Sometimes I think too much, and today has been one of those days. It’s windy and cool outside, and Ted has gone to Cheboygan for groceries. I’ve been spending some quiet, quality time with myself, and two questions have been running through my head all day. I need your help with both of them.
Right now I have a solid family of around 300 readers who enjoy my little stories about the island every day. There are some days, for reasons known only to God, when my readership dips to below 200 – other days when it soars to almost 500. That crazy fluctuation of “hits” doesn’t seem to follow any particular storyline, pattern, or day of the week – although I’ve noticed that Fridays are slow. I guess on Friday evenings folks have better things to do than read this blog – I certainly hope so!
So, the two questions are: Why do I write this blog, and who would care if it went away?
The first question is easy to answer. I love Mackinac island. You would have to be really, really out of touch with reality if you haven’t figured that one out yet. Since I first stepped foot on the ferry dock in 2000, this place has had a huge chunk of my heart. I want everyone, wherever you are, to come see it and explore it and love it like I do. I know that’s not possible – so I try to give my readers a little part of the island to think about during their day. Maybe something I write, or some picture I post, will be the words or the image that make a so-so day a little brighter for someone.
So the “why” is easy.
The second question – who cares? – is not so easy. I’ve been thinking a lot today about “what next?” We leave the island Nov. 1 for our home in Georgia. What happens to this blog during the 6 months that we are away from the island? Does it just vanish, never to be heard from again? Does it vanish Nov. 1 , and then I pick it up again next May when we return? Do I attempt to keep it going over the winter?
We live on a lake in the country in my home state, about as far into the deep South as you can go, without being in Florida. It is a beautiful setting, so posting pictures each day would not be a problem. But, of course, the whole concept of why I write would change if I wrote from there. From Georgia, it would be more of a look inside my southern roots, with some home-spun stories thrown in for fun. With the return to Mackinac Island in May, I would pick up where I left off at the end of October. So there are several options there.
My readers mean so much to me. You have let me into your homes and hearts, and a lot of you have become friends. Some of you comment publicly quite often. Others email me privately. I cherish each word. You’ve all become another family to me, and I will be honest – I don’t want to lose the connection.
So forgive my introspection today, but I’d love to hear what you think. If you don’t want to post a public comment, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org What you think is important and will help me make a decision about what to do next with Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog.
Tomorrow, good Lord willing, I will be spending part of the day aboard a sightseeing buggy and writing about “A Day in the Life of a Mackinac Island Carriage Tour Driver”. I’ve asked to ride with Justin (my hero who stopped his horses when I fell off my bike in front of them), and that request has been granted. Should be great fun and a great story! See you on Thursday!