December didn’t really prepare us for how the rest of winter would turn out. It’s been really cold, like wake-me-up-when-it’s-spring kind of cold. Snow blows in every week and the sidewalk curbs have permanent piles of hard, frozen snow that never seem to melt away. Everyday, we wrap ourselves in huge scarves, put hoods up over our hats and slip our snow boots on. Winter fatigue has definitely set in. We used to take weekends to go explore the city or jump in the car for short one day road trips, but the past few weeks we’ve stayed put. We even cancelled a trip down to D.C. for winter break – just too damn cold and snowy to spend any amount of time outdoors. Instead, we cleaned the house this weekend, cooked and got our paperwork together for tax season. Not exactly fun times, but nobody complained about being housebound. At least we don’t have the snow totals like Boston – it could be a lot worse. (Sorry, neighbors to the North!)
I’ve been feeling social media fatigue too. My job requires me to be online all the time now (even more so than before if you can imagine that!) and part of what I do is analyze social platforms and saturate myself in media. I think that’s part of the reason why I’ve been quiet on the blog lately. Sometimes it’s all too much. The internet feels big. But as some of you who are business owners know, you can’t stay quiet on social for too long, not when you own a business. Figuring out these social networks as they evolve and change is an ongoing strategy and puzzle. Since I’m active everyday on Instagram, blogging has almost become redundant…so how do I use this space?
Life right now is middle school applications, figuring out the particular challenges of parenting tween girls, family stuff and ongoing struggles with loss and all the logistical things that one has to deal with in the aftermath of a close one’s death, business related questions and new challenges of balancing family life with a job that requires a commute. Real life stuff just like everybody else, you know? But real life isn’t always fodder for blog content. I’ve experienced how ugly and dark the internet can be and those days of sharing are most certainly over. It doesn’t mean that life needs to be “curated” or that we should all stop blogging authentically, but it does mean that the line between public and private is more hardly drawn.