I love reading blogs, and I have such great intentions for my own, but I always seem to get stuck in a rut of only updating when I have done something cool. Especially as I am seeking a job and have more time on my hands, I want to be more intentional about developing this as an outlet: for honing my writing craft and for making connections and cyber networking, as well as for keeping in touch with friends and family. I've decided that I need more structure in order to make that happen. I don't know exactly what I want this blog to be or what it might be able to grow into, but here's what I'm going to try. Each weekday will have a theme:

  • Monday Musings, which will be miscellaneous, maybe serious, maybe not, but may also take the form of participating in The Red Dress Society, which will be an outlet for connecting with other bloggers. I'll make sure it's clear when I'm participating in one of their prompts so you don't think I've gone off my rocker.
  • Tasty Tuesday, which is  a blog meme that many bloggers I follow participate in, so I will have a place to link up my posts and "meet" people who are doing the same.
  • Wordless Wednesday (although y'all know I won't be able to post a picture without a caption. I'll keep it short, though.)
  • Thursday's Thoughts will focus on God/church/spirituality. 
  • Fun Friday, wherein I will discuss something fun I have done or will be doing that weekend, share a craft or activity, or tell a joke. Or maybe not on that last one.

Don't expect to see ALL of these EVERY week, but know that when you tune into my blog from now on, some of the above should be there. And if I'm ever so inspired, maybe a weekend post of my own choosing. We'll see. But there's no reason right now for me NOT to be posting more often, as I've said I enjoy it and as I have nothing but time on my hands right now. Having this list posted here ought to help keep me accountable.

So now for the today's musings, which are related:
I want to be better at corresponding. I am really good about considering people my "good friends" for a long time, and I remember friendships with great nostalgia. However, calling someone such in my mind doesn't make it so! Maintaining friendships takes work, work that I've realized I'm not great at. I hate sitting down and talking on the phone. I've come to rely a lot on Facebook, and I feel like if I'm keeping up with someone there, we are still in touch. But maybe that's not enough. I don't know what current friends of mine will be lifelong friends. I'd like to assume they all would, but if I don't put forth some effort, they could just as easily slide into memory! There are some people that I internally consider close friends but who, in reality, I am barely in contact with anymore. I want to be more intentional about my contact with people I care about.

Friends, help me do this! How do you like to be kept in touch with? Email, Facebook, text messages, phone calls? I like letters, too, but their high level of latency makes them more of a fun novelty than a great means for actually keeping in touch, especially as fast as the rest of our world seems to move these days. Leave me a comment! I would love to know your thoughts on this. And if you send me your address, who knows? Maybe you will get a letter. :-)

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman