Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
I was so excited to start the Blogging 101 course, eagerly anticipating the first assignment. So….why did I get a cold knot in my stomach when I saw what it was? Because I have to write about myself. Just me, not my farm or the critters or a friend or music or whatever. I’m in all those posts in one way or another, but in a supporting role, not the lead one. Writing exclusively about myself produces major heebie-jeebies and makes me wish I hadn’t quit smoking weed. On the “About” page, I mention how much I love writing even though it sometimes ties me in knots. Types of trees are mentioned, but nothing really about myself. This has turned out to be a good thing, since this past year has involved some honkin’ big changes in my life.
So…who am I? A cross between Dorothy Parker and Granny Clampett. A well educated hillbilly, in other words. Not quite as cynical Ms. Parker, but every bit as feisty as Ms.Clampett. One of my favorite cousins sent me a tee shirt for Christmas that declares “All I care about is my farm and my animals. Oh…and like maybe 3 people.” That pretty much says it all.
I’m here because blogging gives me that bizarre combination of pleasure and terror that I mentioned before. I have chosen to live alone in the middle of nowhere, so there’s definitely a social component. It’s a way to connect with some truly brilliant, funny, quirky people who inspire me. That’s the crux of why I blog – while certainly not one of the truly brilliant, I’m occasionally funny and definitely quirky. I hope that someone somewhere will be inspired by one of my posts; whether it’s to snort and roll their eyes, or burst into laughter, or just consider what they’ve read and gain a bit of a new perspective.
Due to those aforementioned changes, I have the blessing/curse of more time to spend writing. Now it’s up to me to get off my happy ass and maintain the motivation….