So, I’ve decided to start a blog.
It’s something I’ve always had in the back of my mind like “Oh! That would be cool!”, but never taken the time to do. Like a lot of things. But I finally have some time for the next few months, so it’s a perfect opportunity to start and set a habit. Here goes.
I suppose this is the part where I explain why I’ve decided to start writing and posting it on the internet. Well, for a couple of reasons:
- It’s an outlet. I’ve got ideas for ten different things flying around in my head, and finally have somewhere to spit them out into words. Plus, since the end of this semester I am forever done with writing creative essays for school, it’s a way to keep up and practice my writing. At the same time, though I am occasionally struck by the desire to write, I don’t want to give myself another chore. Which leads to my one rule: I make no obligation to myself to write.
- It keeps me honest. Anything written on the internet is written in black ink: once it’s up there’s no taking it down. Considering I have decided to write under my real name, I have to make sure that everything I write I am comfortable standing behind. Of course, people are far more interesting when they stick to their (often controversial) opinions, and part of this is an exercise in being comfortable with putting my true thoughts out there. The people who I admire most are unabashedly honest in who they are, and I want to become that.
- It’s a record of me. The world knows nothing of you except what you tell it – you have no other true advocate but yourself. So, for my friends, families, and people I do not yet know, here is my most public voice. I’d throw around words like ‘networking’ and ‘online visibility,’ and those are all good, but really what excites me most is the chance that something I write will connect with someone and resonate on a very deep level. That’s a pretty cool thought.
Why a blog of all mediums? I’ve always been a fan of the long form – it gives way more space to develop and clarify thoughts. If I had to compress things into daily 140-character tweets that are also clever, I’d probably commit seppuku within a week.