…taking time out for real life.
Our friend YNB, Beano, The Bean, Just Jill over at the Elemental My Dear Blog has a challenge out to her readers to define what “Love Is’ Head over to her site and see who has answered the call but be prepared to bring a hankie as none are provided and several are needed.
She encouraged us to think of it in terms of our own style. My style has always been not to follow the rules so I decided to talk about what Love ISN’T.
Love is not…relationships on the internet. Sure there are those who meet, fall in love via the web and live happily ever after. But if you have been working that route for 2+ years, I have to tell you, you need to do something else. I spent my single days internet dating. It was when I realized that route wasn’t working that I started spending those hours volunteering. Meet new people, who introduce you to new people, who introduce you to the love of your life. I repeat this constantly to single friends. “If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
Love is not…another visitor, another hit, another follower, another comment. I am the worst about dashing home from work or dinner or wherever to see if I had a comment to respond to or got closer to a daily visit record. That isn’t love, that is ego. And I am all for ego stroking but there are times where it can get addictive. I didn’t start this site to make money, I did it to share my work and hopefully make someone laugh once in a while.
So because that isn’t love, I have decided to take a break to refresh my real relationships. I also have been slacking in doing volunteer work the last year so I want to explore opportunities to keep giving back. So I am going to take a break for the next week and not get on my blog, not visit your blog. No twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, reddit, etc etc etc. It’s a time for me to refresh and renew the real relationships that I have in life with loved ones.
I had things lined up to post over the next week automatically but I pulled them all. I can’t offer advice and then feed your habit of coming here 20x a day. haha So nothing from me. Some people might cry that that is the wrong thing to do to keep people coming back to your site and building your audience. Screw that. The people that care will be back. And don’t worry, I will be all ready for some new ego stroking when I get back.
Hope everyone has a safe Valentines Day (for those countries that celebrate) and take the time to go hug a real person. Remember your computer doesn’t hug back.