I’m BAAaack. In At Least Two Ways.
OK, I know, it’s been awhile. Buy in my defense, I have been sick, traveling and busy. So we’ll cover both being back’s today, in reverse order. And then hopefully backfill the rest of the blog with stuff I missed, then front fill with new stuff. With me so far? OK, let’s go.
Return of the Blogger
I should have started this blog, oh, about ten years ago, back when blogging was, for lack of a more accurate word, cool. After all I worked in the technology field, kept up with the latest happenings, created and consumed content, what more could you want in a blog? But I know me, and I know the greatest challenge would be keeping it up. The key to a successful blog isn’t just good content, though that is important, but regular servings of content, and I knew there was a good chance I would start strong and then fade. If you read blogs, you’ve probably seen it happen; heck, I don’t really read blogs and I’ve seen it happen. It’s tough to keep up a regular flow of good content. So that’s why I reluctant to start one.
But our adventure in Chile wasn’t just an excuse to start one, knowing I’d have lots of good regular content, but a blog was also going to be the easiest way to keep people caught up with our happenings. I didn’t want to use Facebook for all that, certainly wasn’t going to send out e-mails, and Twitter’s a little difficult for regular, good-sized chunks of content. So I started this blog, the domain for which I had owned for at least a year. And in Chile, it worked. I was marginally less busy than at home, but again most importantly I was regularly accumulating good content and at least a few people wanted to read.
But now the real challenge begins: keeping it up. Now in theory this shouldn’t be difficult: I still work with technology, use lots of different hardware and software, try to keep up with the latest happenings, so the content is there. The problem is, well, see above. So the key for me going forward, especially once I finish providing all my fabulous insights on our time in Chile, will be setting aside a few minutes several times a week to provide to you, my faithful readers, my insights on subjects related to the title of this blog. Hope you keep reading, and feel free to bring your friends.
So the other return was, of course, returning from Chile to Peoria. I thought I’d cover that here, but I’ve already gone a little longer than I thought, so we’ll cover the return trip later, and briefly discuss what it’s like being back.
It’s a little weird.
I think the weirdness comes from plane travel, the ability to get on a plane and overnight, and through a bunch of the next day, and one more plane, and a bus ride later, voila, you’re 5,000 miles from where you started and walking back into the house you left three and a half months ago. As if you had never been gone. Particularly because we didn’t have a house sitter, so the house really was essentially unchanged form when we left. Except for the corroded water pipe in the basement, fortunately a small leak and easily fixed by our contractor.
And it’s taken a week, but I’m starting to feel not just like I’m back, but like I’m ready to get back, on track and on schedule, getting stuff done. I’ve even cooked and mostly filled the refrigerator again.
But until I bake bread, it doesn’t really count. The yeast’s been out for about 5 days. Maybe tomorrow.
Meanwhile, enjoy this short video of our Beagle Hoover’s reaction when I went to pick him up from the home he stayed in while we were away.