With regard to the second statement, I am having one of those moments I have had before, and have seen others have, in which I'm wondering who the majority of "you" are... Is what I'm saying landing with you? I know the vast majority of people just skim through blogs, reading when they can in the midst of busy lives.
It's kind of vulnerable to say, but I will admit that comments mean something to me. In case you were wondering, they matter to me. Even if I only get two or three responses, which seems to be the norm (out of supposedly, according to my stats tracker, around 50 page views per day).
* Thank you to my few regular commenters and friends!
It looks like lots of folks come over from the blog, "Life and Love in the Petri Dish," who I know has a lot larger audience. So, if it's true that comments indicate connection, maybe this blog is passing entertainment for many, and there is less of a connection to my posts. I don't fault this or think it is bad... but I do like to have a sense that someone is out there, and that my words are landing. Personally, there are maybe a dozen blogs I read regularly and comment on - not every time, but on a regular basis.
So, I am not sure what to do, if anything. Maybe I'm feeling a little lost, like I'm writing in a void. Maybe I need to be more focused and write more for my audience. I started writing on January 9, 2011 and spoke about my journey of trying to conceive a child, as well as recently losing my job and seeking another one that had more of what I wanted. I talked about making choices that didn't fit my family norm (that they actively disapproved of) and, through the title of this blog, wanting to claim my life as my own. I have ended up sharing a lot about dating and, for a couple years, about trying to conceive with my partner. Personal growth and self-improvement have also been big themes in my life and writing; since I'm an introvert, it's been very helpful to get out of my head!
But my primary blogging connections have always been through the TTC and SMC communities. At 46, I think I am done with ttc, though I am actively taking steps towards adoption. I am continuing to date and am on the cusp of possibly getting into another relationship. I only post every 10 days to two weeks so maybe that's not enough to stay on people's radar. Maybe it's time to reach out to other communities, as well, so that more women might read and relate to what I am sharing. Perhaps one of these new communities for me will be adoption or foster adoption.
I know I want to stay connected to the few folks who I have come to know and consider friends. Even though most now have kids, I love hearing about their lives, and hope to join them in the next year or two. My brother's wife just had their second child, so my extended family is very kid-focused.
If you blog and have feedback, I welcome hearing it. And if you are following and would like to continue reading my blog, would you please comment and say "hi"? What do you connect with in my posts or what would you like to hear more about? Do you have any questions? I would love to hear from you.