It’s Been A Long Time

The last time I posted on this site was in 2013 just after my Sweety was allowed to return home after his transplant. In 6 weeks it will be his 3rd year anniversary from his transplant which is amazing. It has taken a lot of work to get to this point, especially since it took longer for him to recover than expected (by about 2 years).

Suffice to say, a lot has changed in that time period.

I am now working full-time (between 40-44 hours a week) as a trainer and supervisor. Sweety was allowed to return to work because he no longer requires transfusions of blood. Sweety still has appointments but they are less frequent (bi-weekly in town and quarterly in Calgary). Sweety’s sister is getting married and his mother moved out of province. Sweety and I were able to visit my family on the other side of the country. And I am finally able to start relaxing.

We are also able to get back into hanging out with friends which is a nice way to relax. Actually, it’s nice to have friends in this province. (For those who don’t know I moved here very shortly before Sweety got sick which took over all of our time and energy and left me with no local support system.)

So, now that I am able to get back to being me, I want to start blogging and writing again. I’m going to be the DM for a campaign with our friends. I am very excited and have a lot of plans for the campaign which is getting me excited to start writing again. But, with everything that has been going on (including a few incidents that I’m not at liberty to talk about as they only partially include me) I have sunk back into my anxiety and depression.

Now I am climbing back out, bloody hands clutching to the rock walls of sanity as I struggle to hold on. But I am slowly getting out and it feels empowering. So, while I still have anxiety attacks, I’m considering myself back with a vengeance… or at least back.

Blue Toilet Paper and Follow Backs

At first I was going to write about how much I love coloured toilet paper. In fact, pretty toilet paper makes me giggle like a school girl. I’ve even been known to buy coloured toilet paper when I already have a stockpile of boring white toilet paper.

Blue TP!

But then I realized that I had something else to write about that was even more important than my pretty blue toilet paper. I know, I know, it’s hard to imagine something more important that coloured toilet paper but there is.

Recently I’ve started following blogs that I’ve found interesting. Some of them have followed me back and, if they find my ramblings interesting I’m not going to complain about it.

What I am going to comment on is something that I know happens a lot in the blogosphere and social media sites. I’m talking about the follow back.

FOLLOW BACK: verb – to follow all accounts who start following you

Depending on why you start blogging, you may want to adopt a follow back policy. While it may not get you followers who are interested in your posts, it will help get you followers. If this is a numbers game for you, then follow back can be one of your best friends.

However, if you’re like me, then you use your Word Press reader for finding interesting posts. I have tried a follow back policy before but I found that my reader was getting full of reblogs of the same few posts. Now, I realize that not every blogger who is in it for numbers reblogs but enough of them did that it has turned me off of follow backs.

So, if I follow you back after you start following me, it’s because I’m interested in what you write about. Even if I only spot one or two posts that catch my interest, I will follow because I know that there is a chance that other posts will catch my interest.

If I don’t follow you back, don’t take it too seriously because all it means is that you’re interests and mine aren’t the same. 🙂

What about you? What’s your follow back policy?