I know I’m not the only one who has been left sadly bereft with the loss of Google Reader. I know they want G+ to take its place, but I very much doubt it ever will for me. I don’t want my content to be tailored and guided and sorted for me; I want things like the olden days. I want a list of blogs, like I used to have in my trusty Sage plugin that sat at the side of my laptop browser. I want every post of every person I like following. I resent Facebook deciding what I want to see and I’m far too busy to sit on Twitter all day and hope it shows me interesting things to read. I’ve tried Bloglovin (but meh… I don’t like it) and I don’t enjoy having to switch from wordpress reader to network blogs to anything else. Reading blogs on my phone is what happens most of all and often in places where content won’t load quickly (outside a school, sat in a hospital, under a child). I just want a bank of easy to access reading fodder, like my RSS feed used to give me. I had that until they shut Google Reader, damn them. I had a nice reader that moved content from phone to ipad and meant I got to read. Commenting was harder (stupid captcha) but at least I read.
The rot goes deeper though I think. My core of friends who blog do so less often and I’ve struggled to find time to curate a new list of people who suit my changing self. I want to read writing blogs and craft blogs and mix them up with parenting and grief and home ed and all those other things. Once there were only a few blogs; now there are millions.
I’ve lost my way on the internet. I’ve been so busy and so distracted that I’ve stopped enjoying what I like most about it simply from having too little time to create an internet I like again. I’m so bored of flicking constantly through Facebook to see if anything interesting comes up.
So. I’ve been signing up to email subscriptions this week. I’m trying to remember all the blogs I used to love and visiting them, hoping they’ll send me blogs by email, in the hope I can enjoy those when I have a spare quiet moment. And what I really want to find are some new blogs that tickle my fancy. And I’m trying hard to comment more and trying hard to comment back on the blogs of people who leave me messages here, something I know I’m woefully short changing people on. I do read all my comments but I never seem to quite manage to have conversations. I miss conversations.
So this is me.
I’m Merry. I’ve blogged for ten years. I own a small business (and have done so for ten years too) which I set up in a cupboard and grew it until it was mine and my husband’s job. We sell toys and crafts. We have 4 daughters ranging from 15 down to 8 and they all now go to school, though they were all home educated until recently. It’s something I am passionate about and will never regret. We have a toddler son who will soon be 2 and in between him and the girls was a little boy called Freddie who was born and lived for 11 days but never came home from hospital.
I blog about craft – I love to knit, crochet, make models from Fimo, create craftiness madness from beads and pom poms and felt and more (but especially Hama Beads) and I blog about all of that. I write about grief and child loss and how that feels, about books and education and how much I want to move to Devon and trying to lose weight. The girls get plenty of mentions with their various sporty endeavours because this is predominantly a family blog and I write a little about watching Bene grow up too. And then there is usually more about grief, since it will never leave us and some of the issues the girls face, including life with a cleft lip and palate, Aspergers, thyroid disease, allergies, asthma and eczema.
But increasingly I think it will be about moving to a new phase of being a working mum, doing up our house, making our move happen, lots and lots of craft and decorating and a good bit about the garden. (It’s highly unlikely there will be cookery. Trust me on that). I am however desperate to get back into sewing.
If any of that sounds interesting, you could look over on the right (or at the bottom of the post) and sign up for an email subscription.
But what I’d really like, if you think we have something in common and I might like your blog, is for you to leave me a little bio and a link to your blog too so that I can pop over and hopefully start sending your posts to my inbox.
What do you say?