I'm not sure that I've missed blogging. I've been away for almost a year - not away from home, or away from my computer, but away from the practice of sharing selected thoughts with anyone who is tempted to stop by my blog.
It wasn't a momentous decision. For some months I'd been running out of time to blog. I had plenty to say - my brain didn't stop working and I continued to react to the world. But work was taking over much more of my time and I also felt an inclination to spend more time in writing poetry and fiction. And, as I stayed away from the blogosphere, the idea of a return seemed increasingly momentous - and I feared the extra demands it would make on my time.
Perhaps I also needed some time away. Sometimes an absence from engagement in a particular activity provides a useful opportunity to reflect and gather thoughts together. I'd like to think it's been a helpful pause as well as a hectic one.
But I've decided to return, and for no better reason than this: it's a rainy afternoon and I felt a sudden inclination to go back to Blogger. If I were living in the time of the Odyssey, I'd say a god moved me. That's what people in the Odyssey say when they make a decision for which they can't account in any other way. I'm re-reading the Odyssey in the moment so that way of seeing the world is much in my mind.
I had a few ideas about what to say in this post but I'm still distracted by blogger's latest re-design. Like most people, I'm conservative in familiar practices, which is a way of saying I don't want to relearn things I think I already know. (I still cook in pounds and ounces.) I'm still trying to work out how to find the various functions I need on the dashboard, and hope I am doing everything right. It's uncomfortable to be so uncertain about something I thought I could manage. Perhaps soon I'll be used to the new design.
Meanwhile, I think I'll leave this where it is, add a few labels, press publish and see how this works. If all goes well, I may post again soon. If so, I'll try to write something with a little more substance, in case my readers are still out there. And if you are, hello!