you vent your feelings? Does writing help, or some other kind of creativity?

    Have there ever been times where social media didn’t feel a safe place to share?

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  • Mrs Chakotay 4:17 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blogging, deppression,   

    2014 in review – is anybody listening? 

    The WordPress.com stats people prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I thought I’d share it as it’s pretty, but it made me laugh at how pitiful it all sounds. It also has the opposite effect of the one intended – I feel so dis-inspired that I wonder whether it’s worth bothering to blog at all. Despite posting links to my posts on facebook and twitter, I have failed to gain many followers or many comments. Without interaction, blogging might as well be writing into a private paper diary. Perhaps I’m just not that interesting. On the other hand, I seem to be starting 2014 rather severely depressed, so it’s not easy to get any kind of perspective on reality. Anyway, here it is.

    Click here to see the complete report.

     
    • SJ Foster 4:25 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I blogged for about a year and it takes time for you to build up a readership. Then as always happens, my life got in the way. So this year I restarted. My sole aim is to write the odd post and read, comment and enjoy other peoples. The more you like and comment on like minded peoples posts the more traffic and like minded comments you’ll get on your own blog and posts. We are all entirely unique, write about the stuff you care and feel passionately about in you own “unique” voice. Other people will also care and feel passionately about those things, the trick is to find them. Most of my enjoyment comes from being able to read others. If they like and comment on my stuff. BONUS! If they don’t that’s okay. Yes we are out here and yes we are listening. You just have to work out what your message is and what you truly are trying to say. Good luck. x

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    • K. Gallagher 5:41 pm on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Keep pressing on! (;

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