Prelude to a real blog post
As some of you know, my postings for lo these many months have been few and far between. I can blame this chiefly on my bipolar disorder (how convenient!) because when I get depressed or even semi-depressed the first thing that goes out the window is my writing. This time, it wasn't a psychotic depression complete with hospitalizations and shock treatments, but more of a twilight zone of apathy and listlessness.
Three things happened recently that give me hope that the hiatus may be over: I started to get out more, I began the process of selling my coop, and my shrink upped my Effexor. Gradually, things that I used to dread doing have become easier. I was forced to be proactive as far as prepping the coop is concerned, and developed an obsession with real estate blogs and sites which are tracking the crazy market we are in now. And I think the extra touch of Effexor may be helping, though I had to lower the new dose two times since it is causing dry eyes and blurry vision.
I used to love to add a photo to each of my posts, but Flickr is not letting me do that now for some odd reason, so my posts will be pretty naked until I figure out how to fix the problem. I've also noticed that a fair number of recent commenters have been folks with something to sell on their blogs. However, unlike traditional spammers, they actually read the blog and make intelligent comments. I think this is cool--if I had a blog like that I would do the same.
I've had a bunch of ideas that I've jotted down in my beat-up notebook during my down period, so I will most likely be blogging about such things as NYC's subway beggars, how I've learned how to get out of the way of my own ego when it comes to writing and recognition, and of course my adventures in real estate.
I've met some incredible people since I began blogging, and it has served to renew my faith in humankind. A few days ago, I had the great pleasure of coming across one of the true superstars of the blogosphere--fellow New York Jew/baby-boomer Pia Savage of Courting Destiny. If you haven't heard of her I encourage you to check her out. She is one of the top rated bloggers and for good reason.
For any art lovers out there, I also want to give a shout-out to my good blogpal BC. Her paintings are awesome and well worth a look. As far as my boyfriend BG's stuff, which I've sometimes highlighted on these pages, I've just started a Flickr page for him as well, but have to flesh it out some. These two artists couldn't be more different--BC specializes mainly in gorgeous abstracts and nature-based compositions, while BG is a representational expressionist--meaning that the subjects of all his portraits look suicidal, pissed off, and/or insane.
Since I've also been sadly remiss in visiting my old blogpals' sites, I hope to start catching up soon. It's disheartening to note that some sites are no more--some have even been highjacked by spamblogs. I need to update my blogroll, as some folks have changed their URL and there are others I should add.
In any case, with any luck I'll start posting more regularly, for what it's worth.