Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Resurrection Time?

Wow, it's been an awfully long time hasn't it? Almost two years, if we're trying to be really precise.

So. Just out of curiosity. Does anyone still read blogs? Is it even worth our time resurrecting this sucker? And perhaps even more importantly - just like in the movies - is it a pretty horrible idea (with almost always some dire consequence) to resurrect something that died two years ago?

Should we decide to attempt said resurrection, what would you like to see in the way of posts from the insomniac  and myself? Crafting how-to's for the dark-at-heart? Dismal decorating advice from the gloomiest part of the Spooky Forest? Introductions to the latest piece of taxidermy that's come to live in the Little Gothic Cottage? Baking tips from the crone? (Obviously we're totally referring to the insomniac  on that last one.)

Just to be clear ... we're simply putting our collective toes out and testing the chilly waters at the moment. There's absolutely no guarantee either of us will actually:

a) Listen to anyone's ideas on what we should write about; or

b) End up writing anything at all.

In any case, brightest blessings for the New Year from both of us out here ... where we're still stumbling around in the darkness, trying to find our way back to our fellow kindred spirits. πŸ–€


In our defense, it is pretty damn dark out here ...

Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

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  1. I didn’t realize you HAD a blog, so no matter what you decide, I seem to have a whole library to look through & catch up on ��

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    1. OHMIGOD. I hope you have a helluva hangover then, because there's an awful lot to slog through! I did go through them recently, and deleted a few that I felt weren't quite up to snuff. So there's that to be thankful for.

      I'm going to catch up on yours tonight when I can't sleep at 2:00 a.m., although just from first glance I think you're far more organized than I. I'm still on Blogger, after all. lol

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    1. Awwwww, thanks! I'm so out of practice as far as being organized enough to write anymore, I think I'll have to ease into it slowly. Eeeep. Sounds like I'm committed already, doesn't it? πŸ–€

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  3. i still read blogs, dammit! i am not in love with the scrolling through little squares thing, not at all...

    write whatever you feel like writing at the moment, is my advice. there are other sleep-deprived souls who share your love of a gothic interior (and envy your seasonally snowy exterior greatly), and will happily peruse your posts.

    happy new year to you!

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    1. I haven't read anyone's blog in a lot of years, I'm ashamed to admit. It's lovely to know there's still some out there then! Yesterday I got rid of Facebook; next month maybe it'll be IG. I miss the olden days, and not just because I'm olden either. It was a kinder, gentler time. lol

      I'm quite nervous about writing again, but from past experience it always seems like when it scares the crap out of me, that's the direction I'm meant to go in ... πŸ–€

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    1. Well, I'll be darned! (I was gonna say damned but I'm pretty sure I already am). lol

      Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, and for reminding me there actually is such a thing as an RSS feed! πŸ–€

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  5. If you build it They Will Come! Word of Mouth is still the best media! Slow & steady! This is my advice , We all followed at one time, life stresses win sometimes, but if we all stick together You ( we) inspire good things inAll Of Us! Kindred Spirits find each other, don't they!
    You are Very interesting, I love to read, listen to what you think!
    Happy New Year creative, FUN heart! Friday, is Fruitcake tossing Day! Yippy! xoxoDebi

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    1. I see almost no kindred spirits on IG ... it's all flash and show and zero interaction, and I'm losing interest! First FB in the garbage can, next IG - I predict this! I need to get back to interacting with "real" people.

      I'm not tossing my fruitcake! I have given away 1-1/2 loaves and I am now savouring my last half loaf before I start the annual New Year Diet. lol

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    2. Hahahahahah! I ate a whole fruitcake all by myself this year! Loved every morsel! Now I want Christmas pudding & hot sauce!
      Mincemeat pie as well! Now I eat what I want! When I want! What a BRAT! I have wrote down your recipe & next year I may share with others?
      xoxoxoxoxoxo

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    3. Nobody in this cottage likes mincemeat or fruitcake, SO I DON'T HAVE TO SHARE (speaking of brats!) And that's also the reason why I only make it every other year. lol πŸ–€

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  6. Yours is one of the few blogs I actually read when I see a post! Write what and when your heart tells you to write. It is always fun to see you!

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    1. Wow, that's awfully nice of you to say! πŸ–€

      It might take a while for me to get that first post out - I need to not overthink it, and just put it out there without letting The Anxiety get the best of me. lol

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  7. I still read blogs, I like them far better than Facebook and IG, but then again I always enjoy a good old fashioned magazine. Have you ran across Christine McConnell? You might enjoy her Youtube videos..gothic and creepy meets 50's housewife. I say if you are inspired to write again...do it!

