March 29, 2015 by Paula Reed Nancarrow
There was apparently supposed to be a conference for bloggers this year that went by the name “Blogcation.”
It involved a weeklong cruise, in the Carribean, from January 10-17, 2015. Hard to beat that. You can still find images online, and references to it on a couple of blogs. The company has a Twitter account, @blogcation. Posts promoting the event begin in February 2014 and the last one (from which I took this image) is on August 19.
Apparently Blogcation never took place. When you go to their website, you get directed to HugeDomains.com, which is willing to sell you blogcation.com for $2195. Huge tells us the site’s “brandability” is very high. Brandability and affordability are apparently two different things.
I would love to hop on a cruise ship and meet all the bloggers I have come to know in the last year.
But that’s not the kind of blogcation I’m on. Instead I am visiting my parents from March 28 – April 6. My father is 85; my mother will be 82 in June. Both of them have had a rough winter. I need some time to focus on them.
It also seems a good time to focus internally on the thoughts I have when an audience isn’t listening. It does happen to be Holy Week, after all, and while I’m still confused about my relationship to liturgical time in that “Christian by culture, Buddhist by practice” pastiche which is my spiritual life, the opportunity has presented itself, and the need is there. Otherwise I fear I’m going to need the kind of vacation Professor John Turner took last year from his finance blog:
My blogcation will be a personal retreat, and a time to reconnect with family.
I will be spending minimal time on social media, and not promoting my posts on my usual schedule on Twitter, because I won’t be able to reciprocate. The cruise and the conference will have to wait, but I do hope to catch up with comments on blogs, where I can participate in slower and more nuanced conversations. Cruises are nice, but comments are the kind of minimum deposit I can afford.
In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a chance to catch up on a few posts that are most important to me.
Not the most popular posts, necessarily, as I have explained before. Nor are they always the ideal blog length. But in the writing of these pieces I have gleaned insights that I hope make me more a compassionate person. Sometimes, as you’ll see in the comments on the first post, which predates my weekly blogging commitment, those insights come in surprising ways. Personal history, and memory, are complicated things that connect to many other lives.
So here are the five posts I’d like to see get more traffic. If there are any you haven’t yet checked out, now’s your chance:
- Three Times My Father Forgot to be Clark Kent
- Feng Shui Master
- Puzzles: The Slammer’s Cut
- Corage: God Mend al
- A Barrel of Fun. Or Not.
I expect this blogcation to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But I look forward to connecting with you all at the other end.