How many blogs do you write on? Have you started, and/or abandoned different blogs over the years?
I thought blogging was going out of style after the initial mom-blog bandwagon that I, too, jumped on. Today, I seem to notice no shortage of blogs, and most have nothing to do with parenting! Plus, it appears empty-nesters and seniors are happily blogging away, as my reader feed tells me.
This makes me happy. 😊
I currently maintain two blogs: this one, and the Sorry, Can’t Hear You blog.
You may ask why bother having two blogs. For some people with huge followings on their own blog, this may sound quite ambitious…and, it is. It takes work and dedication to reach, and maintain, readership. My hat’s off to you!
If you happen to wander over to my Sorry, Can’t Hear You blog, you will see that I am very inconsistent with my posting over there. Or check the right margin under Recent Posts; see the big gap between November and June?
Sometimes months, even years, go by without me typing a single word into that blog.
There is a reason for that.
The reason is that I don’t want to identify as only one type of person: there is more to me than the label ‘hearing impaired’ or ‘hard of hearing’ or ‘almost deaf’ or ‘disabled’.
None of those terms are an accurate description of me. If you’ve read for any length of time on this blog, you know that I am a wearer of many, many hats. Also, I happen to encompass many, many emotions and personality traits. (That’s middle-aged women for ya, ha!) 🙂 🙄
When I first started blogging I was a first-time mom. That was 13 years ago. I was busy feeling that, not the hearing loss. Although ironically that was the same exact time when my right ear lost all its hearing. I remember waking up one morning and realizing it was happening right now, and I went from being able to manage relatively well to being in denial.
There, I said it. I was in denial, on purpose, wishing for it to go away.
That didn’t happen. My right ear was, is, broken.
There is no chance it will reverse.
My left ear in the meantime remained at ‘require a hearing aid to hear’ level. It hasn’t changed much, but it too is suffering some progressive loss yearly.
So I needed an outlet to talk about that rather big part of me: the disability. For reasons I can’t quite comprehend, I didn’t want to include the disability in my Writer of Words blog. I had this deep-seated need to separate the hearing-loss writer with the sports-mom writer (or the cook-mom, or the chauffeur-mom, or the disciplinarian-mom, or whatever).
Anyway, every once in a while, after some serious neglect, I sit in my little corner feeling down, overwhelmed, stressed or anxious. It didn’t occur to me until the other day that some of the reasons I was feeling this way recently had to do with another adjustment in my hearing; I seem to be dealing with more progressive loss. (My loss is due to a serious childhood illness, not age related, although aging appears to be contributing to it nowadays…)
So I fooled around with the Sorry blog and then I wrote something one day and another thing the next day. Call it catharsis, if you will.
So that’s why I blog in two places. 🙃
I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on multiple blogging. Or, reading them, ahem…