Fizzy Thoughts

Fancy meeting you here

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Why is my blog in a new place? And why does it look different?? And why does the name have to be even longer???

Well, it’s like this:

  • I don’t want to pay the self-hosting fees anymore, and they’re due in August, so it’s now or never. But I also didn’t want my blog to disappear completely, because it’s got all of my reading history for most of the past 5-6 years on it. Plus a few entertaining songs. Entertaining to me at least.
  • I really don’t have the energy or inclination to put the bubbles up. Although I will miss them.
  • wasn’t available. Probably because I used it at some point and it makes my brain hurt to try to figure that all out.

I did end up deleting some posts (some being almost 500) because I was having some export/import issues, but they were old posts about nothing, or memes, or things that I won’t miss. And I know that once the self-hosted site shuts down every single frickin’ link is going to break. And that some of the formatting within posts may have gone wonky in the move. Oh well. It’s better than not having any record at all. Right?

However. This doesn’t mean that I plan to start posting again. It just means I didn’t want to shell out the money to keep a blog I don’t use, but I didn’t want to completely disappear into the ether.

Which brings me to why I’ve pretty much quit blogging, in case anyone was wondering (if anyone is even still around):

Work: I’ve worked at Social Services for 16 years. For the first 8 I was a case manager, which involved a mix of paperwork, computer entries, interviews, and handling drop-ins. For the past 8, I’ve worked in Staff Development. For the first 7 of those years, I wrote and revised procedural guides, attended (a hell of a lot of) meetings, and generally supported Social Workers. Then last year I moved to Information Reporting. Compared to the past 15 years, this last year has been fabulous and I absolutely love what I’m doing, but I spend all damn day in front of a computer. And since I work 4 ten-hour days, that’s a lot of staring at a computer screen over the course of a day. All this to say when I’m not working I find myself increasingly shying away from the computer. Which makes blogging kinda hard.

Play: I’ve been trying to spend more time out of the house. Going on long walks (6 miles on my days off) and reading at the coffee shop. This also keeps me off of the computer. But I am trying to keep a paper journal. Which is hard, people…so hard.

Travel: I’m also trying to get back in the travel groove. Seattle earlier this year, Denver later this year. Some long weekend trips around California. In fact, I’ve got 3 of those planned over the summer. And next year there will be a 2 week trip to Washington D.C. So lots of adventures and planning of adventures!

Reading: The more I blog, the less I read. And vice versa. I’m sure you can all relate to THAT. But lately, I have been a reading fool.

Google: Seriously. The end of Google Reader pissed me off and I just couldn’t find an alternative that felt as easy. And I did try. But then I was even more pissed about the time I was spending trying to find something that worked and I pretty much gave up. Sometimes I just wish there was one big blog, and we all wrote a post every few weeks, and in between posting you could read what everyone else was up to, and it was JUST ONE SITE. And don’t you dare mention Facebook, because that’s a whole ‘nother animal that has pissed me off in the past.

13 years: Yes, I’ve had a blog of some sort for 13 years. Not Fizzy Thoughts, but still. A lot of blogging has happened and I think I’ve hit the wall.

I’m not completely ruling out an eventual return, but if it does happen, it’s not going to be anytime soon. This not blogging business is kinda fun. πŸ˜‰

I can still be found (occasionally) on Instagram. And a bit too often on Words With Friends. And Care and I are doing our part to keep the USPS in business. So I haven’t disappeared completely!

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying life (and blogging)!

Written by softdrink

June 15, 2013 at 2:23 am

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  1. I’m glad to see you’re leaving the blog up. I hope you’ll pop in from time to time to give us some updates on life.


    June 15, 2013 at 2:42 am

  2. Your non-blogging life sounds pretty awesome! I can understand not wanting to spend 10+hours on the computer.


    June 15, 2013 at 3:57 am

  3. Well because you’re leaving the blog up, you may just pipe in with a song or two! I see you on Instagram and you can’t get rid of my with WWF — although my travels have made me a slow player lately, I’ll get back in the groove.

    Beth F

    June 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

  4. I was wondering where you were keeping yourself πŸ˜‰ I don’t blame you a bit for enjoying the non-blogging life right now! I do hope that you’ll update here once in a while though! Best wishes!

    Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    June 15, 2013 at 11:51 am

  5. Hah, some of us know The Real Reason you aren’t blogging anymore, which is that you are (apparently) training for The World Wide Championship of Words With Friends! :–)


    June 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  6. I totally understand all of that! Time without a screen is good. My job is also more screen-oriented now and I find myself only posting book reviews and not doing memes, etc. It is freeing, really, to not feel controlled by the blog but to still have it in my life. Enjoy all that you are doing these days!

    Helen Murdoch

    June 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  7. aw you are missed so much! But I totally get it and I’m glad you’re happy because that is the most important thing. πŸ˜€

    Amy @ My Friend Amy

    June 15, 2013 at 10:23 pm

  8. This made me ridiculously happy…then ridiculously sad…then ridiculously happy. First happy–Jill’s back!!! Sad–oh no, Jill might not be back. Second happy–but Jill is really enjoying life not being back and honestly, what could be better than knowing Jill is enjoying life?!!

    I do so hope you’ll pop in now and then just to let us all know how you’re doing…I know that’s sort of selfish of me, but what can I say, it’s true. But hey, you did just give me the motivation to start checking instagram again.


    June 16, 2013 at 12:16 am

  9. You’ll be missed in the blogosphere! Check in once in a while, will ya?!


    June 16, 2013 at 12:48 am

  10. Girl I hear you! I am hanging on to blogging. I love blogging, but I feel like I don’t do it very well. I went on maternity leave when Persephone was born in February and managed to lose nearly all my readers. Sigh. oh well.


    June 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

  11. I hear ya…but that doesn’t mean I won’t miss reading your posts. πŸ™‚ My blogging has definitely fallen off, in part, due to…*whispers and ducks* Facebook. It’s easier to share some stuff there–I can just slap stuff up and I don’t take as much time as I do with my blog; but, then again, I don’t necessarily want everyone I know reading everything I write–my blog was sort of my secret little part of the world for a while. Weird how sharing with the entire world is OK, but sharing with your friends and family…that’s different. LOL!

    Anyway, have fun–sounds like you’ve got lots of good adventures ahead!


    June 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  12. Well damn. I knew it was coming, but you know, was hoping to put it off a bit longer. But no fear, I think I’ll bug you via e-mail from time to time if you don’t mind. Love you, Jill!!!!!

    Andi Miller

    June 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  13. I’m so glad you updated about what you’ve been up to! Wonderful to hear that you are happy with your work and doing so many other fulfilling activities.

    I’ve been feeling some of the same things about blogging and am taking the summer off before I make any major decisions. The extra reading time and one less thing to stress about have been great so far.

    Alyce Reese

    June 16, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  14. I understand, because I’ve been there myself, but I’m bummed that you won’t be blogging. No pressure, but I hope you’ll pop in every now and again.

    Ali (Worducopia)

    June 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  15. While I understand, I selfishly miss your posts and hope you’ll find the time to pop in and share thoughts on books (however brief) every once in awhile. I migrated to feedly, so if and when you post, I’ll be sure not to miss it. Until then, enjoy!


    June 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

  16. I was just complaining about being in front of the computer at work and then not wanting to do that at home as well. I haven’t blogged for 13+ years but I’ve still hit some kinda wall. But take your time – better blog when in the mood than not at all.


    June 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  17. It’s nice to hear that you are well and enjoying your break. I worry sometimes when people just disappear without a word after having such a following for years. Enjoy your time away from us…boo hoo…Jill

  18. Hey. I’ll write you a letter.


    June 17, 2013 at 1:04 am

  19. Been thinking about you a lot lately–especially since we’re reading Under the Dome and readalongs AND Stephen King make me think of you. I totally get it, though, and have been hitting the same wall but still trying to struggle against it. Agree that being on the computer all day and then coming home and getting on a computer SUCKS. But I do hope that you’ll pop in every once in a while. Blogging just hasn’t had the same spunk without you.

    Bloomsday is today. πŸ™‚ Thank goodness there’s not a day for Brothers Karamazov.


    June 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

  20. I get it. I think I have done two blog posts total this year, maybe three… and I am also pissed off about Google Reader. I have Feedly going but am not so thrilled about it yet. I did however add your new blog to my feed – I am your FIRST follower! Just in case you start blogging again some day..


    June 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

  21. So where do I go and what do I do when I’m in need of a well-written parody?

    I know: I’m whining when I should be applauding you. Let me find my hands…oh, there they are, hanging from my wrists. (clapping).

