I know I said I wouldn't do it. But... I had to. In all honesty (finally), it's something I've been intending to do for a long time and I simply slacked off, got disorganized, and was eventually so overwhelmed that I gave up trying and was just limping along.
For the past 2 years on this blog, I have said that I don't make resolutions. This year, I lied.
This year... I made a resolution. Silently. I didn't want to say anything and then fail immediately. And it kind of started on accident. But it is truly something that has been on my mind, in my heart for some time now.
Over the past many months, I stopped being a good commenter.
The weekend of the New Year, I sat down and, over the course of that Saturday, organized my blog list. I visited every single blog and deleted it if it was dead or gone or if I , honestly, didn't read it and knew I wouldn't commit to it. I married up my dashboard with the blog list on my blog sidebar. I don't know what number I started with and ended with. I know that my 2 lists did not match and that was where I was ending up lost, confused, overwhelmed.
And since I put in all that work, I made a commitment. A resolution, if you will. When I started blogging, I used my dashboard to make daily or regular visits to the blogs I found and connected with. And I commented whenever I felt moved to do so- which was often. I'm not known for not having something to say, so commenting wasn't a challenge.
But lately... I'd pop over to a blog and read it. And leave. *hanging head in shame* I had a couple of bloggers that I would always comment for, would always work to stay connected with. But the others... I just didn't put in the effort. No excuses. Even worse, I got to the point that I would see a blog post on my dashboard, read the little header and teaser and see whatever image might be showing... and wouldn't even click over to the blog to read the full entry. Shameful, shameful.
I looooove having people visit my blog. I loooooove comments. I looooove when bloggers reply to comments left for them- by e-mail or on the blog itself. I loooooove connecting with other bloggers and not just in a one sided, behind the scenes, I'm lurking and you don't know I'm here kind of way.
I am back. I am getting back to connecting, commenting, visiting, reading, and so on. I know why I pulled back, why I disconnected... I got burned a few months back. But there is no reason to doubt others because of one, right?
So watch out... I'm commenting. I'm sharing opinions and support. You might not always like what I have to say. But I promise that I am back to being honest with you.
So... do you forgive me?