The Blogout for the Kingdom is over and I must admit that—at least here—it was not quite what I had imagined.
Car troubles consumed far more of my time than I had planned. As a result, much less got accomplished than I had hoped. I did get my thank you notes written to folks who had been an influence on my spiritual development, so at least that was completed. But otherwise, too many things on my list were punted.
It was a great week for relationships, though. We spent time with my side of the family, hung out with a couple who are great friends, and I contacted an old friend who was able to get together with my brothers and me.
But for all my hope for a spiritual retreat week, well, I recall something about mice, men, and plans that certainly applies.
I retreated from all other blog-visiting, too. Combined with my own Blogout, I was surprised at how little I missed it all. I've long wondered if blogging substitutes for personal relationships in some cases. I know this is not a popular opinion, but I found the face-to-face contact I had this week to be more "real" than Web-based contacts. This isn't a slam on the relationships I've developed online—by no means!—but encountering a person face-to-face is just better.
This got me back to the theme I've explored a few times this year: whether blogging is worth it. My conclusion after this week is that I'm not sure. I hope that doesn't disappoint anyone.
Does this mean that Cerulean Sanctum is going away? Probably not. But this last week reminded me that I was missing out on a few things because of blogging. That goes beyond writing this blog and to the others that I read, too. What it may mean is that December becomes a light month. I know that I MUST complete my novel in the next few weeks. Regular posting may be the casualty—but I've said that before.
If you joined in the Blogout, let me know how it went for you.