Blogging Insights — Year of the Pandemic

TODAY’S QUESTION: How do you think this pandemic year has been for blogging in general and your blog in particular?

Interesting questions. I’m not yet sure exactly what happened or what is happening now. I know that I found myself feeling drained. I think I was a little depressed. And I was angry.

I was angry at our government, angry at you-know-who. Enraged that things had come to this pass. Horrified at humanity’s unwillingness to face reality and deal with it. I was overcome with a sense of foreboding, that our world is doomed.

Denial is not an answer. Combined with greed,
it will crush us.

We seem to be in three modes:

  1. I see the problem but I’m not willing to spend the money to fix it.
  2. I don’t see a problem. What problem?
  3. It’s your fault. Whatever is wrong, it’s YOUR FAULT.

I can’t write about misery and doom all the time. I get what’s going on, but I can’t deal with it constantly. So I started to retreat into books, photography, and mindless video games. And birds.

Eventually I stopped being depressed, but didn’t stop being angry. I know no one wants to hear about this stuff. We got Trump out of office. Now we want peace and if not peace, than at least silence. We want the angry voices to shut up. Go away. Leave us alone. Not only do we not want to hear about it, we feel helpless in the face of so much tragedy, misery, and pain.

My photography has gotten better. My writing has become much less frequent. I get ideas. I write. I read what I wrote. I delete it. If I felt that what I said might have some meaningful effect on the course of events, I would try harder.

Meanwhile, I take pictures, feed the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks. Watch the leaves uncurl on the oak trees. Plant a garden. Maybe grow some basil and other spices. Hope we get more rain. Enjoy the blooming of orchids.

2020 was the year that all the bad stuff came back and bit us. It was the T-Rex year of human misery.

Mostly, I find joy in growing things and taking pictures. I don’t think I have anything to say that anyone wants to hear. I don’t even want to hear it. Was this because of COVID? In a way. We were so locked in, there was little to do but ponder our beliefs. It was not a productive year even though it could have been.

Maybe if I were fifty years younger.

Categories: Anecdote, Blogging, Challenges, Communications

9 replies

  1. I am glad you are enjoying your hobbies in this time of social isolation.


  2. Speaking for myself, aging and Covid has limited what I could do so can you spell ‘boring.’ I can’t come up with something that is interesting enough to share. I have so appreciated reading other blogs from other states or countries though, and I always enjoy good photography. I normally stay away from politics and religion, but took it to a whole other level a few years back when I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I watch local news in the morning and pick up national info during the day on the web, and that is it. The goal of the ‘talking heads’ is to cause fear about something. If one lets it, your mental status can be negatively impacted by what the fear of the day is, and I refuse to go there. Let’s face it, we all have enough family and life drama that we have to deal with, I’m not taking on fear about something across the world or ten states away. Empathy for the situations? Yes, but I’m not taking it on to carry. I do truly value the peace and quiet coming out of that little spot to the south that always wants to be a state. 🙂


    • I am very picky about what I read in the news and we don’t watch a daily broadcast anymore. I’m painfully aware of all the problems in the world — well, not ALL of the, but far more than I want to know about. So I grow my plants, feed my orchids, take pictures of birds and am grateful that I won’t live long enough to see the final collapse. Maybe a shot of intelligence will strike humanity, but it seems to me that with each generation, we have more ignorant dummies than ever before. I have a hat and a tee shirt that says “Make America Intelligent Again.” That’s my fundamental position.

      The endless political battles of everything we should ALL care about baffle and depress me. I think we’ve done our best. I’m sure it’s not enough but that’s pretty much it or us. There are younger generations and it’s time they grabbed the baton and start running. You never know. They might make it to the next base. Anything is possible.

      As for bored, writing and photography are my salvation and luckily, they aren’t seasonal. If I didn’t write, I’d lose it. I don’t publish everything I write. I trash a lot of it but every once in a while, I get a cute idea. Yesterday I thought I was writing about baseball, but it turned out I accidentally pushed a lot of hot buttons which I though were very specific to those of us who worked in media. Apparently not. Meanwhile, I’m STILL looking for plants the creatures won’t devour before they set their roots!

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  3. Covid and it’s fallout effected us all differently. Some went quiet or just silent while others wrote more and had a lot to say.


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