If you know me, this probably seems like the last thing I would do. I used to think so too. I mean, who the heck do I think I am? Do I think I’m that much smarter than everyone else that I should really be sharing advice? Do I think I am so cool that people are just dying to know what I am up to? The answer to both of these questions is NO. I do not think I am the sh*t, nor do I think I am the expert of all things I speak of. I used to think thats what blogs were about. I changed my mind.
I’ve come to my opinion about blogging in the same way I came to like UGG boots. At first, I looked at the few girls that had them and said to myself “Who would actually wear something like that in public? They are so ugly!!”. Then more girls started to get them. I became curious, but maintained my preset opinion of the overly fluffy spaceman boots for longer than the average fashion forward gal. Until one day I woke up and realized, these boots were the new norm. They were hot to both boys and girls alike. They’re almost like wearing leg warmers, would go great with skinny jeans and leggings, oh what the heck, I may as well put my foot inside just to see, and oh man.... sold. How many styles and colors do things come in? I’m sure you have had the experience of changing your opinion on something too, and perhaps yours is not as trivial as UGG boots.
With blogs, I had a similar transformation. I thought you had to be an expert or famous or at least think that you were one of these things to blog. Over time, more and more completely normal people around me started them. I don’t know why but I found myself reading them and actually being entertained. Why would I find someone so normal, so reachable, so plain entertaining? Because they’re all like me! And the most interesting thing to read about is yourself right?
I also happen to love writing. I remember as a little girl writing stories and novels for fun and seriously thinking that I may one day be an author. As a teacher, I’m constantly trying to get my kids to write interesting pieces and improve their craft. What better way to practice what I preach than to get back into writing myself?
It’s also like a personal diary, which I always used to keep anyway. It’s therapeutic. It’s fun to look back on (or embarrassing, depending) and is always a reminder of how far you’ve come. Essentially this blog is a diary with the added feature that I can interact with others. How neat!
Bottom line, with the way this world is going, it seems appropriate and almost necessary to maintain an online space for yourself. I believe everyone should have one, even if it’s just a Facebook or Twitter profile. Without it, I fear being left behind and ending up like my dad who can barely turn on a computer let alone use it for actual useful purposes.
So that’s why I started my blog. Who’s next? :)