I watched a great old(er) comedy special the other night by the insanely talented Sinbad, called Where U Been? It's from 2010 and after a brief absence in his career he said that he had read about himself on Wikipedia that he had died. This spurred him on to create this special and it reminded me of the time I got a letter in the mail for my mom (who was in fact deceased) that asked if the person noted was not in fact, dead, to please respond. Sort of a reminder about how quickly we can be forgotten.
I don't use this website for my blogging and even the blog that I use for my blogging is sitting there. Stale. Dead.
I have left the social media platforms but occasionally I'll sign on to Insta because I like my curated feed and it seems less angry and toxic. I don't do much on the old Hacienda site anymore since I sold the property in 2019. But it's still very much a part of who I am and acts as a resume of sorts so I keep it live.
I write other people's blogs, copy, brand manage their identity and social media pages so I don't have much love for doing it on my own time. It is weird though because I don't really have a "voice" when I'm writing in the voice of a client. I compartmentalize really well.
We're not doing that right now, I say to myself. But I miss my voice. And now that the current situation has most of my writing clients on 'hold' for marketing? I need an outlet for my Voice. I'll bet many of us have found an inner voice during this shutdown time. Where to put it is another story. And what to allow yourself to talk about? A real Pandora's box of triggers.
A few people have dug up my email or found me on Instagram and said...Where did you go? are you okay? (approx time off of social media when people notice? 5 weeks) but I'm here! I'm still mixing oils and just sent some out last week with some neem and yarrow flea powder. I have less need to tell my story right now, and certainly with divided attention spans everywhere I do not want to be a part of the collective noise. I promote others and find solace in the ease of copywriting and idea generating for their business while we all incubate and rest and get ready to rise again. Feel free to contact me if you need help on your project.