We added to the normal madness of felling dead trees, splitting wood, building coops, planting gardens, hiking, filling the freezer with salmon...a trip to California and Oregon.
During the crazy pace it seemed quite reasonable to put quick blurbs on Facebook - the thought being it would capture a few ideas which could grow into blog posts when there was more time. Alas, Facebook thoughts get buried under the weight of more Facebook thoughts.....
For a while last year I was blogging and vlogging with videos nearly every day. It took more time than I want to carve out for such things.
Then, too, it's been hard for me to define my audience now that most the kids live here and Mom doesn't read it daily....and suspect I'm pregnant when I don't blog. In my heart of hearts, I know Michael is right....the blog is a family journal and the audience is our family....whether they are HERE or not....they may appreciate the record in future years....
That brings me to one of my concluding thoughts....Blogger has started freezing blogs. Folks simply can't open their blog, nor post to it. They can't save it or print it out or access it. I had PLANNED to print out our blogs...but I decided I wanted to do some editing so it looked "prettier" and wasted less space (resulting in less pages to buy) - it is slow going. I've not printed a book in several years - o.k. six years. I need to get printing. Maybe I can take any chicken profit and pour it into buying blog books....to give you an idea it was taking 4 of the max paged books a year to print one year of the blog....$300 - 400 per year. Others mention the blogs they can't access are ones where they've not been active.....no posts, no visitors, no activity....blogger shuts down. And so.....I ponder.....
Could I not keep a blog like journal in word - away from the internet as I'm no longer sure of my audience? I need to make sure to keep "active enough" on the blog that blogger doesn't close my blog before it's printed. What would be the quickest way to at least "save" the posts? Each one copied into a word document? That will take some time (maybe I need to hire an assistant). What is the best way to "catch up," as this is supposed to chronicle our family's life? Should I do one monthly post for each of the missing months? They would be LONG. Should I just pick the key things from the past months (i.e. chickens, selling parents homes, sorting through things, adjusting to life without a mom, the approaching due date of a sweet new grand, earthquake, parties, new opportunities, update on the elder Gherkins) to blog and not try to sum up month by month? I miss most that I've lost the daily chronicling of Bella, Gideon and Benny's growth. Such a sweet time to have them all close.
How would you attack it if you had 5 months of daily blogs to catch up? What are the advantages and disadvantages of an online platform versus word on the laptop? Would the world end if the blog went away before I got it saved?
Happy to catch up on your news De’Etta😊. Aaron is thinking on the same lines. Something like Wordpress to do the writing and a link to fb for whoever wants to read it. I think fb May go away eventually so it’s a good idea to find another platform. Blessings on you and the family💕
I wish I could get accurate, concise info from someone at Blogger. LOL The domain is hosted by google domain.....I don't even know how to go about changing it.
Someone mentioned saving the blog to a disc....if I can figure that out.....
Wordpress often locks me out. I do have a word press ID and I looked into it. At the time they were charging a lot after your first year and I decided to stay put. LOL
Have you thought about a voice memo type recording to keep those memories. Dragon transcribes it to words. Might be quicker at capturing your thoughts that you can fill out later? You have such a fascinating life (even the mundane moments count��) and it will make an amazing book some day��
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