Hi there. Nice to see you. It’s been a while, huh?
It feels like it’s been months since my last blog post. Oh, wait. It has been. Three months, in fact.
When I wrote about my reasons for taking a short break, I didn’t anticipate being gone for so long. I figured I’d spend a couple of weeks in the warm glow of rediscovered passion, and then seamlessly drop back into the blogosphere. But a really odd thing happened.
I discovered a new world — an entire new world — that exists outside the borders of my computer screen. A “non virtual world”, shall we say. A world full of conversations you can have with your mouth and ears rather than your fingers and eyes; a world full of images that you can smell and touch and (occasionally) taste without having to click to enlarge; a world full of laughter that actually is out loud and people who don’t click a button to tell you they like you.
So instead of taking a break from blogging, I found myself taking a break from the internet. I didn’t check Twitter. I updated Facebook a dozen times in those three months. I checked my email twice a week. I disconnected the wireless cable that used to run between the beeping, flashing, LOLing Overlord in my office and my brain.
And it was good.
I thought I’d miss the notifications. “Someone likes your post.” “Someone commented on your post.” “Someone responded to your comment.” “Someone responded to your tweet.” “Someone likes your status update.” “Someone invited you to play a new, improved, and totally-different-we-swear version of Farmville/Superheroes/Words with Friends/whatever.”
But I didn’t.
I thought I’d miss the stats — the obsessive checking and rechecking to see how many page-views my blog has had. “Do they like me today? Was my post good? Am I good? And has anyone found my self-worth lying around?”
But I didn’t.
You know what I missed?
I missed my friends. I missed Kim and Bridget and Ava and Tricia and Stephanie and Katy. I missed Stephen and Emerald and Kay and Brian and Anthony and Ben and Emma and too many other people to list by name. I missed everyone I’ve connected with in the bloggy world, everyone who has read my blog, friended me on Facebook, followed me on Twitter, and invited me to share in their lives by commenting and blogging and connecting with me in a way that wouldn’t be possible in the “non virtual world”, either by dint of distance or time.
I’ve missed you all.
Thank you to those of you who messaged me on Facebook or tweeted me or emailed me to see if I was doing okay. Thank you to those of you who encouraged me to “hurry up and come back, damn you!”. Thank you to those of you who are, after a three month break, still here and reading this.
I’m back now, and I intend to stay around.
So, what have I been doing during my three months away?
I’d like to say that I’ve run a marathon or learned a new skill or even (Gods forbid) finished the first draft of my novel. But I haven’t done any of that. I’ve done something far more fulfilling.
I’ve spent a lot of time with these three wonderful guys.
And you just don’t get better than that, do you?