Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm Back....

Well. It has been a while, hasn't it.  Time flies when you get sucked into Facebook.

Seriously. I started out on FB a couple years ago as "Moo Turtle" to have some anonymity and keep the "friends" list down. I'd heard of FB overload. I avoided the "number of friends competition bug". But, I couldn't turn people down who found me.  Before long I was spending hours a day commenting on wall posts of dozens of people I'd never met.  Yeah, it was fun, but it eventually consumed me.

A couple weeks ago I had to confront the reality that Facebook was virtually my "community".  I disabled Moo Turtle. I have to admit I didn't abandon FB entirely.  I now have an account with nothing recognizable except my name. I won't "friend" anyone I haven't met face to face, and even then it has to be someone that I have enough connection to that an email once in a while won't do.  We'll see how that works. I know now I can click a delete button and not look back.

So. I want to get back to what I loved doing BFB (Before Face Book): writing, cartooning and podcasting.

A lot has happened the last 6 months.  It will take a few blog posts to chronicle and comment about.  The basic outline is this:

1. New career:  screw guns, hammers, ladders and saws to Excel Spreadsheets, email, cubicle and reports.

2. Old career: as soon as I got a new job, construction picked up. Can I leave my old lover?

3. Family: Parents are aging, health issues, uncertain futures, children with new horizons.

4. Goofodoxy:  Church related issues, transitions and hard decisions about Church.

5.  General observations on life, cancer, cars, ice cream, TV's, carports, dogs, turtles and stuff.

If you used to follow closely, I hope you will check in once in a while again.  It may take me a few weeks to get back into the swing of blogging (which, by the way, has been deemed "old school" by the Twits). There's a lot going on and in between dealing with what's going on, I hope to chronicle it here and make it worth your time to check in.

Lucy! I'm home!
















36 comments:

magda said...

Goody gumdrops!

Pastor Jim Wagner said...

YES! We've missed you.

mamajuliana said...

Yea...you're back!

Shelley said...

I've really missed you too--and so glad you're back!

Anam Cara said...

And it's good to have you back. Ive really missed you!

LV said...

Yay!! You were missed!

elizabeth said...

welcome back! :)

Larry Anderson said...

I'll miss you on FB, but I'm glad you're back blogging. And check back? You're in my Google Reader feed, Steve. I never *stopped* checking back.

Welcome home!

Macrina Walker said...

I resonate with some of what you say about Facebook - blogging beats Facebook any day!

margaret said...

I'll miss you on FB too but I think blogging is much better. I'd far rather read one blog post a week from someone than FB updates all day!

Steve Hayes said...

Well done.

Facebook has its uses, but it's no substitute for blogging (nor for mailing lists and newsgroups).

Laura Short said...

Ricky? Is that you?

Audora said...

Best news I've read all week! Looking forward to it.

(another) Elizabeth

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Glad you're back blogging :-)

I've cut back on FB and picked up my blogging again too !

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Welcome back. I've missed you!

Preston said...

Glad to see you back.

Fr Joseph Huneycutt said...

Thanks God, it's a safe bet, Thanksgiving is finally over!

Fr Nathan Thompson said...

We missed you, I have the same rule on FB for the same exact reason. I have found that some Orthodox friend every clergyman they can find. I can instantly recognize someone who does so by my kindhearted brethren who won't deny any requests. I personally did not want to make it so difficult to find people who I've actually met in my list of friends.

Fr. Christian Mathis said...

Glad to see you are back....and I promise I won't go looking for you on Facebook.

Dimitrios Mytilinaios said...

come on...
I've missed your orthographs :(

Antonis said...

We want orthographs! we want you blogging again!! And of course I didn't stop chekking regularly.
(I don't have a facebook account, neither twitter, nor google!!)

David Dickens said...

This is certainly my hope for most of those who use FB. As I did the same some time ago, I would welcome a move by more and more back to blogs.

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Troon said...

Great news, you have been missed...

John said...

Good to have you back. Anxious to get caught-up on things.

cdgilpin said...

Welcome back! I missed your posts a great deal!

Hira Animfefte said...

Am I the only one who's going to miss you on FB? I don't have your email address!

:*(

However, your thoughts in blog form are, and have always been, superior. (My thoughts have only been expressed in FB form lately too...probably ought to remedy that...)

Keith said...

I hope "Goofodoxy" is available for use in the public domain because I am going to wear it out. Welcome back.

Janelle thegeekywife said...

Any chance Moo is still willing to be photographed so strangers (weirdos) like me can get a laugh? I miss the ol' chap. :)

Janelle thegeekywife said...

And also I missed hearing from you too. Didn't want you to feel left out haha

Joanna said...

Steve, I did the same thing. I deleted my old FB and now am friended only with a small circle of people I know well and who know me well. I also cut way back on the liked pages (another real time drain). I am glad to see you back here. I am not planning to go back to blogging. I write in my journal instead. On paper. With a pen. With ink. Real paleolithic stuff.

Hugs,
B. Joanna

Rebecca M. said...

FB can be a time and energy drainer, works for some and not for others. Glad to see you back blogging -- long form fits you well.

Gregorios Dunn said...

Well I miss you on Facebook, Steve. I loved that turtle! But I'm glad you will still be around.

Jason said...

Glad to see you'll be blogging more. I'm interested to learn more about your thoughts on 'Goofodoxy'

s-p said...

Jason, most of the "Orthographs" and Curmudgeophan cartoons etc. are from "Goofodoxy". That said, I may do some blog posts and who knows...I even have some video ideas, about it too.

Jason said...

Steve, yes of course, now that you mention your Orthographs (which are awesome by the way) 'Goofodoxy' makes perfect sense. Vidoes of Goofodoxy would be cool--I say go for in all your 'spare' time! :) Thanks for your efforts and keep up the good work!