Don’t let the start stop you…and don’t overthink it.
…easier said than done.
For over a year, I have been thinking (and overthinking) about how and why I would begin sharing words and ideas with the world.
The initial decision to begin sharing my writing was made quickly. Since discovering the therapeutic benefits of journaling as a teenager, I have written daily. Words are constantly trying to find their way out of me. Now, it would seem they’d like to be read by humans other than me.
Using a blog as a writing platform made sense also; simple, effective, accessible & ubiquitous. With a moderate amount of web design and development experience under my belt, I could effectively create the platform myself, for free.
But then, my overthinking brain began ruminating. It grilled me on every detail about what I was doing and why I was doing it; my writing style, the finding of my ‘voice’, deciding which damn font combination looked the best, and questioning my own psychological need to satisfy the words that had been going mad in captivity.
It became stifling. Unsurprisingly, the magic I had felt so strongly when writing for myself had all but dissipated and the words turned to shit. If I was not careful, I would soon lose another source of wonder in my life, before putting a single sentence forward to the world.
It’s nonsensical. It still is. For days, I’ve been trying to come up with a clever, witty and wordy ‘welcome to blog’ post that would, with a moderate amount of style and panache, launch my humble little venture into the world.
The truth is simple:
I enjoy thinking. I enjoy capturing my thoughts through words. I want to start sharing them, lest they drive me mad.
I think I have something to offer; something of true value. Something that is more than another pretentious goober with a blog throwing thoughts out into the world.
I’m not even sure what it is just yet, but this is how I find out. Take a little leap into the unknown. Momentum before clarity. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Etc.
To the ones still reading, welcome.
I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to you, and thank you for being here.
Yes, I make no secret of the fact that I write and create for myself; it is my never-ending love-affair with creativity. It’s not only endless fun, but it’s the only way I can enjoy the process and actually lay down some words I’m semi-happy with, while acknowledging the fact that I’m still finding my way, and will undoubtedly make plenty of mistakes.
However, that shouldn’t suggest that I am in any way unaware or ungrateful for those who would share these words with me. In fact, even stronger than my desire to write is my desire to connect. I truly hope we get the chance to do just that. I am aching to meet my tribe.
I hope you enjoy reading these words as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
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