Once upon a time, there was a lovely, happy, healthy little blog, sending little anecdotes and musings out into the ether with startling regularity. Almost daily, and sometimes even more often, a thought would form, a blogger would help that thought coalesce into a series of words, and then those words would be released into the wild. It was an interesting process, a fun mental exercise, and an opportunity to come into contact, albeit only in the form of pixels on a screen, with some almost unbearably smart, fascinating, precious people.
Then there was the Bag Thing That Happened; rather, it was a series of Bad Things that rolled along in a big, messy, hairy, slimy clump. Lots of things stopped, other things changed, not the least of which was this intrepid little blog. It was overused, sometimes, with daily posts and deep, dark angst, and then it would be neglected, weeks passing without a single visit from the management. It became a rather confused little blog, not knowing quite where it fit into the Internet at large, not 100% confident of its longevity, a little lonely, a little quieter… the equivalent, I suppose of slipping into a deep, deep sleep after pricking its finger on a spinning wheel.
After that deep, dark sleep, the little blog was awakened by…hmm. Apparently that’s were my analogy breaks down, because there were no magical restorative kisses from a handsome prince, just a simple realization that taking part in this carnival was a fun way for me to stay connected with people who could pass me on the street without a glimmer of recognition, but who have shared some of their deepest secrets with me – and vice versa. So I asked, and it turns out there are several people willing to come out and play; some returning, and some for the first time. They come for different reasons, it seems, some looking for structure and others looking for social contacts, some humoring me because I’m still only about eight months out of the hospital and they feel bad for my ongoing fragility and emotional weakness, some to help me celebrate just how far I’ve come in those eight months.
Without further ado, here is the list: (I’ll copy-and-paste the HTML coding for the list, so that you can add it to your own post, keep the chain going…)
Sara – yoyu mama
JMLC – Daydreams and Ruminations
Batty – Batty’s Adventures in Spooky Knitting
Barb – Spencer Hill Spinning & Dyeing C’mon, hon… your name is on the list, now you have to play along! Pretty please??
G – Not-A-Box
Evil Twin’s Wife – The Glamorous Life of a Hausfrau
Louise – Child of Grace
Allison – Allimonster Speaks
Heather – She Flies With Her Own Wings
Melanie – usually, things happen
**Forgot one, last night, please for to add:
Jennifer – Ask Poops, Please
Threatening to join in, but not yet possessing a specific slice of the Internet on which to do so:
My own Madhouse contribution for this week needs to wait a while. It’s nearly 2:00 in the morning now, and I got very, very little sleep last night as well. My body is miserable and my brain has hit the wall… must go sleep for a really long time, and then I’ll come back and type.
Sara – <a href=”http://www.yoyumama.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>yoyu mama</a>
JMLC – <a href=”http://jmlc.wordpress.com” target=”_blank”>Daydreams and Ruminations</a>
Batty – <a href=”http://spookyknitting.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>Batty’s Adventures in Spooky Knitting</a>
Barb – <a href=”http://spencerhillspinanddye.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Spencer Hill Spinning & Dyeing</a>
G – <a href=”http://not-a-box.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Not-A-Box</a>
Evil Twin’s Wife – <a href=”http://www.eviltwinswife.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>The Glamorous Life of a Hausfrau</a>
Louise – <a href=”http://www.graciouschild.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>Child of Grace</a>
Allison – <a href=”http://allimonster.wordpress.com/” target=”_blank”>Allimonster Speaks</a>
Heather – <a href=”http://cusegirlknits.wordpress.com/” target=”_blank”>She Flies With Her Own Wings</a>
Melanie – <a href=”http://melinor.tumblr.com/” target=”_blank”>usually, things happen</a>
Jennifer – <a href=”http://www.askpoopsplease.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank” >Ask Poops, Please</a>