In case you were wondering

by Janie Jones

Bloggers came, and we read them and we fell in love with some of them.  We were shocked or outraged or comforted.  We laughed.  We shared.  We felt connected.  Then, bloggers disappeared and it was like the lights went out.  Now the blogosphere feels like a ghost town in an old western, with tumbleweed spambots the only thing rambling through the comments.

Do you ever wonder what happened to them?  Some of them I really miss.  Like dear friends who move away and then never call.  You hope their lives have moved on to bigger, better, happier things.

In case any of you were wondering what happened to Janie Jones, for the most part I think I am moving on to bigger, better, happier things.

For those of you who have followed me over the years I don’t know if you’d really recognize me anymore.  I don’t always recognize myself.

Who am I now?  I don’t exactly know, I have a lot of my journey ahead of me yet, but I do feel like I’ve entered a strange, marvelous new landscape and I feel like this new landscape may be a reflection of a new me.

I think, for the first time I can remember in a really, really long time, I can manage.

I finally got laid off from the mouse lab.  And I was happy about that.  It was a huge relief.  I got offered two graduate assistant jobs so I could go back to get my master’s degree, and I love these jobs.  They pay almost as much as I made in my full time job, and I got two good sized scholarships, so I don’t have to pay for any of my education expenses this first year.  I have a third job working for a friend, I don’t like that job so much, but it almost makes up the gap in my pay from my full time job and I can kind of do it when ever I want.  All-in-all the classes aren’t too stressful, but they are sometimes a challenge  as the new material is very different and less precise than the material I studied as an undergrad.  I think in the end I will do well, and I hope that I will have more employment opportunities when I’m done.  So, it’s seeming pretty good.

The spud is here with me, she’s going to a small charter school for high school that has a heavy focus on the fine arts.  She is apparently loving her ornithology class and is in the school play this fall.  She is doing great with riding the public transportation bus, and has some friends who she coordinates with to take the same bus in the mornings.  She’s a teen now, and sometimes a bit too saucy for her own britches, but that’s to be expected of the age.

So, that’s the new Janie’s Place.  It’s still busy and still a work in progress, but it seems a much happier, manageable mess.

Hope all is well with you, my bloggy buddies!

6 Comments to “In case you were wondering”

  1. Thank you for the update! I vanished for a bit, but am trying to reconnect. I stopped blogging g when I felt I had nothing to say, but really missed the connection with my buddies.

  2. It is strange how we all seemed to give up at the same time. It sounds like things are going well for you and I’m really delighted about that. Take care of yourself, Tin x

  3. Hi Janie! Sorry to take so long to come here to comment, though I did read it in my emails.

    I’m glad things are going well for you. xx

  4. Thanks, Tilly! Hope things are going well for you and yours!

  5. I know exactly what you mean. I never met another blogger, but I felt like I had developed a close group of warm friends around me.
    A couple of years ago now, one of my absolutely favourite bloggers died. I felt totally devastated and I freely admit that I cried and cried. She commented so much on my blog that she’s still listed as one of the top commenters. Around the same time, an old school friend who’d also been really actively following me (one of the only people I actually know who followed me) was diagnosed with cancer and quickly died. It felt like quite a difficult place for me to write after that. Simultaneously, as you know, we had quite a lot of family issues and I felt ‘distanced’ for a while.

    Now my issues is that I am running my own small business and it takes up masses of my time. But I really, really want to continue blogging, if somewhat sporadically because it’s amazing. People’s comments lift and bolster you in a way you just could never have imagined before.

    I am so, so glad to hear that things are going so well for you!! That’s brilliant news!!! I’m also glad to see you back here, to tell us all about it.

  6. 🙂 I very much miss the “old blogosphere” but I just struggle to find something to write about these days. But at least the occasional post keeps a few of us together.

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