Migration Pattern

Bear with me, I’m going to migrate some (all?) posts in from DabbleDoIt.

I was reading a post Yvonne at Joy Unexpected wrote about being an “old blogger” in a sea of “new bloggers” who are all about branding, media kits, SEO, etc.  She also mentioned how she misses how blogging used to feel like a community and it’s morphed into this monster that’s all about business and book deals.

Way back when, my old blog was a place where I feel like I did some of my best writing.  A few years of that and I started to doubt myself.  Instead of blogging about something I would analyze my idea, criticize it and never write.  Eventually I shelved it.  I sort of wish I hadn’t but sometimes a fresh start is needed.

Writing is one thing I enjoy.  Everything about it is fun, even the challenge of finding a new way to start a sentence instead of “I” or “It’s”.  So while I’m trying to decide whether to consolidate everything or just double post for a while, I’m going to import some of my favorite posts from over there.  It’s a new blog so there aren’t many.

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All Quiet on the Midwestern Front?

Not entirely.  Since I stopped my training I feel as though I don’t have as much to talk about on a blog about martial arts and family life.  I will still post here occasionally for personal things perhaps, but I’ve been spending time growing and tending a new blog that I hope to eventually grow into something interesting.  It’s called Dabble Do It! and it’s a place for me to share my tips and tricks about gardening, knitting, crocheting, photography (when I dabble in that), and whatever else seems to catch my attention deficit brain.

It is still in it’s infancy, but in the past week or so I’m starting to post more regularly.  You can still find me at Flickr at MinivanNinja and increasingly at Dabble Do It as well.

If you follow me on Twitter you may want to also add me as DabbleDoit.

After I took down PsychoBabble (wayback link for those that remember, I still sometimes miss it), I thought it would be a good idea to have different blogs for different interests.  Some I will keep, like Book Club for One, my book review blog.  Others pretty much died from the get go.

I created Dabble Do It! with the desire to create a brand in mind.  I needed something that both explained what I do (dabble) and encourages others to do the same.  Right now the bulk of the posts are of gardening, but there is some baking and entertaining information there as well.  It’s still a little rough around the edges, but in time I hope to have it running like a well oiled machine.

So for any of you wondering, no – I haven’t died after having a brief existential crisis, I’ve been working on relationships and other wonderful things.

Longing and Sentimentality

I’ve kind of been missing my old blog.  I used to have a blog called PsychoBabble.  For a while it was somewhat popular and I had a lot of fun with it.  Then I had a real-life friend shit all over me through my blog and I let it languish.  Then I shelved it.  I owned the domain name and paid for hosting and I just couldn’t justify that anymore.

For whatever reason, I looked it up on the Wayback Machine.  A lot of my writing didn’t horrify me, in fact I was pretty damn pleased with myself.  It kind of made me want to resurrect it.

But things change.  People change.  My main reason for shutting it down was I felt that I had entered a new stage in my life and I wanted a fresh start.  I have it archived – hopefully – on an old hard drive.  But that hard drive was damaged after one too many times of falling off my desk and I can’t even remember if I copied my files elsewhere after my husband was able to retrieve them.

Over the relatively short time I’ve had this blog, the topics and focus have slowly expanded to include parts of my world and life other than Tae Kwon D0.  It’s my roundabout way of saying I don’t do well with a blog limited to a single topic.  This year I’m going to try to use it more as a personal journal (within reason) and get back into the blogging groove.

I still miss my old blog.  Or maybe it’s being a little sentimental for the old me.  Things seemed a little simpler then, as they tend to when looking backward through soft-focus lenses.  I think resurrecting it would be a mistake, a way of living in the past instead of the present.

Maybe I’ll buy a domain name for myself.  Not necessarily use it, just buy it and park it.  Keep it a while for the “what if”.

New Look!

I was getting tired of the stock WordPress theme I had been using, so I picked one with a little customization…namely the header.  In all my tinkering I’ve discovered that there is a definite lack of photos accompanying my posts.  I will have to remedy that in the future.

Just Keep Swimming

Difficult advice to adhere to when I feel like I’m sinking fast.  I’m sure the shorter hours of daylight has something to do with it, but yesterday I sank like a stone.  The test I was supposed to be at is this coming Saturday, and I think the reality of how long I’ll probably be out hit me hard yesterday.  Thankfully, I had my PT evaluation today, and I start therapy tomorrow, at least in some way.  I’m actually looking forward to the time when the tenderness is mild enough that they can massage my ankle and do the ultrasound therapy.  It’s the best thing about PT in my opinion.

I skipped class last night.  Well, I wasn’t going to participate anyway, but I was going to be there for my daughters.  Except since I didn’t go, they didn’t go.  And neither did my husband.  I think yesterday he and I both had the same general malaise.  He’s going to take them to class tonight, but I’m still not sure I’m going to go.  On one hand, I want to stay in the environment so I know what I’m missing and I have motivation to get back when I’m healed.  On the other hand, it’s painful sitting there, not being able to participate in the way I want.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep a positive attitude going.

Surely some of you are thinking “Geez woman, get over it, it’s only a sprain”.  And in some ways you are right, but I have never in my life hurt myself the way I did two weeks ago.  I’m also not as young as I used to be.  The other sprains I’ve had in the past, bah, they were but a little ankle tweaking.  Something I could totally walk on less than a week later.  Just today I can almost walk with a semi-normal gait, even though I’m not really supposed to, so that’s progress.  But because I want to make sure I don’t destroy my ankle again in the future, I’m trying to follow orders and give it time to heal.  The PT explained it nicely.  She said I need to give the fibers time to heal so they can heal all aligned, which will make the ligament just as strong as it was before.  If I push it too hard and the fibers heal criss-crossed, it will cause that area of the ligament to become more inflexible and more susceptable to future injury.  She also told me to expect the swelling for a few more weeks.

My foot was swollen enough already by noon (and I was a bad girl this morning, hobbling around and up and down the stairs a lot), that when she let go after grabbing my foot to test flexibility, the indentations from her fingers remained.  Not cool.

Gah, enough about that, I’m obsessing already.

In an effort not to be the ankle injury blog 24/7, I’m going to attempt to bring a little bit of personal blogging into this here blog.  Some of you know that I had a blog for a few years (Psychobabble), and I recently closed that one down.  I had felt that I no longer needed that outlet.  And maybe I don’t, but I still like keeping in touch with people using the blog.  I’ve made a lot of virtual friends in the past few years, and I don’t want to bore them by being a one note blog.  I also have a book blog (one entry – HA!), a photo blog, and a fiber blog (knitting/spinning stuff).  I’m still going to keep them, but I will also cross post a lot of that content here, mostly just to post regularly, and also for variety.

Even my hairdresser knows that I get bored easily.  I’ve never had the same hairstyle/color twice.  I’ll do my best to tag and categorize my posts in such a way that they are easy to find by topic, should any of you not want to hear about anything other than martial arts.  Or my whining about my ankle.