blogging · Dry Life · Journal

Does ‘community’ apply to blogging?

Found this on Twitter this morning, and in the comments people mentioned that either they don’t comment on others’ blogs, or others don’t comment on theirs…

No one asked me, but I’d like to defend lazy blog posts. Not everything needs to be a 300 word masterpiece. You can just share an open ended question and wait to see what conversations unfold in the comments.— Josepha Haden Chomphosy (@JosephaHaden) June 21, 2022

Which got me wondering about the nearly 200 followers I have and the less than a handful of comments posts get. And then it dawned on me that I don’t really comment very often, either. I think we all got so used to hitting ‘like’ or ‘heart’ that anything more in this now, now, now online world has been trained out of us. You can even click on the star here on WordPress for ‘like’ instead of commenting.

Have we lost the ability to communicate and connect?

Starting on the 1st, my guy and are going to do a month without alcohol. Dry July without the sponsors. That’s what yesterday’s question was concerning and wanting the community aspect was part of my dilemma.

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Sticking with WordPress makes sense because yes, you can comment on Substack, but it’s another site you’d have to sign up for in order to comment, and if you’re reading this, you either already get these posts via email or there’s another way you read them, so maybe you’ll comment as the month goes on (or even join in!).

I don’t know if I’ll post daily, but will most likely multiple times a week, so if you’re someone who prefers a streamlined inbox, following the blog here on WordPress and reading at will might be a better option.

Here’s to a blogging community and a dry july!

With hope and love,

Pip 🌻✨🫖

©Pip Miller – June 2022

Journal

The Peace of a Day

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It’s cold and rainy, though every now and again the sun tries to peek through the clouds. I’m on the couch, two blankets, and a background focus YouTube channel is quietly playing in my earbuds. It would be lovely except for the pain, so much pain for both of us today. His spinal stenosis and my fibromyalgia. We can barely walk, even with aids. I found this pain chart a while ago that digs deeper than the usual ‘on a scale of 1-10’, and I’m on about 8.5 and he’s a solid 10. He hovers between 8-10 on a daily basis, but “weather” always intensifies it.

My mom found this Fibro/CFS test, and I’m a yep for both. No surprise. Fibro is weird, though, because everyone’s symptoms are different and to a differing degree; pain is the common denominator, though. One thing, the CFS has become quite the issue with me since last July, and while there are days that I can function almost ‘normally’, most days I’m simply fried from waking to bedtime. It sucks.

Reading the ‘quiet blogs’, as I call them, sort of kicked in the blog more idea, even though it’s not always related to energy healing. Then name is This Healing Hobbit’s Life, not This Healing Hobbit’s Work, and it’s my blog, so I can pretty much do what I want, correct? I thought so.

I do have another session a couple hours, and maybe another one to sneak in before then. I also send light to him instead of doing hands-on because it seems to help his pain more if I do it that way; hands-on puts him to sleep.

The sun is trying so very hard to shine through the clouds, but I don’t think it’s going to succeed. It’s so beautiful outside, and this music is lovely. I think I’ll try to get up and make some tea. Wish me luck!

With hope and love,

Pip 🌻✨

©Pip Miller – March 2022

Journal · Social Media

5 Things That Caught My Eye

I sit down to write a post, and again, there’s just so much that it’s hard to bring into a cohesive post. So instead I thought I’d list a few things that I’ve come across and that really interest me.

I dropped social media, and it’s been 7 days since I let go of my public Twitter, and I’ve got to say, the urge to log in and reactivate it is strong. Because for some reason retweeting important information feels like making a difference in the world, when in actuality there are so many accounts doing the same that it’s just whistling in the wind, ya know? I’ll let the ones with untold numbers of followers do the heavy lifting.

I must admit that I’ve logged into Instagram because there are certain friends who dropped Twitter for the same stressful reasons, and IG is their home. I don’t post, comment, or share, and I’ve only checked in twice. I don’t follow very many people, so it’s easy to catch up without checking in daily.

I have, though, been reading a lot of blogs, thanks to this post, Blogs: How to Find Them & All the Blogs I Subscribe To by Leonie Dawson, who I tend to check into every few years, though I haven’t followed her regularly for a long time. I found that post via Why Me and My Business Don’t Do Social Media Anymore, something you know I’ve been interested in for a while. Granted she has a billion followers, so it’s a lot different for her, but I still like the idea. The internet is too loud, period.

And from that, we head into my list:

1: Pop-up newsletters. New concept to me, and I love the idea! I’m terrible with newsletters, though I know that building an email list is super important because if the platforms you are using for your business disappear, you can still contact the people who are interested in you. So maybe a specific, short-term newsletter will act as a challenge for me, and get the ball rolling.

2: Evernote. I’ve actually had Evernote for quite a few years, but haven’t really used it for quite a few. It’s upgraded and snazzy, with a dark theme (I use that on every site that has it). You can use it on two devices for free, but need to upgrade for more. The phone widget on Android is really nice and wicked easy to use. I’m saving stuff left and right, instead of bookmarking or putting into folders, at which I never, ever look.

3: Aspergers blogs. This one has a list of traits that is really interesting (scroll past the intro). The website is packed with information, too. At least two members of my family are on the spectrum, and there is a lot of the list that really, really resonates with me. 😂

4: Meteorological vs Astronomical seasons. I LOVE this!!!! I am ALL on board with the meteorological definitions, especially since here in the southwest, spring is already in the works a lot earlier than at the solstice. Heck, a friend posted that her lilacs were in bloom not long ago, and ours bloom early in the year and are gone before ‘spring’ is here. The 3 week difference between meterological and astronomical makes a big difference. And while it’s still hot enough for swamp coolers here, the nights cooled down almost as soon as September started…fall showing her colors. Trees are already changing – even some of the pine trees, which is unusual.

And last but not least,

5: Be the Lighthouse by Alexandra Franzen. I know I’m mentioned this post over the years, but every time I come across it (this time by pulling up Evernote again), it really hits home. As my friend Michael (check out his artwork…gorgeous!) told me, “Be the light, Pip. Be the light.” I forget that when I get really scared and depressed about the state of humanity and the globe – which tend to be the times I want to blog; a throwback to journaling pre-internet days.

Speaking of journaling, I’ve started doing that more regularly since stepping away from Twitter. Mortality is never far from my thoughts, and I’d stopped writing in part because I didn’t want anyone to find it after I die and learn more than they ever need to know about too many things, including, maybe, themselves. So I’ve come up with a compromise: I write in a spiral bound notebook instead of the pretty hard bound ones I normally use, and every week (or after a particularly emotional entry) I shred the pages. I get my feelings out, and don’t worry about something that would never affect me anyway cuz I’ll be dead, but still bugs me. Weird, right?

What do you guys (I need a better group term…I’m not southern enough to pull off y’all) think of the pop-up newsletter? Would you be interested in signing up and seeing how it goes?

Anyway…

Much love, and please, please get vaccinated and wear masks. Double-mask, even (I am). Delta is that contagious and too many are acting like all is well. It’s not.

Pip 🌻

©Pip Miller – September 2021