Blogging and Life Update

The poem from yesterday, called “Night Wind” came to me so quickly and so clearly, I could not resist writing it down and posting it in a hurry, even though I had to be out the door.

That happens to me, even though I realize I need to slow down, or I think I need to retire from blogging. I always have more inspiration, just when I think I have run out of things to say! I have a writer’s voice like a river running strong.

Yet I always work hard and push forward, sometimes too much. To be honest 2021 has been a tough year. Several family members have died from cancer, and a close friend to my wife also passed away from cancer.

My wife still gets treatments for her own cancer, and that makes bad news even more difficult to deal with. I go on my own appointments for chronic pain, and I often think of the Beatles’ song, “Yesterday”. At least the first few lines.

My wife and I also had separate car accidents! We were both injured separately, but I’m ok now even though my car was totaled. My wife has improved.

It’s not the right time to retire from blogging. However whatever schedule I once had for posting, has gone out the window. I need to adjust my blogging balance and I’m thinking about possible strategies. I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you so much for reading!


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56 thoughts on “Blogging and Life Update

  1. I’m so so sorry about your accidents and the death of dear ones. That sounds really harsh. Plz do NOT retire from blogging. The blogging community CANNOT afford to lose you 🥺 I’m impressed by how resilient you have been despite the hardships, finding refuge in nature, crafting beautiful words to further glorify your stunning photographs and interacting with the community. I hope things sort themselves out for you. Prayers 🙏

    1. Sam your comments are so uplifting and strengthening, thank you! I cannot thank you enough. Yes I need to keep blogging but I’m not sure how often or how much. Thank you again! Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

  2. Oh, my. Nico, thank you for this very important update… I’m still very sorry for your losses and understand completely. 😟

    Sending lots of light to the both of you- 🌞🌸😺


    1. Thank you Valentin. Grief is a terrible thing. My wife is better now. When our sister in law passed away my wife was close to her and it was a very difficult loss. Peace my friend and beautiful blessings.

  3. So sorry to hear about all your misfortunes and death in the family. Dont stop blogging, maybe just revise how often you post, we certainly dont want to lose you. Prayers for healing and recovery to tou both 🙏🙏🙏

    1. Thank you Deryn! And thank you for your patience. I found your comment in the spam folder! Oh no. Your comments, prayers encouragement and blessings are uplifting so thank you again! Peace and wonderful blessings to you.

    1. Thank you Jeff! I’m not sure yet what my schedule will be, but something needs to be less. You’ve recently made some changes I think, how are they working for you? Let me know. Peace my friend and wonderful blessings.

      1. You’re welcome, Nico! I did. Previous to about two months ago, I was posting 7 or 8 times a week, sometimes more. I reduced to 4, sometimes 5, and that has been amazingly helpful; so much so, I’m actually considering reducing by one more post a week. Good luck! Thank you. Peace and blessings to you too.

      2. Thank you my friend! Years ago I actually posted twice a day! Can you believe it? I have no idea how I did it. I like the way you are posting now and I understand completely. Peace and wonderful blessings.

  4. Life is a roller coaster ride. I send blessings your way. Stay strong, stay healthy. People we care are more important than anything. Your blog is really great but breaks are important too to refresh ourselves. Take care!

  5. I am glad you decided not to retire from blogging. Your posts are so uplifting. I think people who deal with a lot of tragedy in life have an instinct for blessing others. I hope your wife recovers. Sending prayers your way.

  6. I pray you both recover completely. If you need to take a break, your readers will understand. Maybe you can document all your blog posts and post them when you return. It’s a suggestion, you choose.
    I recently found your blog and it encourages me. So, Thank you!!

  7. May your loved ones rest in peace!My condolences.It is saddening to hear that you have gone through so much in your life… 😦 it is nice to hear that you have gotten better 🙂

  8. I had no idea. Life tested you intensely. I am glad to hear you both are recovering from the car accidents. I hope, the worst lies behind you and that easier and more joyful times are ahead.
    You know, maybe you don’t need to think whether blogging or retiring from blogging but simply write when you feel like it. We will be there anyway and you have less pressure to be present.

  9. You create so much beauty through your words and share it through your pictures too. There is inherent peace laced with the magical flow of life in your writings. Peace underneath all that intensity. We are here any time you write on a schedule that comes with your flow. Thank you for being here.

  10. We have no answers for why these love ones go before there time nor why accidents happen. What I do know is, my Lord is always there to comfort us and get us through.

    Blogging regularly is a full-time job and even in Covid lock-downs, we get busy with “life”. My blogging has completely changed since I began but I still schedule and reschedule my “works” that God has given me to share. I share new posts when God leads me to, even if it’s the blessings of life. We’re all different…thank the Lord or wordpress would be awfully boring and repetitive.

    Share if and when you can. I for one, will still have Rivers Renewed set to receive your new post alerts. I’ll miss your posts but you need to do what is best for you and your wife. God bless you always. – Chrissy

    1. Chrissy, I cannot thank you enough for your kind words, prayers, encouragement, advice and for your continued support! And your comments on faith are also tremendously encouraging. I will still be here for sure and wanted to let everyone know why some changes are forthcoming. I’ll be praying about my schedule and future posts. Peace and wonderful blessings. Thanks again!

  11. Nico, we will always be here for you. As much time as you have for us, we will cherish. I hope you both stay well. You have my deepest sympathies.

  12. You have been through a lot, Nico, and I’m sorry to hear about your accidents and pray your wife will recover very soon. Writing is therapeutic, so hopefully, if you continue to write and post your beautiful musings here, it will help with the healing process. I’m in my eleventh year of blogging, and it is only natural to vary the schedule. Do what is right for you and take good care.

  13. Hello Mr. N,
    I am so sorry to hear of these recent events, especially the accidents and the passing of dear friends. You and your wife remain in our thoughts and prayers for a full recovery. As has already been mentioned, your photos and writings from the heart have given so much to us during these challenging times. But first and foremost your health and your family’s well-being is top priority. We’ll always be here, so please take care.

    1. Thank you Takami for your beautiful and heartfelt thoughts! And for your prayers! Your encouragement means a lot. I’m still considering different options. Peace and beautiful blessings to you all.

  14. While I comment most of your posts , Nico . I miessed this one ! I am sorry.

    I knew your wife was battling against cancer with hope . I did know you had a chronic pain and car accidents .
    Be sure of my encouragements and may friendship

  15. Everything will be okay just stay strong this if the people who we love is with us then the most terrible storms can be overcome
    Your wife and you have a healthy life ahead

  16. I better understand the accidental crisis, am also suffering from accidental pain my left body affected and disable due to accident. But it is life journey nothing predictable what will be next second.

  17. Nico, I missed this post previously. Really sorry to hear about all the losses that you and your wife experienced recently. And also the traffic accidents! I hope you both heal up – on all levels and in every way possible.

    Thank you for all your beautiful posts, in spite of the difficulties.

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