Today I realized a friend, not a close friend but a friend, has disappeared from Facebook. Her profile has been disabled. So I checked her blog and it was marked "on hiatus".
It's a strange time we live in, where so much of our interactions are online, and when someone disappears from that space it might as well be they packed their bags and left town in the night without so much as a note as to where they were going or when they'd be back.
I'm left wondering, is she ok? Is she just busy working and writing? Or is she curled up in the fetal position on her couch with all the shades drawn because life just swept in an overwhelming wave over her head? Or is she on the couch in some soft pajamas eating seasoned popcorn watching a marathon of her favorite British show, ignoring the internet because she just needed to unplug? Did she even announce this abrupt absence?
Which? I guess this is what I did to most of you. Left you wondering. And man, I feel like kind of a shit now. I left you all hanging even though I knew I was fine. Like the "lost child" who doesn't feel lost - the boy who has found the best-fort-ever inside the coat rack at the department store who doesn't see his frantic mother searching for him. The girl who is so engrossed in the life she finds along the tide line that she doesn't realize how far she's strayed from her family's spot on the beach.
So yeah, even though I've already explained, and I know now how very very much I needed time away from the online world, this is to say I'm sorry if I left y'all hanging, even if it was just a little.
Per the usual, life happens. I'm still on track to get an Etsy store up and running in the next week, and I plan to have LinkyTools back on by Friday so we can start playing the 100 Words game again. But the swans are still there. I have this grand idea that I'll design a fabulous header, but I've not had the time to make something I'm happy with. I do that. I let the "perfect get in the way of the good" - or whatever that saying is that basically means if I can't have my perfect vision, I'd rather have nothing.
I still have a lot to learn, obviously.
Also, raise your hand if you've been here long enough to remember that time I completely lost everything and had to start this blog from scratch. Well, I just found some old archives (I was thrilled!) and I'm going to re-post some of the posts that got lost. Vintage Velvet Verbosity!