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    1. I got rid of my FB business page at the end of December, and I'd totally get rid of my personal FB page if I didn't like that I can find really good antiques on FB Marketplace!

      I feel like IG might be the next to go. The whole follow-for-follow thing, accumulating users who I don't feel like I even know (and I realize that's not the point, but it feels wrong to me somehow). I guess I'm showing my Crotchety Crone side when I admit that, right? I love a good magazine, although the ones I like are getting so darned expensive! (Again. Crotchety Crone.)

      I adore Christine McConnell! She puts so much of herself into her videos, and I admire her for doing all that work for all of our benefits! I'd love to try that sofa couch she made with the serpents, but I don't think I ever will. Some things are just better left to the professionals. lol

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! πŸ–€

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  8. Hello Darling - would love to have you back in the blogsphere. I am so pumped to see this post and hope it leads to many more. Blog about anything you like - I always find you entertaining. Your devoted fangirl - ahem - middle aged crone - Lady M.

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    1. And hello to you, Lady M! I'm actually astounded (and relieved!) there are so many left out here in the blogosphere! Yesterday morning when I posted, I was convinced there wouldn't be enough interest to warrant returning, yet today that part of my mind that was always thinking up the next blog post has apparently kicked in like I was never gone!

      I'm not sure what to write about yet ... the first post will likely be the hardest, but once that's over and done with, I'm sure the insomniac  will step in with a million other things “we” can share! lol

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  9. I still read blogs! The blogosphere is not what it was at one time, but there are still those of us who enjoy writing and reading blog posts! I have an idea for you. You have so many beautiful objets d'art in your home -- how about, one by one, photographing them and telling us where you got it, under what circumstances, any little tidbits of info about it, etc?

    Also, taxidermy! Did you read about the Edmonton guy who took his own amputated arm to a taxidermist to have it stripped down to the skeletal bones? I thought of you when I saw it:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-amputation-arm-preserved-bones-taxidermist-1.5411359

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    1. I think it's going to take me a while to figure out who is still writing and who's dropped by the wayside over these past two years. I'm sure things have really changed.

      I could write about all the things in our house! Can you not just hear the spouse telling me what a brilliant idea that is? Kind of like a Grocery List of all the things someone could break in and steal? NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING VALUABLE HERE BTW! JUST A BUNCH OF MUSTY OLD TAXIDERMY!!! Just putting that out there, in case there are any robbers reading this ... ;)

      And I did read about the amputated arm! Apparently my news feed really knows what articles I'm going to click on. Which kind of frightens me. lol

      Thanks for stopping by! I know you are a still prolific blogger, so I have a lot of reading to catch up on. πŸ–€

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    2. Oh, well, yeah. The robber thing. Good point. Oops.

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    3. Can you tell he and I have had this discussion before? Seriously, though - who in their right mind would want to steal any of this stuff? lol

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  10. Well obviously I still read some blogs because I'm here.. Welcome back and Happy New Year! As for what should you blog about, I would LOVE to see photos of you, in your darkest attire, frightening grizzlies back into their dens. Let us see you proving to them that you are the Dark Queen of the Spooky Forest.

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    1. Yes, you are! And we really appreciate your being here after such a long hiatus on our part!!! πŸ–€

      We fear if we take your advice and dress up in our darkest attire to frighten a grizzly back into its den, it might be both our first and last post EVERRRR ... We'll think about it though. lol

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  11. Happy New Year! You know my thoughts Lynne. I miss the old school days of blogging and I think a lot of people do. I have great respect for anyone who manages to carve a living out of social media, but I hope there is still a place for the personal blogger.

    Ali x

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    1. I'm not sure the “younger generation” ever felt that sense of camaraderie on social media - it seems pretty cutthroat to me. So I guess it's only a slightly “older” crowd that actually misses it! πŸ–€

      I absolutely hate promoting things I have for sale on social media. HATE IT. But I guess that's also a sign of my advancing years! And if I could figure out another way to do it besides hauling everything to a market and then home again, I would. In that respect, social media is slightly easier. ;)

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  12. Happy New Year! I sympathize with you. I haven't posted in a while. I keep meaning to re-vamp my blog, but it's tough to find the time when one is out of the habit. That said, I am still here, and your posts do show up on my feed. :)

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    1. And to you, dear! Ohmigosh look at you ... all growed up now and everything. So good to hear from you! πŸ–€

      I hope you do revive your blog. It does take a commitment, and I find it quite frightening in a way. I mean, what if nobody shows up to read the damn thing! THE HORROR! lol

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  13. It's great to hear from you! :) I'd love to see you return to blogging. Crafting is one of my favorite topics, and I always enjoyed seeing pictures of your home and decor.

