I’ve had a rough week. But I’m typically someone who likes to find the silver lining in things, and so I’m going to share my experience this week with you through the teeny tiny lens of blogging.
Sometimes it takes something bad to happen to realize that you’ve been judgmental in the past. Even if it was just a thought that you had.
Wanna know what that thought was that I’m not so proud of? In the past, when bloggers would go dark on their blogs and blame “personal issues” there was always a part of me that was a little annoyed. I couldn’t relate to what would be so personal that you couldn’t just spill the beans. What is wrong? It reminded me of being a kid and having your friend tell you that they knew something that they couldn’t tell you. Either keep it to yourself, or tell me what it is!
This week, all I really wanted to do was crawl into a hole. I didn’t want to share what going on with you guys- not because I wanted to be all secret squirrel about the what of it, but because I didn’t have the energy to put anything into words. And if I was going to just avoid the negative topics altogether- well, the stuff that I normally blog about just didn’t seem that important anymore.
In case you’re curious, here is the what of my week: on Sunday afternoon, someone really close to me and my family lost their father. He was 56. The next morning, my parents had to put our family dog to sleep. He was 15, but no matter how you shake it, it’s hard to lose the pet that you’ve had since you were 9.
While this was all happening, I was desperately trying to get my site back up and running, and working on client projects that were wrapping up. I decided to plow through work and launch as usual. I just didn’t have the energy to share what I was going through online.
So now I understand why bloggers sometimes say they’re going through some personal stuff and leave it at that. In fact, I basically said that on my Facebook page on Wednesday. I hated to be vague like that, but I had to let put it out there that I would be a little absent this week, but writing a full blog post about it just seemed like too much to handle.
So what’s the point of all this? This got retweeted and showed up in my Twitter feed in the middle of the week, and I think that sums it up quite nicely. You just never know what someone else is going through. And for the record- that’s a reminder for me. Everyone has perfectly nice to me this week- I’m lucky to have some pretty wonderful clients!
How have you handled this sort of thing on your blog? I’d love to hear from you!