    If I send you S#!% from Korea, can we still stay in touch?


    June 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

  22. Glad to see that Fizzy hasn’t lost her fizz.


    June 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  23. I don’t care where you take your blog as long as you stay around in some form! I’ve missed you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad that the last year of work has been fantastic. Work, read, take walks, and we’ll stay around.


    June 18, 2013 at 3:51 am

  24. Ok…I’ll ALLOW this as long as you don’t leave my life…because THAT IS NOT ALLOWED!! And I apologize for internet yelling, but seriously…I need my Jill πŸ˜‰ And I know where to find you. I’m really glad to hear that you are doing more to take care of you though! You need to take care of YOU first and foremost! Love ya Jill πŸ™‚


    June 18, 2013 at 5:45 am

  25. I get it. Blogging is much harder than people think and it should be fun, not just work. I hope you know we’ll all be here whenever you decide to stop by!


    June 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  26. and here I was just thinking I should look you up since now we are “neighbors”. Just moved to MB last weekend.

    Anywho, I get the hitting a wall thing, have been banging my head against that nefarious issue with the blog for over a year and lately, with life in general.

    Cheers, enjoy the outdoors, and you can usually find me at that coffee shop at the roundabout in the mornings….or at least until I get off my rear and buy a coffee maker:)


    June 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

  27. Glad to find you still here, and I’m sure we’ll appreciate it whenever you drop in. Blogging is supposed to be fun, so if it isn’t, or other things become more so, totally understandable to reduce the blog time. I am glad you’re not totally disappearing, though.


    June 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  28. 😦 I have missed you. Yes, I’m always late, but I show up eventually. We can call it ‘fashionably late’, but really it’s more like ‘the sitter just arrived’. Anyway, I’m glad to see all is well and that you are leaving your blog accessible. I hope that you’ll return soon, even if it’s just a friendly hello now and then πŸ™‚


    June 24, 2013 at 2:41 am

  29. Oh, oh! A reminder that I need to move links from Google Reader. I understand your pissoffedness. I feel like any new, wonderful thing Google comes up with is probably worth a pass, now that I know they can and will yank the rug out from under you on a whim.

    Anyway, it sounds like you have very good reasons not to blog. You are missed. Maybe you could just drop in now and then and say *something*?

    Bookfool, aka Nancy

    June 27, 2013 at 2:04 am

  30. I’m a bit late to it all, but I am super glad to know you’ll still be there, just in a new place! Even if you don’t really post, it’s nice to know we can always reach you in a way… I am always sad when bloggers I love completely disappear. Take care!


    June 30, 2013 at 8:07 am

  31. Hey, I found you! Can’t get rid of me that easily.


    June 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  32. I kind of had a feeling and i really don’t blame you. i spend a lot of tie in front of computer as well and it’s hard to come home turn on another one. The eyes need a rest. Well I know this is not good bye but maybe more of see you around, somewhere πŸ™‚

    And good for you trying to get out more. Life is out there!


    June 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  33. I get you. I finally had time to check in on you (my clog visits are close to nill these days) and find you have moved and the what and why or if all. Selfishly I hope you dont give it up as you give me a level of fun snark I just cant find everywhere πŸ™‚ Have a great summer Jill doing what you do! Pop a picture up once in a while πŸ™‚

    Sheila (Book Journey)

    July 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  34. Oh, how I know the feeling, Jill! Like everyone else, I’m giddy to see a new post, sad to see you aren’t really back, and oh so very happy that you are doing exactly what you want to be doing. I hope you’ll pop in to say hello from time to time!


    July 15, 2013 at 1:01 am

  35. Just stopped by to say I MISS YOU. πŸ™‚ See ya in WWF!


    August 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  36. Rest and hope you will have the energy to return again soon.

    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    September 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

  37. I was just thinking about you yesterday and then again today! I sure do miss you — I mean, I miss reading your blog, but mostly I just wish you lived closer so I could see you in person! So if your travels ever bring you up to Sonoma County, I will move heaven and earth to hang out with you. Just sayin’. Maybe we could even go for a run together! I’m going to get back into running any day now. I just got clearance from my doctor and I’m signed up for a race, so the pressure’s on! πŸ™‚


    March 9, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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