No, this isn’t a post about hurricanes.
Although I must admit Irene had me completely unwound. Having never lived this close to shoreline AND a river, I was not prepared for a storm like this in a town like this. I survived with just one (damageless) downed tree and so did most of my friend even though the flooded streets, destroyed beach fronts and downed power lines made it all touch and go for a while, so I won’t dwell.
What I mean by the end is near is that for a few weeks I’ve been contemplating ending this little ole’ blog. When I created Right Hand Mom, I originally envisioned merging the two websites into one. Then at the 11th hour I panicked about letting go of The Traveling Circus and decided to just maintain them separately. I thought RHM would be more of a resource site and TTC would still be my daily meanderings. I figured they’d have two different voices and purposes and audiences.
Guess what? I’m not so good at that. I have one voice and it’s pretty meandering. Yes, RHM started with resources and reviews and a more informative style. But pretty quickly my style won out and even if some of the posts are informative, they still have a whole lot of my meandering and plenty of pictures of my kids. Right Hand Mom is just as personal and I haven’t really held back any of my own self-making these two blogs somewhat redundant for readers and more than I can keep up on a daily basis.
So, why not stop Right Hand Mom? That’s a great question and I might regret that decision later. I have more readers here. I have a history here. This is my first baby. I am emotionally tied to The Traveling Circus as the love story of my life.
But The Traveling Circus didn’t start with any direction thus it isn’t a step in a future path. I didn’t start here to be a Blogger, but it seems that’s exactly what I’ve become and it’s quite alright with me.
Traveling Circus is a great name to describe my crazy family and all our stories. But the kids’ stories will be fewer and fewer as they get older and earn the exclusive right to decide how and with whom those stories should be shared.
I’ll still write about being a mom and woman. I’ll share about starting a new business and how I cook and take pictures and listen to music and clearly, I’ll share their photos for as long as they’ll let me. But everything I write will have to be with more sensitivity to the young lives I’m writing about. My blogs will be less about the kids and more about what it’s like to raise them and The Traveling Circus doesn’t really encapsulate that going forward. In fact, if you google TTC, you now get the website of a punk rock band which does seem fitting for this clan now and again but doesn’t really work for us long term.
Going forward, you can find daily stories, fortunes and foibles over on Right Hand Mom. I will eventually either transfer this URL over there or keep it as history so the last three years will remain.
If you’ve out grown us and can’t possibly add another URL to your readers, I understand but know that you will be missed. If you can, I’d love if you came to follow us there.
I love writing this blog and while it first started as a way for me to work things out, it has turned into a wonderful connection to everyone who reads it. I so appreciate all of you who come here and share with me. I hope you’ll continue on the journey over at RHM but if not then I bid you a fond farewell and say thank you to everyone who reads. You made the Traveling that much easier.
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