An Apology to Myself and Anyone Who is Still Listening

It’s been a while since I last posted.

About 10 months, or 312 days, or 7,488 hours… I could keep going, but I won’t.

Truthfully, I am sorry. I want to apologize to the people who follow my blog and expect more regular posts from me. I want to apologize to anyone who was waiting for another photo challenge, or ATLT post. And I want to apologize to anyone who was hoping that I might reappear for my annual July Daily Blogging. But most of all, I want to apologize to myself.

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Daily Blogging Conclusions

So I’ve posted a blog a day for the last 30 days. This is number 31. Tomorrow I will not post anything. In fact, I might not post for a week. I don’t really know when I will be back. Daily blogging is difficult, and this will be a bittersweet relief.

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Daily Blogging: Concluding Thoughts

Every July I do some sort of blogging challenge, whether it requires posting every day, every other day, or some other amount. Either way, its always my busiest month. This year’s required a post everyday, with no prompt. I just had to post anything I wanted. That made it tough some days. I did a lot of daily prompts on days when I didn’t know what else to do.

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I’m on Twitter!

I’m sure some of you may have noticed that there is a twitter feed on the side panel of my page. If not, there is; I promise. I made a twitter for my blog! If you feel so inclined, follow me! There are two accounts, so let me explain a little bit.

There is a blog account, and a new post account. On the blog account I will post links to other blogs that I find interesting, little things I find around the web that I can talk about in 140 characters or less, and of course, I will tweet about new blog posts of my own. The new post account will only contain tweets about new posts.

That being said, follow which ever one you want… or both… or neither. It’s up to you. I won’t try to pressure you into anything you don’t want to do.

Blog account: @jlnoe_blog

New Post account: @jlnoe_newposts

So why two accounts? Mostly because of logistical stuff, but I’ll say it’s because I want to give you a choice of how much of me you want on your twitter feed.

Follow away! Or don’t… but please?


I’m Back!

Hello good readers of the world!

Aside from a few photo challenges, my last post was an update in which I promised to at least try to post once a week for the semester. What. a. fail. Okay so let me explain (and by explain, I mean make excuses. Come on, it’s tradition). So last update, I explained that my computer was having problems connecting to the network at school and I had no internet. Well, I did eventually get internet, though it could have been done much quicker. As it was explained to me, the network did not recognize my antivirus software (because it was a newer version) and therefore could not allow me on the network. Apparently the fix is to make some sort of exception or something. After a week of everyone looking around and saying ‘I don’t know’, someone was able to identify and fix the problem in maybe three hours.  Finally, I got internet.

Well, since it took them so long to execute this quick fix, I was behind on a lot of work. I was able to do some work in the library, but a lot of it needed to be done in private (client/participant confidentiality) and I needed more than three inches of desk space to spread my papers. To sum it up, I had a huge research project that required more space than the library could provide.

So my lack of internet for the first few weeks of school really set me behind on my work.

But you probably stressed yourself the next few weeks to catch up so why didn’t you post after that?

Let’s just say I had this crazy idea in my head that I would have time to run two campus organizations (with two positions on the executive board of each), become a senator for the Student Government Association, and take 15 credits of upper division classes. Now I know that that doesn’t really sound like all that much work but let me just explain that I had five meetings every week, each lasting at least an hour. I had events I had to plan (and also run). And I still had five classes to attend regularly, one of which required an entire social research project crammed into three months.

Now it may sound like I’m making excuses. And maybe I am. Could I have posted a blog here and there throughout the semester? Sure. I could have. Would it have been a quality post that I put a lot of thought into? Probably not.

The truth is, I had plenty of time to post something like this. An update about where I had been and what I had been doing. But honestly, it would have read something like this:

“For the last three days I have not left my room. I have been reading page after page of research articles, only taking breaks to type a theory paper. I have no plans for fun anytime in the near future.”

As for photo challenges, well, I certainly didn’t have time to go out an take photos. But you use old photos for photo challenges all the time! Yes, but if I don’t refuel, I’ll run out.

So, take this as you will. Either I was super busy and decided to use my little bit of down time to actually relax, or I don’t care about this blog and use school as an excuse not to post. Which ever boat you choose to board, do know that I apologize to anyone who missed my posts these last few months.

While I am on break now, and may post a few times over the next few weeks, I feel on edge about promising posts during the spring semester. While I don’t expect my school work load to be as heavy, I can’t promise anything.

As for photo challenges, I may post some here and there, but, again, I will not promise anything.

That is all for now!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (June 20)

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Alrighty! So, to get myself back into the habit of blogging, I thought I’d start with something relatively easy. Photo Challenges can be as simple or complex as you want to make them. And let’s be honest, it’s easier than writing some long blog post, then having to re-read a million times to find and typos or chunks of text that just don’t flow properly. Anyone who reads my blog knows that I get lazy when in comes to looking for typos…


Anyway, before this gets too long… here is my photo for this week’s challenge:


I like this picture for the theme between because there are lots of things in it that are, in fact, between two things. First, the sun is between the clouds and the horizon. (Nobody said it had to be exactly between). The time is also between night and day. The boat is between the camera and the shore. and the photo itself was taken from another boat, which was somewhere between two pieces of land.

