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This Blog Is Still Alive…

On November 22, 2009, in Lifestyle, by Meghan
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Fall in Zion National Park, viewed from Angels Landing. Yes, this is real!

…just barely. I apologize for my long silence, but it’s not because I haven’t been thinking of people like you!

Truth be told, I don’t know how all of you do it. How do you have enough time to blog, read blogs, and just plain “be a blogger?” And, more than that, how do you additionally have time for all the other social networking venues of the Internets? This is a serious series of questions, not of the rhetorical type, that I’d love to hear from you about.

I’m struggling with my answers to these same questions. At the end of the day, when I’ve completed the requirements of my real-world life (work and its commute, training and recovery, cooking and eating, sleeping, socializing, and other accessory life details), there is no more free time. That’s it; that’s 24 hours right there! For example, at this exact moment, I am taking time away from both cooking and training to spend ninety minutes or so replying to emails and writing this short blog post.

Even though I’ve been silent, all is well. Fall is in full swing in the Sierra Nevada foothills and we ran our way up into the delicate place of almost winter at 9000 feet yesterday. This fall, I’ve done shite ton of base building for next spring’s Marathon des Sables (About half of it has come through cross training, though, as I continue to recover my foot. We shall see next April if that holds up in the court of competition.). The blessing of two weeks of vacation in the desert southwest filled with time spent with friends, time making new friends, running, and other desert play reminded me that the desert still holds a firm grip on at least one of my heartstrings. All is well in my world.

I intend to shortly blog about some of this fall’s adventures, including those in the desert southwest. Please stay patiently tuned; in the meantime, I’d love to hear your answers to my above-mentioned questions: How do you have enough time to blog, read blogs, and just plain “be a blogger?? And, more than that, how do you additionally have time for all the other social networking venues of the Internets?

Happy week of Thanksgiving! Give thanks this week for the special parts of your life!

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10 Responses to “This Blog Is Still Alive…”

  1. olga says:

    Not to worry, Meg, I think blogs are dying a slow death:) Run on, there is more to life! I hardly read them myself now with a job that doesn't have a computer. But occasioanlly I check in.

  2. polar barb says:

    Um, I have a desk job so I blog at work. That probably explains why my posts are not super fancy! Sorry, I do not have great advice for you. I would not recommend sleeping any less 🙂

    Glad to see you're back, Meghan!

  3. SteveQ says:

    There's an either/or thing in social networking; I don't think one can maintain a Facebook or Myspace page and blog here at the same time.

    I find that putting blogs of interest into Google Reader cuts down on searching for things. Then I delete anything that doesn't seem immediately interesting, which tends to mean only people I know and their race reports.

    As for writing, I actually compose while running and just type mindlessly. It seems to work most of the time.

    The more I run, the less I blog. Having been sick or injured most of the year really helped blogging.

  4. Gretchen says:

    I give thanks for adventures with Meghan! I finally posted a report on the Zion weekend myself. I've just been too busy having fun to blog, and that's totally okay. When I do blog, yes it sometimes takes away from other things like family time. I try to balance it, but I recognize blogging as valuable for me for more than just social networking. The writing really helps me reflect on my experiences, and I know I get more out of them that way. I learn more and gain more. As far as reading other blogs, or facebook-type-things, I waver greatly in my time and interest to doing them. If I have 5 or 10 minutes at work where my brain needs a break, I might read a blog. I also go for months without reading them, with a few exceptions.
    Anyway, looking forward to more future adventures!

  5. Danni says:

    Dude, if you don't have time for blogging it's no skin off your booty!!! Who cares. It's all good.

  6. Leslie's Keith says:

    When you work at home…or spend time alone in hotel rooms 'on the road', social networking beats TV! Quick breaks away from the phone or computer work keep me sane…

    Besides…without all this, we never would have met you Meghan! And you know we love you! Can't wait to spend time with you in person again…(OK…I'm speaking for Les on this one too!)

    Love,

    Keith

  7. Sunshine Girl says:

    Ummm, if it was REAL why aren't you pointing at it?

  8. JeffO says:

    Well, since you and Olga don't post much anymore, I'm not drawn to blogging as much. Since I've been injured, I haven't had so many adventures to blog about.
    I've had people tell me to Facebook, twitter, and MySpace, but I draw the line – no more than FB and blog.
    And I warn my friends that I get so much traffic, and FB is not formatted very sensibly, I might never see pokes, messages, etc, and I won't use FB for games.

    If I was in a fresh relationship, that would take too much time. I'd have to quit blogging, and FB would be minimal.
    My company blocks social networks and blogs, so that makes it harder.
    I have NO time for TV. I can name maybe one sports player by name, and maybe three TV shows I've heard of. I'm off the grid for that sort of thing.

    Glad to hear you're heading for MdS again!
    My foot is just beginning-to-begin to heal, for real, but I'll miss next year.
    Good luck in training.

  9. Meghan says:

    Hello all! I appreciate your thoughts and answers to my questions. I'm hoping to learn some from kind people like you!

    Olga- I don't know if blogs in general are dying a slow death, but some certainly are. mine, for instance, has been in the last months. I hope you are enjoying your new sans computer job!

    Barb- You're right, I do not plan to sleep any less. Sleeping good!

    Steve- You're right, I would benefit from putting blogs into Google reader. (Sadly, I might have to have someone show me how to do that, though!) It would save reading/surfing time, no doubt!

    And definitely, the more you're out being active, the less inclined/able you are to be in front of the computer. And vice versa for times of injury and/or inactivity.

    Gretchen- You nailed the exact reason why I began blogging in the first place, documenting/reflecting/expressing all life's adventures and how they made me feel. Blogging is somewhat like journaling in this way, an outlet.

    The social networking part is an awesome added benefit. I'm sooooooo grateful for this network, as it's allowed me to meet and run with some cool people (Like you!) who I would never otherwise know!

    Danni- See my other comments here. I do want to be a blogger, for myself, not necessarily for others. Though there is some motivation in writing/posting things that inspire others to get out there, get active, and to love the mountains/woods/streams/fields/etc. And there is definite motivation in seeing how others are loving being out in their worlds. I don't WANT to go away!

    Leslie's Keith- Yep, when you're on the road, it helps you connect, right!?

    One of the most special things about this place is meeting fabulous people like you and your amazing wife!

    Leslie- I need YOU to come and point at the canyon, silly!

    JeffO- I really like your new adventure blog, and I enjoy coming to it to see what other things you're doing besides running. You live in an amazing place and you can do so many active things to enjoy that place, it's great that you're discovering this.

    Running (and blogging, and other social networking) will be here when you need/want it. This I have also learned the same hard way that you are.

    Thanks again to all of you for your thoughts and encouragement!

  10. Hart says:

    i hear ya meghan. i started tweeting to my facebook and the blog is slowly dying. it's funny i just this morning tweeted that i need to start blogging again. it's a great way to share adventures that can't be shared via twitter, or at least not fully. and that is why i read your blog, to see what you are up to, to be inspired, to see pretty pictures of places i might need to visit, etc.

    finding time is the hard part. it's low on the priority list obviously. ask your boyfriend how he does it – that dood pumps out more content than anyone on the internets.

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