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Crossroads

crossroads

I wouldn’t call it Writers’ Block. I have plenty of ideas and lots of thoughts to share. I still adore writing. Yearn for it, actually.

I wouldn’t say I’ve lost interest in blogging or in social media. I maintain a curiosity for what others have to say and I feel a thrill of creativity when I think of the possibilities.

It’s not – exactly – that I don’t have time, though time certainly is an obstacle. A daunting obstacle for one who works full-time (among various other commitments) and has a forty minute commute on either end of the work day. Still, it’s not, I suppose, an insurmountable problem for one who has the proper motivation.

No, instead I’d say that I’m suffering from a kind of soul ache. Some people might call it depression, but it’s not – exactly – depression.

I’m tired. Not physically tired, but spiritually exhausted. I find lately that I don’t have it in me anymore to furiously race against the clock just so that I have a couple of hours left at the end of the day to devote to a blog post. The very thought makes me weary.

This all came on fairly suddenly, and so I have to ask myself, Why? What’s different? More importantly, What’s the solution?

Do I need to narrow the focus of my blog? Since T’s been back from The Stan, it feels less like a MilSpouse blog and more like an EverythingUnderTheSun blog.

Or – and I keep coming back to this – do I resign from the blogging world entirely and focus on a larger, more cohesive piece of writing? Maybe. I’ve always wanted to do that and, most unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do both.

Somehow, though, the thought of giving up my blog hurts me. I love my blog and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. I adore the people I’ve met through blogging and am grateful for the connections I’ve made. I revel in checking for comments and, of course, in reading my Odd Blog Searches.

How can I give all of that up? I know cutting the cord is always painful, but that it’s often required to move on. I just don’t know that I can do it. Yet, here my blog sits like a virtual orphan.

That hurts me, too, but I need some time to think.

So, on the advice of a friend, I’m taking a blogging sabbatical. You may see me around now and again. I reserve the right to post an occasional entry, should The Muses be kind. But I suspect I will be largely absent for at least a month or two.

I need some time away from belly shots and memes. I need to re-learn how to think in threads longer than 140 pithy characters. I need to rout the words seriously, totally and like from my vocabulary. I need to stop believing that the interverse needs to know my every thought milliseconds after it flashes across my consciousness. I need to know that I can be clever without being critical.

I need a soul vacation.

View from Glen Boulder

Odd Blog Searches – the Recap!

Last Thursday’s Twitter party was a grand success.

Well, I had fun anyway.

In fact, I had so much fun that I’m planning on hosting another #oddblogsearches hashtag party sometime in August. I’ll keep you posted. As it were.

I noticed that the WordPressers generally had more to report than the Bloggers. I don’t know much about Blogger, but it almost sounded like Search Engine Terms were only available for the past week? (Blogger bloggers, any insight?) In WordPress I can see my SETs for “all time” – since the start of my blog.

And they afford me no end of amusement. I mean, come on. Someone found my blog by searching for, “giant fake tree”? Or, “hopelessly shy”? (Okay, that one I believe.) Or, “what is the first word on page 157 of the me book by jade teta”?

But I got even more of a kick out of reading the SETs from other bloggers’ statistics. In case you missed the party, here’s a quick glimpse:

OBS2
Gee, I hope Beth’s husband doesn’t find out.

OBS1
Oh dear. Poor Amber!

OBS3
There’s the million dollar idea.

Here’s an interesting fact:
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But the Grand Prize winner for the evening, was Stacey from Tangerine Monday. Not that I offered a Grand Prize. If I had, though…

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‘Nuff said.

Thanks to all who participated in the party. If you didn’t make it, don’t despair. Just join us in August!

(Follow me on Twitter for more updates.)

Did you participate in the party? What did you think? Any feedback?

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup!

Howdy and welcome to the 43rd MilSpouse Weekly Roundup! My name is Sarah and I’ll be your host for today.

MilSpouse Weekly Roundup

For those of you new to Mowenackie, my blog gets it’s, uh, unique name from my three beloved animal companions. (They are insulted by the term “pets” – it’s just not PC anymore.)

Mow+en+ackie

Mowgli + Owen + Jackie = Mowenackie

My husband, T,  is Army National Guard. He returned from a year-long deployment (his second) to Afghanistan last December. We’ve pretty much got our feet under us again, but reintegration is always a bit of a challenge, no matter how smoothly it goes.

I blog about the military, my pets animal companions and anything else that comes to mind – which is usually hiking, healthy food or my husband. What can I say, I like H’s. (Not really.) You can learn more about me on my Howdy page.

But enough about me. Let’s hear something about you. So link up, yo!

