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Regarding tonight
(It's kind of weird that I had to go ahead and post this on Tumblr while LJ was down earlier today, in case it didn't come back in time, but:)

So I'm in the middle of gathering up my background material and recapping the Hannibal premiere, but even if I weren't... I don't think I'd be liveblogging the Oscars. I didn't last year, and ended up being surprisingly glad I didn't. Short version of the conversation I've had several times the last few weeks--I'll be livetweeting over on the secondary @cleolindajones account, then gathering up interesting things and videos and fashion for a Storify post afterwards. Three to four hours straight of finging has just gotten to be physically unpleasant over the last ten (!) years--like, seriously, for the last 3-4 years, I would spend a good bit of those Sundays deeply depressed and trying to work myself up to doing it. And it also just really seems superfluous these days, what with everyone liveblogging and tweeting, and there's so much video of the show the day afterwards. I know a lot of y'all enjoyed it, and I'm really grateful for that, but I just don't know how valuable it is these days, now that my health isn't great, energy is precious, and I can spend a lot less of it putting together a collection of multiple people's interestingness. And you know, I won't lie--there's a lot less commenting these days than there used to be, and someone even got angry that last year's Golden Globes liveblog entries even existed. Add that to the flood of professional liveblogs, and it all made me reconsider whether this is something I really need to be doing anymore. I just--I hate to be so sensitive about it, but--it's hard to spend the day on the verge of tears working yourself up to doing something physically draining and then have someone get up in your face and snap that you shouldn't even be doing it. (I did back out of last year's Oscars liveblog due to a genuine back injury, though.) I feel terrible about letting a tradition lapse, but I have this feeling like it's time to move on and look into different ways of doing things.

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Oh my gosh, don't do something that fills you with dread and despair just to please some of us. And don't feel like you have to apologize! People-pleasing is a huge trap - I know, I'm a recovering addict. I did enjoy your liveblogs, but you know, my life MAY just go on without them, AND still be filled with interesting Cleolinda commentary on other things.

Relax and enjoy and let your fingers fing at a nice comfy pace.

Oh, Cleo, sorry to hear you got snapped at. That sucks. Been there, done that, most definitely did not enjoy it.

You do not need to be doing anything that drains you to that extent, anyway. We're just glad to get whatever you feel able and willing to do.

Don't sweat it Cleo. If it's stopped being fun, it's not something you need to do. You owe yourself more than you owe any of us anything.

Your health and well-being are far more important than pleasing your fans :) Take care of yourself! Don't feel guilty at all--do what makes you feel best. We'll love you no matter what :)

I came here to see if you were live-blogging it and squeed aloud to read that you will be recapping "Hannibal". YAY!

Take care of yourself and thank you for all that you share with us. :)

I echo the chorus of "don't do it if it hurts and makes you feel bad."

Sometimes letting a tradition go is a good thing.

Oscars huhwhazit? Get to that Hannibal recap!!! I'm going in for my second viewing and will deconstruct after that. I already, you know, flailed myself boneless.

Edited at 2014-03-03 01:38 am (UTC)

All of the above times two. Don't worry about us, dearie, and take care of yourself.

Don't feel terrible, feel free! If a tradition is making you full-on miserable, it's time to jettison that puppy and move on to something you actually enjoy.

Also, people who take you (or any blogger) to task for what you post to your own site... Fffffff, get over yourself, people, it's not all about you. Cleo does this for free; a little graciousness and gratitude would not go amiss.

Edited at 2014-03-03 02:16 am (UTC)

1 - people are STUPID. You get more of the stupid people because more people follow you across the interwebz
2 - ONLY DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. It isn't a job! You should enjoy it!
3 - we love you regardless.

Sending supportive hugs your way! I know that I personally enjoy the hell out of the general existence of your blog - I would definitely rather read something that you wanted to post rather than something you're not excited about or downright dreading. If it's not what you want to write, don't worry about letting it go!

Edited at 2014-03-03 03:40 am (UTC)

Aw, Cleo… you don't have to sound so apologetic! I loved your awards show stuff simply because I never felt like watching the entire thing, but simply finding out who won what and all the good/touching/funny bits afterwards. A collection of all the good bits you found in one post (since I don't follow many others who watch it either) sounds great. Good luck catching up on other things and rejuvenating.

Speaking of 'awesome little bits', I came across these two. You've probably seen before… heck, not even to intrude, like, 'here's some cool stuff to add!' but just, being someone who didn't want to get swamped in live-tweets/blogs, these were just awesome ones that were making the popular rounds… :)

Ellen get everyone to do an awesome selfie. Liza desperately tries to get in. :)

Benedict Cumberbatch photobombing U2. <3 ;D

Don't even worry about it! If you're not having fun doing it, if it is causing that much anxiety, then it's not something you need to do.

You're very right--things move on.

oh, honey. I loved loved loved your liveblogs, but your happiness, your health (mental and physical) is so much more important.

I echo everyone else: if you no longer like what you've done/been doing, STOP DOING IT. We love you anyway, and those who don't can just get f***ed go away quietly. We know you do things for the love of doing things, and we, your loyal readers, get to read wheat you're doing for free, so... *shrug* Haters to the left, and all that. <3

I sincerely hope your health improves soon. <3 So do what you're comfortable with/not in pain from doing, and ... yeah, I've run out of words now. Just know that we're cheering for you, no matter what it is you do, okay? :)


What everyone else said, basically. Your own health is the main priority.

What they said. And thank you again for your past service and constant wit.

That's ok Cleo. No point in doing it if it stresses you! Can you direct me to your Storify account instead? X

Just chiming in to say… I remember that comment and I was so taken aback, and so, well, angry at it. I don't get why there are people who feel that the best use of their time is to go around and tell others NOT TO HAVE FUN… or why they think their opinion that others should not have fun in unapproved ways is, or ought to be, important to anyone else.

And yet I totally get that once you do get a comment like that, even if you know it shouldn't be important (because who is this stranger on the internet telling you you're having fun in the wrong way, and why should you even listen?), somehow it IS, it just settles in the pit of your stomach and feels awful.

Which is all to say: that sucked, and I really get how it impacts your desire to do the liveblogs as you did before. And all of the other stuff is really understandable reasoning, too.

Please don't feel bad. I'm really NOT for anyone putting themselves through dread and stress just to please a readership. You're doing really cool things now and it's fun to follow them. I'm looking forward to seeing your Storify thing for it. If that's the best way for you to have fun with it now, and share it, then really, I'm all for it. What makes it fun to read something from you is the sense that you had fun doing it, too.

Just as Lois implied I'm shocked that a person able to earn $7362 in 1 month on the internet . Go now ᵂᵂᵂ.fiscalpen.Ⅽᴼᴹ

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