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I Want to Start A Blog

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I know I already blog here on SP and I have another blog on a different website but I want to start a blog where I can talk about anything and where I set the rules and don't have to adhere to other people's rules and standards and I want to be anonymous so that people I know in real life don't know that it's my blog. Is that too much to ask?

When I first joined SparkPeople, way back in 2007, blogging didn't come naturally and I tended to only do it when I had to. In fact, it kind of felt like homework and for a long time, I resisted.

But you know what? I actually love blogging now! I love getting my thoughts typed out. And, I love the feedback I get from my readers especially here on SP where people, for the most part, are supportive and nice.

I've always thought I wanted to write something. I LOVE words and I LOVE reading and people always say I should write a mystery novel since that's my favourite type of book but I don't want to write a mystery.

I decided to write a food dictionary once upon a time. I had a notebook and made a section for each letter of the alphabet and every time I saw a food-related word that I'd never heard of before, I recorded it in the proper section along with its definition. I even added words I did know that others might not know. I had come up with a title and everything but it never went anywhere beyond that.

I've also tried my hand at writing books for children but I think I was even worse at that than at the food dictionary. I think I'm better at non-fiction writing than fictional. I have a good imagination but usually the fiction I read is way better than anything I could ever come up with.

I'm practical. I need to write stuff I'm familiar with. I need to write about stuff I love. Fiction is great for reading but there isn't a fiction writer in me.

Writing is natural in my family. My dad was an English professor and wrote 2 books about Beowulf, an Old English poem, of which he's one of a handful of people in the whole world who is an expert on it.

He also is a world expert on the literary critic, Northrop Frye and when Dr. Frye died and left all his papers to the university he worked at during his life, my dad was the general editor of the 30-volume set.

My mum was a high school English teacher and wrote poetry for fun. She and my dad co-edited textbooks for Grades 7 through 13. She instilled the love of reading and words in me from the early age of 4 when she taught me to read.

She set up a classroom with desks and chalkboard in our first house and my sisters and I spent a lot of time there learning from her and from each other.

All of my sisters (I have 4) are in teaching-related jobs. So writing and words and learning are all part of my natural history.

But there are so many facets to me. Facets that very few people know about. DH, one of my sisters and DH's brother are the 3 people that probably know me the best and know most if not all of those aspects but even still, there are parts of me that even they don't know.

This is why I blog. But if I start a new blog out in the world wide web, I need to come up with a name for it. And, since I want to be anonymous, I need to create a new identity/name for myself plus the people in my life so that people I know in real life don't know it's me.

These are things I need to think more about. These are things that so far have prevented me from doing anything about it. And, besides that, I am blogging -- here and one other place so I do have outlets.
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    that's awesome. I have to admit when I started to blog, was shying away from posting all of my thoughts and feelings too. Now it's all out there. I find it so cathartic. I LOVE getting it out there. And the feedback - realizing I"m not crazy and I'm not the only one struggling with some of these thoughts. so helpful
    1604 days ago
    I think you can just start somewhere. I blog about myself because I know that is the way the story never ends at least as long as I am alive. So you should consider a title that will last for a long time.
    1605 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Lots to think about. I have flirted with the idea of doing a blog (outside of SP) but have never done it because it takes commitment. It has to be updated regularly to grab and maintain a following. But I think you would be good at it, if that is what you decide you want.
    1606 days ago
    I hope you can come up with a way you feel comfortable with for your blogging. All the best wishes for you!
    1607 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So that is how you became so well grounded in the written word and your love of reading. It would be nice to have a more creative outlet that is uncensored. Loved TEENY_BIKINI'S off site blogs, and am sorry she isn't writing anymore.
    Enjoy you Sunday.
    1607 days ago
    Your blog is a delight to read and so glad you realize how Spark People has helped you find your talent. Keep blogging here and being the beautiful motivator that you are. By helping others to blog. Everyday is a new opportunity for being the best you.
    1607 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    I enjoyed reading this blog and since I was completely unfamiliar with you I now plan to read your other blogs. You obviously have a knack for writing. Best of luck whatever you decide to do.
    1607 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog and you probably would be good at writing to get paid, maybe magazine articles.
    1607 days ago
    Good luck to you . I have started a book but it gets put aside as i can not find a publisher to look at it
    1607 days ago
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