Last Tuesday, sometime in the late afternoon, the Feeding on Folly site went down.
A light within the blogging universe was extinguished.
Did you sense it?
Alas, it was a dark day, my friends. A dark three days, to be exact. Our Feeding on Folly Lady was not seen again until late Friday evening, when she reappeared right before our bedtime.
Where did she go, you ask?
We do not know. The story from WordPress Support is that she was being held captive by an entity only known by its initials: DNS. What indignities she must have suffered during this time we can only imagine, for as of yet, our Lady remains silent.
In any case, she is back now and I for one am glad of it. Her time away caused me great sorrow. Without her, I felt an empty shell of my former blogger self.
Perhaps this feeling was unreasonable given my current haphazard posting schedule. Those of you who have been with us since the early days, back when we were first pressing that “publish” button with nervous trepidation, you remember how regularly we published then, yes? Some of you set your clocks by it.
But lately our posts have been irregular. Maybe a Wednesday, maybe a Thursday, maybe nothing at all.
Worse yet, I began to neglect my poor Lady. Allowed her side bar to get dusty, cobwebs collected in her corners, and let’s not even discuss her Facebook page.
Actually, let’s do.
Not that long ago, Facebook emailed regarding it:
We noticed it’s been a while since you last visited Feeding on Folly. We want to make sure that your Page continues to provide value for you.
If you’d like to know how to make your Page work better for you, please take a moment to answer a quick question so we can help guide you.
So you see? Even Facebook was worried about us. We had to change our relationship status with them to “It’s complicated.”
To be honest, these past couple months I’ve been wondering why I even have a blog. In the past, my reason was simple: My work life was in a rut and I longed to do something creative. I needed to open a new door and I thought this blog might provide the key.
And for a while, it did. It stretched my thinking, got me trying new writing forms, challenged me to start drawing and best of all, got me involved in a community of highly creative, beautiful people. I don’t regret a single moment of it.
Then Husband and I moved to Minnesota. I started a new job that is keeping me both intellectually and creatively stimulated. And one morning I wake up and realize something.
No, more than content. I’m happy. My home life, work life, spiritual life, creative life – it’s all being fed. Things aren’t perfect, of course. Nothing ever is in this world. But it’s good. It’s really good.
Which then brought me back to our Lady. If my needs are being met elsewhere, why do I have this blog? Maybe it’s just wasting my time.
And then my Lady vanished and my heart broke. Dear God, I thought, she matters to me! I wanted her back.
That’s when it occurred to me. Rather than considering what I need from this blog, I should focus instead on what the Lady and I can provide: a place to look at life (and ourselves) a little less seriously and a little more lovingly.
Not that we won’t ever be serious. Some things require a serious touch. But in the main, offer a lighter outlook as we learn about life. And have a little fun in the learning.
So as I worked with WordPress Support to recover our Lady and awaited the list of demands from DNS, I prepared for her return. I updated her home with a new theme, created a new heading, tidied up her sidebar and even added an additional one so she could see her friends from the Community (though if you’re reading this on a tablet or phone, they’re probably hanging out somewhere underneath).
I also changed a few things to better reflect the direction this site has taken. For instance, the tagline no longer reads, “Laugh a little, eat a lot!”
That was created long ago when this site was offering recipes with every post. Since I no longer do that, I fear it was just confusing people. However I left the recipe page because I know people are still clicking on that. Besides, there’s always a chance I’ll offer a recipe now and then. I’m not giving that up completely.
And now that our Lady is back, we are excited about our new digs and the possibilities our new outlook is giving us.
So if, by chance, you visited during our down time and saw this:
Now you know why. And now you see the future home that was promised.
Ain’t it cool?!