Friday, April 24, 2009

I. What's in a Name? Last Call for the Blog Train

Somehow I missed the blog train. Here I was typing away in word doc or writing in *gasp* an actual journal. How middle school of me. The wonderful world of blog only came to me this last year. And when it came to me it hit hard like a mid-summer rainstorm in the Midwest- only not scary. I was introduced to a single amazing/inspiring/beautiful/ blog through a friend, which you can read about here. I was captivated by the story of this young woman (pretty much my age) and her undeniable strength and her wonderful family. I was hooked. I began to read her sisters blog, which you can read here. I started finding myself at blogs which I linked to through that blog and so forth. I started mentioning to friends and coworkers that I was looking at this blog or that blog and I was met with the realization that I was quite behind in the discovery of this linked world. Shoot! I have always been so on top of things. And the questions started to come as to why I did not have one. I was the one who was always writing. I did not have an answer. I already knew I wanted to connect and now this could be how.

What do I call it? How do you pick a name that in essence defines what you have to say to the world and at the same time somehow comes off sounding cute or even dare I say- clever. Too much pressure I bestow upon myself. Maybe I should just keep it simple. I think I need more of that in my life. Simplicity. Oh, I think I have something.

I have read so many blogs and as many as I view and as much as I am inspired by what I see and read, I must admit- I have yet to find myself in a blog. What I mean is that I am not the main character. Not yet. I am not married, I do not have children, I do not own a house, I am not very fashionable, I am not a very good cook. So out the window go so many of my favorite blog topics. What I have to offer are stories, thoughts, plans for some of the above items, and a need to write. Maybe I should start with what I do have. I have a loving boyfriend of almost five years, two highly entertaining dogs, a developing career, a supportive but distant family (1,390 miles away according to Google Maps), fabulous friends, and half a duplex. Not so bad.

So bear with me as I try to get a hang of this world in which more than my hard drive sees the vast array of jumbled thoughts and striving words. Maybe I will include some fiction pieces as well, might as well make them public somewhere. My hope is that writing to an audience with regular updates will clear some of the writing cobwebs and allow a deeper recognition of the simple things, everyday moments, that make life a little sweeter.

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