I have just spent the most miserable Christmas I have ever experienced since I first learned what Christmas meant and was able to enjoy it. No photographs to share with you. I am just glad that it is over and gone. That is all I have to say on the matter.
It did give me time though to do some serious thinking and evaluate lots of things in my mind.
One of the things I have been pondering on the most is this journal. I think it has run its course. I can think of nowhere else to take it. Over the years I have been writing I have covered just about everything I could think of.
I have written some of my childhood, the things that I wanted to share, there was lots that I chose not to. I have written about my Grandparents on both sides, many other relatives, family research, local history, photographs, videos, both our own and ones I have found on YouTube. I have written about my own family, our pets, our garden, ghost stories, poems, jokes, my early schooldays, my employment, holidays and lots more. Like I said, just about everything that came to mind.
The Bible says there is a season for everything and I think the season of my journal has come to an end. I can see no direction to go in now. I can no longer see a way to make it interesting, a place people like to visit. I guess I have just dried up.
On top of that, there is the system itself. When aol first announced they were going to close our journals, I was going to stop writing then, it seemed right somehow. Then I thought of all the help and support I had received from all of you and decided to give blogger a go. I found it very hard at the beginning, as we all did. I liked the way we could do much more with our journals, adding gadgets and all the little extras. However, I was never happy with the loss of alerts. I simply do not like the blogger system of having to go into dashboard to see who has posted. Also, when you have been there and commented, there is no way to delete, I mean they do not disappear from the dashboard and you still have an endless list of journals. Sometimes I cannot remember if I have been there or not, unless a particular graphic or sentence stands out to me. It remains very time consuming and not something I enjoy whereas I used to love to log on and see all the alerts waiting in my mailbox.
Would I start again somewhere else? No. Like I said I have written just about all I can say. I have no intention of repeating it all somewhere else.
I might change my mind somewhere down the line. That is why I have decided not to delete the journal. One day I might take it up again, who knows, none of us has any idea what lies in the future. I could change my mind in a few days, a couple of months or never. Only time will tell.
I am going to take some more time to think it all through, listen to my little inner voice, I want to be sure I am making the right decision.
I will still add to Call For Support if any one notifies me of someone who needs us to rally round. I hope it will not be necessary but I will also always make myself available if an entry needs to be made on our memorial journal - Silent Keyboards- J-Land Angels 2.
So, as written above, I will take some time out. Carefully consider and then make my final decision.
For this reason, I am going to wish you all a very Happy New Year right now. I hope 2009 is kind to you as I hope it will be kinder to me. I hope your troubles and worries will be few and your joys many. If any of you wish to e-mail me at any time, I would be happy to hear from you.
So, at least for the meantime, I will wish you all a fond adieu. Take care, stay safe, be well, be happy. May whatever God you follow, bless you.