reclaiming the blog

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You know those groups that meet to “take back the night”? Or Moms who meet in mass to reclaim a park for themselves and their kids? That’s how I’ve been feeling about the blog recently. It’s an internal struggle to figure out what I want this blog to be, what works best for me, and when it really comes down to it, what will keep the creative juices flowing. To do that, I have to follow my passion. I have to reclaim the blog for myself.

For too long, I felt obligated to post updates about C, just because this is a good venue to do that. Or to use it simply as a way update friends and family on what we’ve been up to. But the reality is, I’m at my best when I’m writing just to write. When I’m venting about things that have upset me. When I’m writing about random things that are on my mind. When I focus on things that others may not find interesting. When I’m describing funny, disgusting or slightly off color topics that not everyone will find socially acceptable.

Getting past the fact that not everyone will love every post I put up here is tough for me. The world is judgmental enough as is, without making myself a larger target for the picking. Some people may hate what I have to say. Some may find it boring. Some may cringe. The reality is, though, if I’m censoring myself on the behalf of these people, people I most likely call friends, then I’m doing them a disservice by not cluing them in on who I really am.

I’ve never been one to seek out confrontation, nor do I enjoy it when it finds me, but that’s not always the best way to live. It works in situations of self preservation, when saying nothing and bowing out quietly is easiest, but it also silences your voice. So, I’ll be trying to find that balance here, trying to express myself fully while remaining sensitive to others.

I don’t intend to exclude C or my family updates from my blog, I just need to keep in mind that those aren’t the types of posts that satisfy my personal need to write. Updates are fine, but there’s not much art or insight to them. They don’t give me a chance to stretch my literary wings and fly a bit.

So, dear readers, please bear with me if I go astray. Please forgive if I don’t hold your interest with some of my posts. Please keep in mind that the main reason for this blog is to give myself a place to write, so take the liberty to skip anything you don’t like. And do try to enjoy. :)

Happy new year! 2012 is going to be a great year.

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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