In the Jewish calendar the period of "Slichot", which means forgiveness, is a time of turning inward to reflect and contemplate on our own behavior and our relationships with both humankind and the Divine. Slichot starts prior to the Jewish New Year and leads up to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the most solemn day of the year, which this year begins at sundown tonight and ends after nightfall Wednesday night.
Today is a milestone for me, marking the day I registered with WordPress.com 7 years ago. If you do a little more digging, you’ll find that this site has been online since February 23, 2007. But let me share a little secret with you. This is not my only WordPress.com account. Like a few other old-timers I know and some folks who have recently signed up, I first joined WordPress.com back in January 2007 to stake a claim on my *other* nom de plume. I’ve been “yarnaholic” longer in my online life than I’ve been “justjennifer”, late 1990′s compared to early 2000′s. (Not much of a secret, I know, since I’ve linked to my knitting site up there under “Loose Ends“. Please try to contain your disappointment.)
“Justjennifer,” not to mention WordPress.com, has certainly changed a lot since its beginning and not necessarily for the better. My recent focus has become a little cloudy and topics that I used to feel passionate about don’t move me in the same way. I think that this is also a reflection of the lack of time that I have to indulge myself in writing here or anywhere. I do feel guilty about it. Most of my communications these days are brief notes on “social media” (Can we say “Like”?) accompanied by lots of photos. Posting on social media is a tad ironic for me, since what’s one to do if one is not particularly “social,” but not really “antisocial”? It’s a bit of a conundrum. I foresee a lot of pruning of those sites in the future as well. Perhaps the problem is needing to refocus and be less distracted or scattered in my efforts to be everywhere all the time.
During this past long holiday weekend I revisited all my subscribers’ sites and discovered that since my last visit many followers have moved on to other pursuits or have just moved on, to a “better place”. So few have managed the long haul, even with interruptions. (Well, OK. Not *all* interruptions can be overcome.) The drive to continuously provide thoughtful, insightful, meaningful or entertaining content is indeed daunting and a difficult prospect for some, including me. When I’ve hesitated or felt that both your time and mine were better spent elsewhere, I’ve thrown up my version of a “Gone Fishing!” sign or redirected you to this site’s older posts or reblogged something I found interesting. I’ll continue doing that for the foreseeable future, hopefully with more of my own thoughts as well. Thanks for sticking with me.
To all my readers that celebrate, may the coming New Year be filled with sweetness, good health, happiness, prosperity and new experiences that move you and fill you with joy, as numerous as the seeds of a pomegranate.
Foursquare is one of the very first apps I installed on my phone and I used it nearly every day at home and especially abroad. I discovered Best Nearby places that perhaps I would not have otherwise and combined with my 4sq friends’ recommendations, the chances were high that I’d likely visit.
However, every update since 6 June 2013 crashes on my phone and after sending endless crash reports, I have now installed/uninstalled it for the very last time. Posting my final review on Google Play and reading the growing number of reviews by other unhappy users that are experiencing force closes, it makes you wonder if Foursquare is tone deaf.
I know I’ll miss using Foursquare (I already do).
Moving on to Google Local. I’ll let you know how it goes. One thing I can say about it right now is that even if many of the places are outdated and need updating, it works every time I open it.
Update: Just for the heck of it, I checked in via Foursquare’s mobile site at m.foursquare.com this evening. It’s a nightmare that I hope you never have to experience.