Hello. Is anybody there? Can you see me? Have you all wandered off to find blogs that don’t disappear on you without warning? I can’t say I’d blame you, but I’m hoping you’re still there waiting for my blog to throw off its cloak of invisibility.
Yep, for the last week or so, due to HUGE technical issues that I won’t bore you with, I have been the invisible blog. And being invisible is so much harder than I thought it would be. Even with the work I’ve done on myself to change how I define success to internal measures, and not external validation – it was hard.
In this world of internet entrepreneurship, there is always some bright and shiny new blog being launched and some bright and shiny new face making a splash. Unlike when I took a blogging break, I wasn’t deliberately choosing radio silence – this hiatus was forced onto me by technology. And I worried. I worried that my blog would start losing ground. Go backwards. Miss out. And you would forget about me.
I also worried about this post. It’s not as if I paved the way for my blackout by explaining what was happening and why. Nope, I was there one minute and gone the next – like Ice-cream on a hot day. How could I explain just how hard it was to not be able to share my life with you? How soul-destroying it is to switch on ‘Maintenance Mode’ and know that it’s akin to slamming a door in the face of readers?
Another part of me knew that I was being ridiculous, but the anxiety was still there. The little devil whispering, “There’s nobody there you know. Don’t bother putting a post up because there’s nobody there to read it.”
And that’s when it hit me – how many midlife women out there are feeling this way. Not about bogging but about life? How many women KNOW that there is nobody out there to listen to them? KNOW that nobody will understand their worries and fears as they move on to the next stage in their lives?
So I’ve decided to do something about it. Alongside a bit of a blog makeover, well I had to do something while the gremlins were being sorted, I’m launching a forum – The Midlife Support Forum. I’m hoping that it will be a great place for midlife women to find assurance from other, likeminded women. A safe haven for women who may be hitting midlife obstacles, or have faced these obstacles and pushed their way through to a brighter midlife. A place to garner support and encouragement as we wander down the midlife path and forge a life that is awesome. A place to thrive in midlife, not merely survive.
This enforced cloak of invisibility has served to remind me just how much we midlife women need each other. We are stronger together, and we CAN conquer our fears of ageing and have a wondrous midlife. Want to join me?
You will find access to the Midlife Support Forum forum on both the sidebar and the navigation bar. There is no fee for joining and it only takes a minute. See you there!