I’ve been trying to switch from my “new” blog (my currently active one) back to my “old” one, which hasn’t had any new activity on it for over two years. The first step was to eliminate all the old posts on my old blog so I could start fresh. I then needed to write two posts, a “good-bye” one and a “hello, again” one. Once those two were posted, I could stop using the “new” blog and start posting to the “old” one again. I also needed to figure out both the process and appropriate timing to change the two feeds I have for my blog.
After several months of “working” on it, all I had accomplished was to delete most of the old posts on my old blog and stop posting to my current blog. For some reason I couldn’t decide on an appropriate post to make a new start on my old blog. Nor had I figured out the correct order of all the steps I needed to take to make the transition work smoothly. My dithering has resulted in no posts on either blog for almost two months.
Apparently, a two-month lull is sufficient motivation to finally get me to move forward again. Therefore, this will be my last post on this blog, unless this switch proves less than satisfactory. In which case, I’ll be back. But I’m feeling optimistic and invite you to join me in my move “back to the future.” My first post on my newly revived blog introduces my “Boomer Bits” idea, which I confess to having already mentioned on my Facebook page. But it seems appropriate—a slightly used idea for a slightly used blog.
Hopefully, you’re not already overwhelmed by free e-books, like I am. (I blogged about that on our group blog—Favorite Titles.) But whether you are or not, prepare yourself for a brand new onslaught. There will be hundreds of great books available from March 4 – 10 to celebrate “Read an E-Book Week.” The official REBW website is a great place to get more information about the event. Then there’s Smashwords, which will probably have hundreds of free and discounted e-books available throughout the week.
Or you can get a jumpstart on REBW by grabbing Book of Blognots, Not Blogs, which will be free tomorrow (March 3). For procrastinators or those who want to first check out all the other freebies to see if there are better ones available, my book will also be free on Tuesday, March 6. Actually, I’m sure there will be better ones than mine, but you still might want to pick it up while it’s free.
The Universe has a quirky sense of humor that can be capricious at times. Other times, it can verge on the downright contrary. This makes life interesting, to say the least, because you never know what to expect. And sometimes the Universe seems to go out of its way to embarrass you. If you foolishly announce something out loud, it’ll step in to contradict you. Not every time, of course, because that would be too predictable.
The latest example occurred when I decided to set aside Sundays this year as “no computer” days. Everything went well for the first month and a half, probably because I only told one person about it. But then I made the mistake of writing up a short piece for my blog about my decision and how well things were going so far. The article was ready to post when I made an additional mistake of emailing someone to explain why I wouldn’t be emailing him on Sunday. The combination was just too much for the Universe to resist.
A week ago Saturday night when I did my last internet/email check for the weekend, I received information that I wanted to research further as soon as possible. However, I had already spent way too much time on my computer during the day and really couldn’t face spending my evening on the internet. Besides, the whole idea behind “no computer” days was to eventually wean myself from spending long hours sitting at the computer until screen was blurry and I felt exhausted.
I decided to wait until Sunday to research it—just this one time. After all, one slip-up doesn’t matter that much, as long as you’re committed to your goal. This was nothing more than a little “oops.” Of course, this meant rewriting my blog post to account for it (aka explain/justify it). And because apparently I’m a slow learner, I went ahead and told more people about my “no computer” Sundays. Yes, you guessed it. This past Saturday, once again I received information that I really, really wanted to research as soon as possible.
So that makes two Sundays in a row spending many, many hours on the internet. Although I can no longer claim it’s going well, it doesn’t necessarily mean I failed. I haven’t given up on the idea of spending less time on the computer and do hope to continue to have “no computer” Sundays. As often as possible, anyway. But I may need to find other ways to reduce my computer time. And here’s the most worrisome part—the Universe basically reflects back who you are. So I have to wonder why the Universe seems to have such a capricious sense of humor. Is it just the Universe or am I really that contrary?
If you live in harmony with your spiritual essence, life becomes easier. This harmony is like the difference between absorbing your native tongue as a child and studying a foreign language as an adult. It’s like floating gently downstream, letting the current carry you along, instead of paddling madly upstream against the rapids. Harmony can even move an immense boulder to the very top of a mountain peak as if it was merely guiding the boulder downward to the valley below.
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