a new blog home and a fresh blog start

For the longest time I’ve gone back and forth about whether I wanted to return to blogging. Astonishingly I’ve continued to pay for the Typepad space simply for lack of deciding what I will do with the project, or even just the accumulated writing. The Typepad folks are great, always helpful and responsive and the blog designs are beautiful. But my lack of commitment didn’t warrant the cost – I could maintain a site for free or almost free. So I took action the other day and bought a domain where all this has moved to (jensrealia.ca). I could house the writing – and um, well I could come back.

In December I took a break from social media for what was going to be a week or two and ended up lasting for five. It was refreshing. The whole social media thing’s been irking me for a long time. Social media is wonderful for so many reasons, not the least of which are the re-establishing of relationships with extended family and my old and valued friends. I love knowing what my far flung people are up to. But then there are so many things that came with social media like the privacy issues and the emergence of trolldom and cyber bullying, and virtual relationships with virtual “friends” who tell you about their latest headaches and other personal woes you wouldn’t dream of talking about in person with someone you haven’t seen in 35 or 40 years. It was all leaving an unpleasant taste. There is so much about social media that is just so… uncomfortable, or just not worthy of thinking about in the course of living some kind of meaningful daily life. Maybe I was just being too sensitive but I wanted to experience again what life was like before all these social-but-not-really-all-that-social time wasters came along.

It’s ironic then, given all the uncomfortableness I’ve been feeling with social media, that making the new blog the other day felt actually quite comfortable. As I was looking through all those old posts to ensure they migrated correctly, I could see there isn’t anything virtual about the realia of my life. And goodness knows I have some deep need to convey my experience of it in some creative way. In typical barrel-ahead fashion I’d clearly made the decision. I wasn’t copying all of the posts into a Word document to save in my computer; I was keeping it public. It looked like I was coming back.

It’s not like I wasn’t thinking about it at all. For months I drafted “I was away and now I’m back” posts. Don’t you just hate those? I was away, and I’m not really sorry about that and I’m certainly not going to chastise myself about it. The break happened because it needed to.

The best motivation is the gentle kind, like that which has been offered by the lovely PE who has loyally linked back to me every time she writes a ‘finding beauty’ piece. It wasn’t just gratitude for the loyalty or guilt for being virtually not home every time she did so, but she was reminding me that this is an idea we both feel strongly about, and it’s something I need to do again. It’s deepest darkest February, and new writing, about beauty, is knocking on the door.

So this blog has moved here. Having abandoned my little blogging world for so long now, I have no business asking any of my friends and readers to come back. But if you do, and if you read from a feed it’ll need to be updated to www.jensrealia.ca.


  1. Reply
    Phil Renaud February 10, 2015

    Hello Jen,

    Remember me, Phil Renaud. The only student in your Creative Writing course last year. I have started blogging myself. My blog is http://filipren.blogspot.ca/. There’s not much on it but some. I am currently taking a Poetry Writing course on-line through Mohawk.

    Long time no read. Glad to hear and see you are blogging again. I look forward to reading more of your writings.

    Ta, ta for now.

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    jensrealia February 11, 2015

    Phil, it’s so nice to hear from you! You were great to work with in the class, I remember you well. I was disengaged from this (bloggy) world when you told me you had started yours, and I’m sorry for that. Glad to hear you’re taking the poetry class! I hope you’re enjoying it. Off to visit you.

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    Susannah February 11, 2015

    I know how you feel! I have been questioning too… my break from blogging has gone on so long now that I wonder if I will ever start again?

    I am very glad to see you in your new space and you have been bookmarked.

    Hope all is well with you, my friend.

    Susannah x

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      jensrealia February 12, 2015

      Susannah it’s wonderful to “see” you! I do understand the questioning. For some reason I really resisted writing this post more than anything. And that was silly! Why didn’t I just skip it and carry on as if nothing was ever amiss? For some reason I needed to, for me, I guess.

      Your tumblr feed comes through my feed reader and it inspires me regularly. I hope all is well with you. It’s great to reconnect.

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