What Am I Doing Here?

Day 1 of Blogging 101: Why blog?

I started blogging recently. I wanted a format to explore my world, to reconnect with myself as well as discover who I’ve become. I spent the last 21 years raising a person. As a single parent I found it best to focus all my creative energy on the child, crafting a relationship that could grow a tiny person into a fine adult. Parenting 24/7 didn’t leave a lot of time and energy available for other creative endeavors. Art takes time and freedom of mind that I rarely had.

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Now that these energies are freed up, I have no interest in taking up where I left off. I’m trying new things, new methods and new materials. I started painting for the first time last year and found I love it. And I’m not terrible at it.

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When seeking a way to explore writing, blogging seemed a good fit. The pressure of setting up something immediately public forces me to try harder. My personal goal of writing something and posting it at least five days a week gives me a deadline. I like that I can craft the look of each piece with the flexible formatting. When at a loss for words I can post a photo, which has led to a renewed interest in photography. At a time when I feel the loneliness of an empty nest, blogging offers a way to reach out to others, develop a sense of community and make new friends.

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I’m interested in honing my writing skills and exploring the world around me, both in my own neighborhood and outside my state and my country. I find peace of mind in nature, enjoy philosophical explorations, have a rich fantasy life, and love finding the oddities around me. I plan to blog a mix of quick quips and longer pieces. There may be some fiction, nonfiction, photography, opinions and philosophical ruminations liberally sprinkled with awkward images. And if I’m diligent and lucky, I may produce a gem or two.

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