Next week’s host will be the fabulous Mrs. Mike over at The Science of Missing You. Her young family is facing down yet another deployment very, very shortly, so after you link up, please go show her some MilSpouse Lovin’.

Party Time! (Excellent)

Before I get back to my myth debunking, I wanted to let you know that I’m having a party tomorrow and you’re invited. No, really! Here’s your invitation:

Who: Anyone on Twitter
When: Thursday, 8:30 pm EST
Where: Twitter!

And now for the What:

Bloggers, you know how in your blog statistics you can see the search engine terms folks used to find or stumble upon your blog? In WordPress it looks like this:

Search Engine Terms

I glow with pleasure when someone searches for my blog by name, but other than that glad moment, today’s term crop was pretty tame. I can figure out which of my posts were connected with each and every one of those searches.

This is not always the case. On many days – if not most – the term crop is a source of amusement, wonder and downright confusion. The Search Engine Terms section has far surpassed the Spam Comments as my favorite statistics feature.

The searches can be wacky, such as, I’m a short smurf. Okay. Good to know.

Some make me wish I could’ve seen the person’s face when they clicked on the post. For instance, I’m positive that brown rice, demystified brought up this post. That person must have thought, What the…?

Some leave me scratching my own head. I can honestly say that I have NO idea where the person landed who searched for seymour paving doesn’t respond.

Ditto for my current favorite: wife groping stories while at cinema with her kids. I’m quite sure I don’t want to know for what it is that person was searching.

Some recent comments on Twitter have convinced me that other bloggers find this as hilarious and perplexing as I do. So, I thought, why not share the fun? Let’s have a hashtag party on Thursday night and swap #oddblogsearches!

Here’s How it works:

1. Make sure you’re logged into Twitter at 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, July 7th.
2. Get your #oddblogsearches ready!
3. Use the hashtag #oddblogsearches to Tweet your weird and wild search engine terms.
4. Use the hashtag #oddblogsearches to find and view other bloggers’ Tweets.
5. Don’t forget to comment on others’ Tweets!

The only rule is that you remember there are people behind those searches. Sure, we’ll be poking some good, clean fun at the terms as we wonder, how in the heck did that link to my blog? but let’s keep it light. Thanks!

If you aren’t a blogger, come on by anyway! It should be a few laughs. And don’t forget to spread the word!

A Super-Challenging Rebus

I decided I needed to make this announcement in style, so I used my mad skillz in Paint to create a super-challenging rebus. I think you’ll enjoy it. And don’t worry – if you get stumped, the answer is at the end of this post.

Okay, here goes. Mowenackie is now on:

face + book

I know, I know – it’s tough, right?! Here’s a hint: it’s another form of social media.

Give up?

Answer: face + book = Facebook

Nice job! I hope you’ll stop by, “Like” the Mowenackie page and join the conversation!

(Hello, everybody. I’m addicted to social media.)

How about you? Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Are you addicted to social media?

Guest Post at My Camo Colored Life

Today I am so excited to be guest blogging over at My Camo Colored Life. The lovely Maranda is in the process of moving into her new digs, so she asked me to pinch hit. Incidentally, while unpacking she is also battling a bug and tending to a sick four-year old…all while pregnant. That poor dear! Good thing she’s Army Strong. Nevertheless, head on over and show her some love!

Are You In the Fight?

My father has lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years now. Over time he’s had to give up his job, then his driver’s license. He’s gotten countless skinned knees from falling in parking lots or in the grocery store. He’s endured discomfort, strange looks and severe tremors. Now much of his time is spent in a wheelchair.

Yet, when the doctor asked whether he uses any implements to help him with day-to-day tasks he held up a shaking hand and quipped, “Well, yes. I eat rice with an umbrella.”

I love my dad with my whole heart and I feel helpless watching him struggle. My mother, too, has had a long road. I try to be there for them, but there is a limit to how much I can help.

So I do what I can, and what I can do is pass this on:

April is Parkinson’s awareness month. In an effort to spread the word, Ryan Reynolds has pledged to donate $10,000 to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research if their Facebook page reached 100,000 “likes” by the end of the month.

As I type this, they’re at 32,082. There are two days left in April.

Well, I’m coming in on the tail end of things, but I still want to do my part and I’m hoping you’ll join me. If you’re on Facebook, please take a minute to hop over to the MJFF page and click the “Like” button. It only takes a second but it would mean so much.

The MJFF does great things. Besides researching a cure, they also educate and create communities for those affected by PD. Most importantly, they provide hope for those living with the disease.

For me, having a part in this makes me feel just a little less helpless. And that’s huge.

Please pass this on.

I’m in. Are you?