I’ve been chatting with one of my best friends, and fellow yarnie and blogger, Sarah, about how much reality you should reveal on your blog. The temptation when blogging is to present a very sanitized version of your life, light and frothy and always sunshiny. Well, I think we can all agree that I don’t do that, LOL. I share pretty much everything with you, and the few things that I don’t share, I only hold back on because I know of a few real life acquaintances who read the blog, and I don’t choose to have them all know everything about me. A girl’s gotta have some secrets!
But what I do write comes straight from the heart, and I don’t see the point in editing that. I figure that if you are reading the blog, you want to know the real me, right??
(But it’s a different matter when I read other people’s blogs. There, I definitely select the blogs that are only ever happy, shiny places. I think that for me, blogs are escapist reading, and as with my book choices, I like happy endings, not kitchen sink dramas. Dear me, I’m so full of contradictions.)
I suppose I do treat this blog very much as a personal diary. Ironically, I’ve never been able to maintain a real diary, although I’ve tried many times. I love to write, but I think I can only write when I know that I have an audience. I don’t write for my own satisfaction, I write to entertain. The blog enables me to keep my writing skills sharpish, and is a definite creative outlet. The second half of the week it becomes a business blog, but the first half of the week is my space. I have a split personality blog!
I’m very conscious that the blog is mainly written, apart from the yarn photos, images are sadly lacking. Again, this is a contradiction of what I like in my own blog list – I never follow blogs that are more text than images. But it is a reflection of the kind of creativity I have: my brain works in words, not pictures. I apologise for that, it makes things a little dull around here.
Writing is where I feel most at home. If I need to talk to someone, I would far rather do it by email than by phone or in person. I can put my thoughts into words when I type, even when sometimes I don’t know what those thoughts are when I first start off. Even when I’m rambling a bit, like today (my excuse is that we’ve both had a nasty virus, and my head still feels very cotton-woolly), just typing seems to crystallise my fuzzy thoughts!
Sometimes I find it harder blogging than others – usually it’s because my creative juices are flowing on some other project, and I haven’t got anything left to say here. But I can’t imagine life without blogging. Everybody needs a ‘voice’ whether that is expressed through writing, through painting, through photography, whatever. We all have something to say, and we need to know that someone is listening.
Thank you for being that someone.