. . . I would tell you I’m publishing my coffee post here this weekend because Diana’s busy offline and I’m shamelessly taking the opportunity to write for the blog with the biggest audience 😉
And I would tell you I am finally back on my feet after three weeks suffering through influenza and pneumonia. I still have a huge to-do list at work and an even longer one for the blogs. My posts are still not getting published on time. But at least they’re getting published.
I would tell you that as much as I try to have a good attitude and enjoy the holidays, they’ve always been hard on me and I feel them closing in. My depression kicks into high gear this time of year. It’s the combination of lack of sunlight and having to run the roads for two solid months, which means less time for writing, and writing is one of my best coping strategies. And the people. So many people.
I’m an online extrovert, and I am much more assertive and outgoing offline now that I have ever been in my life, but I do not deal well with crowds, nor with constant social interaction. I need a lot of alone time to maintain my mental and emotional stability, and I never get enough of it in November and December. I have to be more mindful of my mental state this time of year than any other. If I don’t, the depression fuels the anxiety and I end up being a paralyzed bundle of nerves by the middle of January. The blogging helped mightily with that last year; I’m hoping it proves to be equally therapeutic this year.
I’d tell you that my family is doing fine, and nothing much to report there. No funny grandson stories this week. It was just one of those weeks where everyone went to work and school, and we mostly got to bed on time every night. He’s out of school this whole week for Thanksgiving, and I’m off starting on Wednesday, so I’m looking forward to a little boy-time over the break.
My blogging and other social media is also good, especially considering the fact that I’ve not been around very much since Halloween. Just Gene’O is picking up followers, and I have no idea why, because I’m not doing anything over there I haven’t been doing for awhile. Sourcerer‘s doing as well for contributors as we’ve ever done, and I’m looking to have a big spring with that blog.
I’ve already got enough support for next year’s Feminist Friday discussions to feel as though it’s worth my time to lay out a schedule and write a post for the first round, and I’m expecting to hear from a few more bloggers in the next week or so. My @Sourcererblog Twitter account is lurching in fits and starts toward 5K followers. I’m following a ton of new accounts this weekend, and hoping to get over that hump in the next month or so. I’ve finally got enough bloggers who interact with me on other social media in my Facebook network to feel as though sharing blog links on my timeline is worthwhile. Life is good on the social media for me now, and it’s good because I have so many awesome friends to interact with.
And I’d ask you what you’ve been up to since the last time we had coffee.