Sorry for the repetitive title... I just needed a reminder. I AM ON VACATION.
BUT, unfortunately, my blogging group, the Silicon Valley Moms Group, decided to shut down yesterday, and, well, that has momentarily detracted from my otherwise zen-balance of being in the Green Mountains ON VACATION.
Have I mentioned that I'm RELAXING????!!!!!?!??!!?!?!? Can't you sense how relaxed I am?
Breathe in, breathe out.
Here's the thing: I do support the closure of our group of sites based on the information I've been given. As a recent paid employee of the group, I understand how much work it is, how lucrative it is not, and how some issues in the partnership (of which I am not part) have made it impossible to continue that partnership. Whatever. We'll all move on.
But what will happen in the meanwhile is that my dear friend, a founder and partner in the group who is going through a difficult time on a number of levels, will be accosted repeatedly by people who really don't have any idea what led to the decision to shut down the sites, what she is going through in her personal life, and, worse, who just don't care about messing with my friend, with me, and with a host of other supporters of the difficult decision that was made.
And the thing is, I don't want to care too much about it, but I do, because it is that blogging group that inspired me to start my own blog... it is that group that gave me a bigger platform for my writing... it is that group that saw some of my work through to syndication... it is that group that gave me a lot of my friends, including the one who decided to shut the thing down.
So... I'm going to make some lemonade with these lemons, leave the mommy blogging world for a while (well, except for here, sometimes) and start writing some opinion pieces for more serious venues. Specifically, I'm getting prepared to pitch some juicy pieces to a major publication, am writing a novel (because life these days has been better than fiction, so why not fictionalize this drama?!) and am setting up a new opinion blog... and may return to actual work in my actual field.
But for now, I am going back on vacation. That's right: I. Am. On. Vacation. Right... Now!