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Blog Hopping

Day 99

Today I did some blog hopping. Now, I normally peruse different blogs every day and read what I can. I have found some great people to follow, but today I was hopping from and to my own blogs.

I have three blogs on WordPress. I’m pretty sure I have one on Blogger which gets no time. I also have blogs on my old business website and I have another that I shared with some very close friends and my sister.

sistersWell, let me just say I spent way too long today reading all my sister’s old ‘journals’. I know she would not want them public because they were shared privately. I went through a firestorm of events and all the accompanying emotions — eight years of our shared lives. It was like talking to her again, I could hear the tenor and inflections of her voice.

I started thinking about all my blogs. Should I combine them here? I have followers on various blogs, but if I do not post there, what would it hurt to bring them over? Then there’s always the question of staying on the free WordPress platform or migrating to my own website — which already exists. Consolidation is appealing.

I’m not too worried about analytics except that I love the WordPress reader and it makes following blogs so easy. I was a web designer and I know the SEO game which would be necessary if I went outside WordPress.com and back to a self-hosted WordPress account.

I also stumbled on a website called BlogBooker.com where I could archive my blogs into a book format. That sounds tempting, too, except some of my old blogs were pretty personal and shared only privately.

My mind keeps going back to some of the events I read about today. Visits by my daughter and myself to Virginia, the passing of my step-mother, the birth of my niece and two of my grandchildren. All laid out in great detail. Some of it was painful to read, but a reminder of the full life I’ve led.

So, today I ponder what to do about this digital footprint I have spread on the Internet. I am not sure what I will decide to do with all this history of my life, but I feel compelled to do something.

Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote a long time ago. Such memories! I do not want to lose these memories. And consolidating means losing the comments of people who are no longer here. I am not sure I would handle that well…

Relationships, Sisters and the Value of Macaroni Salad

 

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2 thoughts on “Blog Hopping”

  1. Maggie,
    Your post brought tears to my eyes. Such a deep connection you have. Sadly I have no connection to my brothers. I needed to learn to disconnect from toxicity. I am happy for the love you have for your family. As family members cease to be present in this physical reality they remain in our hearts and memories. For that I am grateful.
    Gentle hugs,
    Lauren

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    1. I am so sorry you do not have that closeness, but you are doing the right thing by protecting yourself and your health. Sometimes our closest family are those people we choose. Blood does not make us family. Only love can do that. 💕

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