No, actually, I've been around.
I didn't mean to take so along a break from blogging. What started out as a few days' wondering, hardly to be noticed, about the direction of this blog grew to a few weeks...and then mushroomed (courtesy of a hard drive crash) into a major retrenchment from the virtual world. It wasn't just blogging—I found myself putting aside almost all engagement online—e-mail, Facebook, Pinterest (some experimentation with Twitter was an exception, but even there I'm so reclusive that I'm not sure it would really qualify as engagement).
I wish I could say something definitive about my time off—I learned something about myself, or I directed my attention to some now-completed project in real life—some object lesson to draw from my absence. I'm afraid I don't have anything that neat and tidy. That's not to say it was not productive, or enlightening. The good, the bad, and the ugly were all there—this is life, after all; we've been busy, and we have some big things going on. (Who doesn't? I would love your prayers, and I would love to hear from you so I can pray for you personally, too.) And I've been learning about myself, even if I can't expound it into a moral of the story.
But I've missed blogging, or at least the idea of blogging; and I've frequently wondered if and how to get back into it. I decided on a much more casual tone. To study over everything is my default mode, but, given my lifestyle, that basically means that lots of things I want to share never see the cyberlight of day.
So I'll be blogging by the seat of my pants, so to speak, and I hope people find it to their liking. I also really would have liked to have a big new start with a redesign—something to justify the silence, if only in my own head—but there are a few things I want to post that just won't wait. Ah, well. Maybe later.
In the meantime, enjoy your holiday weekend. We get to have more than a week between Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent this year, so I hope to weigh in between now and then. I hope to see you around!