I know I've been blogging a long time when I can't even remember what year I started. And then I'm afraid to look. Because when I do, I see that it was five years ago. Five years, that I've been trying to get it right, consistently write good posts and find some kind of affirmation that perhaps what I've written has touched someone or made a difference, or at the very least made them chuckle a bit.
My life was so different back in February 2007, when I started writing Over the Backyard Fence. I had three young kids at home and I was a part-time-work-from-home/stay-at-home Mom. We lived in a very quiet neighborhood, and there were times when I longed for a neighbor who I could chat with on a whim, or pop in and share a cup of tea. I started reading blogs and found lots of women who were stay-at-home-moms and homemakers. I started up my own blog and before I knew it, I had a nice group of "neighbors" to share ideas and stories and a cup of coffee or tea. I even got to meet a couple of them IRL (that's, in real life) and some of the friendships carried over to long conversations on email.
In many ways, I long for those days again. When the month of May meant Field Day, kindergarten graduation, MOPS end of the year luncheons and counting the days until the pool opened. They were good times. Then, as happens when families grow and mature, things get a little more complicated. My life looks so different now than it did back then, in many ways that I've shared on my blog and many that have been kept private, as it should be. As much as I enjoy writing about decorating redo's, gardening and my favorites, The Daybook and Friday Fave Five, lately I find it hard to be as authentic as I'd like to be. And, quite simply, that makes it hard to keep on writing.
All this to say that I think my blog has run its course. I've been thinking about this for some time now and have decided to shut 'er down for a while. Having learned to never say 'never,' I can't say if it's temporary or for good. Enjoy the summer.