Hello, hello. And: Hello?

It’s been forever, I know. The writing muse really just up and ran away (along with most of my sense of stability) over the course of the pandemic. Lots of other things happened too, that all added up to: too much, too much, too much.

AND: it’s September 1. I’m feeling like a school kid, ready to start the next grade now. Ready to learn, ready to share what I’ve learned. So, I’m working on a post…and looking back over some I haven’t finished.

But honestly, what I would really like to ask is: who is reading my blog, and would you consider writing to me in the comments? I see your comment first – it doesn’t show up on the blog site unless I “approve” it, so I honestly won’t publish what you write if you don’t want me to. It’s just I am so curious about YOU. How did you find my site? Is there anything here that resonates for you as a human being?

You see: I have told very few people about my blog. Why? Because not everyone wants to read about the loss of a child, about deep grief, theological turmoil and anger and someone else’s dreams…all the things I’ve gone through since Mark was hurt and died so suddenly in 2015. I made the blog “public” because the actual act of writing for/to other people (vs keeping it to myself) has helped me, somehow, to process. So I honestly don’t expect much traffic. However: WordPress – the blogging site I use – obviously thinks most bloggers are actively trying to get their stuff visible, and thus provides all sorts of tools for helping you maximize your impact, including statistics showing the number of people who have visited your site, how many posts they have collectively read, which posts are the most popular, what day/time folks most typically read your blog (Tuesdays at 8pm, apparently, is your collective sweet spot)…and I recently peeked at the stats, not expecting to see ANYTHING after not writing a thing for more than a year, so was shocked to find readers from not just here in the USA, but also as far away as Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, China, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland and France! Oh: and one from Ireland! How are you? – Conas atá tú?

So, as I continue to work on my drafts, please consider saying “hi” back. I’d just really like to hear from you. (I’d insert a little heart emoji here, to end that last sentence, but I honestly don’t know how. WordPress changed their editing system and I am So. So. Confused.)