Okay, that’s enough, you get the point. So, a little about this photo. I took this while I was on a cruise to the Bahamas last summer. This was the early morning as we were just about to the island where we would be staying. I decided to get up early and watch the sun rise. I’d never seen a sunrise from the ocean before. As it turns out, it looks just about the same. Aside from having water in the foreground as opposed to land. Anyhow, I liked the way that the boat was shadowed, but still fairly clear that it was a boat.

I’m not about to get all artistic with you. It just looks cool, okay? Interpret it as you wish.


p.s. Excuse the typos and chunks of texts that don’t flow very well.


I know I said that I would be blogging more this summer and then I didn’t blog at all. I don’t know if anyone even cares, but I made a commitment and then didn’t follow through. That’s not the way to do things. So, I will explain, but not make excuses. I have been sick, and my sleep schedule has never been more messed up. However, that is no excuse to not blog. Especially since I have been on the internet most of the time.

Anyway, I’m back, again. I will try to post at least twice this week. I am still planning on doing a challenge in July, like I do every year. I don’t know which challenge I will be doing, but I will find one!  So, if anyone has been anxiously waiting for my next post: soon, my friend. But honestly, who actually reads this?

New posts coming soon!


I’m Back!

I’m Baaaaaack!

Well, last week was finals, and yesterday I moved all of my stuff back home! I have a skinny pathway from my door to my bed because my room is filled with all of my things. I have made a small dent in the stacks of boxes but I got a little distracted.

Anyway, you don’t really want to hear about me unpacking, do you? I didn’t think so.

I just thought I’d post a little something for those of you who care enough to actually follow me! First of all, thank you for following my jibber-jabber. My blog is coming up on its two year anniversary and I’m amazed by the progress I’ve made. I’ll post something a little more sentimental on the anniversary. Anyway, I did decide, in January, to take a break from blogging during this past semester, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made regarding this blog. This past semester has been busy, busy, busy.

I had tons of work to do for classes since my brain malfunctioned and thought it would be a great idea to take an excessive amount of classes. Anyway, I’m waiting to get my grades from this past semester (they should be release sometime next week). I know I set a somewhat unrealistic goal for myself at the start of the semester by hoping I could get straight A’s again. Not that it would have been impossible, just that I would have stressed myself out way too much trying to pull it off. Simply, it wasn’t worth the stress it would have caused.

On a lighter note, I also had clubs and organizations that I dedicate a small amount of time to each week. Plus, my school finally allowed a resource center for the LGBT community on campus, which I, of course, volunteered some time for.

I’m not going to get into the smaller details of what I spend all my time doing, but just know that if I had tried to blog during this past semester, the content would have been spaced out and of unbelievably poor quality. I wouldn’t want to give my beautiful readers absolute crap.

Wow, this post has become much longer than I originally intended.

To the point! I’m back for the summer, and I will make a decision as fall approaches as to whether I will continue into the fall. For the summer months you can expect semi-regular blog posts. I have some things planned. I will be bringing back some of the old blog series that I have done in the past. I will do a challenge in July, as has become sort of a tradition. And I will try to find some fun new ideas to keep you all entertained!

Stay tuned for an obnoxiously long post coming out later today!


Taking A Break

Unfortunately, or maybe not, I have decided to take a break from blogging (as if I haven’t already). But this time it will be an official break. I obviously can’t keep up during the school year, and unfortunately school is more important. Hopefully, I will be back in May, but no promises there.

I will not be making up photo challenges, but I can’t say I won’t make some update posts. However, I will still be thinking about new post ideas and new challenges for my hopeful return this spring. It is also possible that if I feel a news event is important enough, i will make a post, but that wont be a promised return (unless I say it is).

Have a good 2014!


Full Moon Challenge: August 20, 2013

Sturgeon Moon, Corn Moon. August 20, 2013, 9:45 pm.

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On July’s full moon, i set the goal of enjoying the rest of my summer. I think I pretty much handled that. My vacation was very enjoyable, although we all came home sick. But that’s alright! We had a good time!

Since the last moon, well, I went on vacation. That was fun. However, during vacation I ruined my 70 something day steak in Italian. Oh well, I decided a break would probably be a good idea, so I took some time off of that. I have started again though. We also got our new phones a few days ago. Its a cool new toy. I’ve also started packing for school. I move in on Sunday, so all I’ve been doing is packing for the last few days.  Fun Stuff.

For the Next full moon, my goal is going to be to start the new school year well. I’ll have four classes: Astronomy, art, sociology of the family, and sociology of religion. Should be a good year!