Like Orpheus Back from the Underworld

After a long period of silence, I am emerging from my self imposed exile.  I have been silent for a variety of reasons.  Chief among them was that I was spending more time in the virtual world, than I was fulfilling my obligations to my family and to myself to work towards being a better person.  Blogging, and technology had begun to be an escape from the real world.  I therefore declared a self imposed moratorium on blogging, workshop instruction, flickr photos etc.

I believe that this respite was necessary for my mental health, as well as the welfare of my family and loved ones.  I have been able to re-prioritize different aspects of my life, and I have come to realize that blogging can be a part of my life, as long as I don’t allow it to dominate me.

I was pulled out of my exile last week, when at the las minute, I was asked to teach a podcasting class at the Michigan Library Consortium.  I really did not want to go.  I felt that I had been out of the technology loop for so long, that I would have trouble relating to a class full of would be podcasters.  As usual, I was also afraid that “they might not like me…”  Anyway, I did go up to Lansing last week to teach the class, and it was a very positive experience for me.  I want to thank the class for being so enthusiastic and so patient about the internet connection issues we were having.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know that I am doing better than I have in years.  I want to thank my wife and kids for their patience with me.

I will be coming back, and blogging occasionally.  You may not have any interest in some of my new interests… SQL, database structure, open source software.  But, I will also be blogging about my family, life in Northern Indiana, Library programming.

Stick around and enjoy the show if you like.  It will be interesting to see where I go from here….

About ashkev

The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.
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