The Zen of Blog Maintenance
November 5th, 2007 by Sonja

I’ve been fumbling around lately. There’s a lot going on in my head (which may be dangerous). You’ve seen the results of some of it, but not too much. I feel torn though. I have a lot of different people who read this blog. Some of them (hi Mom) read it because they love me. Others read it because I’ve fooled them into thinking I’ve got something interesting to say every once in a while. But I find that I want to focus my scope here. So, I’ve been doing some building and creating. I’ve made a couple of other homes … this may make me feel slightly schizophrenic, I don’t know. But I made a blog to talk about my family life; hockey, homeschooling, etc. Like I can brag over there that LightGirl was named Player of the Week on her team last week. That blog is called Grandfather Ent and if you’ve developed any sort of interest in my kids and their hockey, you can follow them over there. I also decided that I needed a place to write about my adventures in quilting because not writing about it was making me a little bit nutty. I’m also going to post occasional photos of my WISPs (that is Works In Slow Progress). I called that blog Withywindle Counterpanes. I’ll be writing more about churchy, Jesusy things here from now on and keeping my children and design things for my “other” spaces. I’ll see how that works.

I’ve done some maintenance on my sidebar here too. I’ve split up my blogroll into two pieces. I wanted to call attention to the women bloggers that I follow and give them a special place. So I called that folder “Galadriel” for the leader of Lothlorien in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She was a leader with power who focused on peace. The men that I follow are still under “Beacon-Hills” which I also think is fitting.

You may have noticed a trend here … I seem to find a lot of my nomenclature from MiddleEarth. Yep. I do. That’s because those stories have always spoken into my life and continue to do so. For instance, Calacirya is the name of a ravine. It’s mentioned only once in the books … but it’s known as the Ravine of Light, hence the reason I refer to my husband and children as LightHusband and LightChildren. I used to have a pseudonym which was Celtic and meant Lady of Light. I like the light theme and will be using it more often in the future. I’m not certain how that will play out, but it will.

I’ve also added a couple of icons to my sidebar.  One is for the new book written by Patrick Oden, It’s A Dance.  This icon leads to the website he’s created to go with the book.  Patrick’s got a unique vision for church that I’d like to encourage … so here’s my tiny, little helping hand.  Click on that link and explore his site.  Better yet, read the book! then go to the website.  I know Thanksgiving is nigh, but I now have a hunger for something better and not yet after reading it.  I’m fairly certain it’s not pie!!  The second icon will lead you to the Daily Office of the Northumbria Community.  I’ve been praying that off and on for several years now out of my book (Celtic Book of Daily Prayer), which can get awkward and cumbersome; flipping back and forth between bible and pages, etc.  I just discovered that the Northumbria Community has their Office on-line and it is sooooo convenient.  I even built myself a “gadget” for my Google Homepage … it will be available to the general public in about ten days if you’re interested.   This makes it fabulously easy to pray with the saints worldwide.  So you can get to it through the icon on my sidebar and wander around the island at Northumbria for a while.  Then stay and pray with me if you will.  I’d love it.

There you have it … I’m seeking some zen or other of blogging.  I’ll let you know if I find it.  We’ll see if this works out … or not.

8 Responses  
  • kay writes:
    November 5th, 20079:47 amat

    Looking forward to everything you write. :)


    ps – My blog address changed.

  • Paul writes:
    November 5th, 200711:47 amat

    zentastic, you’ll be the tolk of the town :)

  • Erin writes:
    November 5th, 20074:26 pmat


  • Patrick writes:
    November 5th, 20078:25 pmat

    Great sidebar!! 😀

  • lyn writes:
    November 6th, 20074:03 pmat

    Very cool! I best go add them to my google reader!

  • Ken writes:
    November 8th, 20077:26 pmat

    Hey, I just stumbled across this quilting blog. I am sure you are already aware of it, but just in case:

  • Ken writes:
    November 8th, 20077:31 pmat

    Sorry, like a dork I mixed up quilting and nitting, doh!!

  • Peggy writes:
    November 15th, 20073:58 amat

    Sister, I had no idea you were a Tolkien-head too…we have waaay too much to talk about, then!

    Thank you for adding me to the Ladies of Light Listing…always liked Galadrial–had all those brothers and cousins to keep up with! When she left on that last ship with Gandalf and Elrond and Frodo and Bilbo, back to Valinor, something tells me she was remembering a very different sailing of rashness and treachery at Alqualonde…and so many ages later, she was ready to return and stand before Varda and Manwe in humility and repentance, having done what she could to aid in the war against the darkness and support the establishment of the era of Eru’s Second Born Children, Men, before laying her burden down.

    Be blessed…

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