    Coincidentally, I started blogging again this week.

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    1. Hey, Bane! I've been thinking of you and wondered if you had started blogging again. So when I checked my blogger reading list, I saw all the older posts and thought something might be happening in your end of the world! Yippee!

      I actually googled you too, and I see that YOUR catchphrase Goth-It-Yourself is now being used by more than a few other people. Bastards. lol

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    2. I discovered that also. It's hard to know if I should be flattered or annoyed.

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    3. Flattered, I suppose. Shame people can't think for themselves anymore though. ;)

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  14. Oh my word, it took me three tries to sign in just to make a comment. I suppose I am that rusty but I also am trying to brush off the dirt, write, and reconnect. I will read whatever you write. I found this resurrection blog by my need for a 2020 calendar (thank you again!) and perhaps the universe nudging me in this direction.

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    1. I find I can't comment on blogs from my phone because I can never remember my Google password without having to run around trying to find my little book with all my passwords written in it. Talk about a dinosaur. lol

      The stars must have aligned somehow ... it would appear a few of us have had the same idea just within the past month. Isn't the universe grand?

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  15. Of course we still read and write blogs! What sort crazy question is that?

    So, can I pick every single thing you listed? With extra sides of deliciously dark forest glimpses, and glances of the awesome things you make.

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    1. See! I didn't even know if you still wrote a blog anymore, that's how out of touch I've gotten! I have A LOT of catching up to do here ...

      Well, of course you can! πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

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  16. What serendipitously beautiful timing that we are both returning to blogging, albeit in somewhat different capacities (you potentially reviving a longstanding, absolute gem of a blog, me starting a brand new one of my own after nearly three years away from helming any websites of my own).

    I have sooo many thoughts and feelings regarding the state of blogging at the dawn of this new decade. It's true that the blogging sphere has changed quite dramatically in many respects over the past few years (in no small part due to the epic rise in the popularity of Instagram, coupled with many people now opting to create YouTube content instead, or in addition to, blogging), but I feel that there is still enough of a solid core to the community as a whole to keep from the death knell being sounded for this wonderful act (and art!) quite yet. Part of me strongly suspects we'll see a bit of a blogging revival in the next few years, but of course, as with so much in life, only time will tell.

    Please know that you will always have a devoted reader (and friend) in me and that I'm behind you 100% whether you opt to keep blogging at present or not.

    πŸ–€ Autumn

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    1. It seems there might be a growing movement for a return to actually connecting to one another online, as opposed to merely clicking on a picture to like it - and sometimes not even that much effort put into it by the viewers! Has it really been three years since you last wrote? Again ... wow. Where DOES the time go? **insert horrified emoticon here**

      I don't think I'd ever have the nerve to do a YouTube video. I seldom watch them either, unless it's Christine McConnell or Voltaire. And, occasionally, if I need to learn how to fix something. lol

      It would be wonderful if there was a resurgence of interest in blogging! I, personally, learned to so many interesting things during that time by reading blogs. And more importantly, made a lot of wonderful lifelong friends (most of whom I've never met!) with similar interests.

      P.S. I still owe you a Hallowe'en tree! I only have one left in stock and it's sitting in the basement with your name on it. I haven't forgotten ... πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

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  17. Hello! Yes, I am still here and blogging. I had a few false starts after moving to and home from Texas, but I'm here for good. I'm so glad to see you putting your toe in the blogging waters! :) I missed you, that's for sure. Hopefully, welcome back!

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    1. Various life upsets definitely make it harder to stay on track and do anything  consistently - especially a big move like that!

      I'm glad you're back home, and really glad you're also back to blogging. Still thinking of Salem this fall (not too close to Hallowe'en though!) but have to wait a bit longer before deciding one way or another. It would be amazing to see you guys if I do! πŸ–€

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    2. Suggestion from someone who lived there for two years and who visits every fall -- go in September. Mid-September is the best because the hotel prices are still pre-October/Halloween, the stores are all stocked, and the crowds haven't hit yet. We love the Salem Inn. BIG TIME. We can't recommend it enough. Let me know if you're seriously going because we'll book the same weekend so we can show you around.

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    3. Mid-September might work out really great! I'm just trying to figure out if the Art College is going to offer an introductory silversmithing class I want to take in the spring, or whether I have to wait until the fall to take it.

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  18. I admit, I have a tremendous sex drive. My boyfriend lives forty miles away. Hey, i am looking for an online sexual partner ;) Click on my boobs if you are interested (. )( .)

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