Oct 15, 2007

To blog or not to blog?

It has taken a long time for me to get to the place of creating and posting in such a way. And I am still not so sure I want to walk in this room, yet here I am, standing at the threshold of something that will stretch me in so many ways.

I love the internet, and know there was life before email but I can't imagine that now. I spend hours most days surfing the web, working on my website, and most of all checking my email. I have shopped for lots of things on the web, including my new iMac (which I LOVE!). I don't have any problem purchasing online, researching reviews of products and services that I'm interested in (I honestly can't remember the last time I set foot in a library!) and paying bills. It quick, easy and safe. Yet, I have stayed away from things like discussion boards, chat rooms and blogs. I will read them from time to time but haven't, until now, participated.

And as I'm sitting here at my computer, looking out on this beautiful mountain morning with the sun glittering on the lake that's just 100 feet from my back door, I realize that it's time for me to stretch myself again. And it comes down to something I've known for a very long time; it's really just a control issue. It is all too easy to hide behind a computer, creating an id and password and travel around laying an opinion on anything and never having to reveal any true identity. And even though I didn't think I could admit it, somewhere along the way I'm sure I've done it too.

Yet, here I stand, at the precipice of what I think may be one of those huge tiny steps in the evolutionary process. I'm putting myself out there for all to see, writing my way to a new me. And know you'll do with it what you will.

As a writer and a teacher I'm going to throw in a writing exercise or two at the end of each blog post.

Since the focus of this blog is stretching into new areas and arenas set your timer for 10 minutes and use this prompt to get you started:

*If money were not a consideration what would you do, who would you be?
*Now, set your timer again and consider what you'd be willing to give up to make that dream a reality, or would you have to give up anything at all?
*How far are you really from any of those things in this very moment?

Happy Writing!

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