I have started and stopped blogs for the past 17 years. (Yes, 17 years.) I started my first blog when I was 25 and taught myself how to code HTML. I’ve worked with several different kinds of blogging platforms. At this point, the technology has blown far past my knowledge and patience. So here I am… WordPress.
The reason I’ve started and stopped blogs is that I am not sure what my aim is. I have no idea what I want to write about, exactly how much ranting is appropriate, and exactly how vulnerable I want to be in a public forum. Now that we’re all moving onto digital platforms, there is a higher probability of someone I know (or future employers) to stumble on my writing.
For now, I will probably post about:
- Recipes and commentary
- Parenting, family, and friends
- Personal development
- Coping with life as a high-functioning person with bipolar disorder
- My experiments in living
- Professions of undying love for music, literature, and wonders of the world
- Promotion of my side gigs
- Original fiction
On the rants:
My promise to you is that I will give you fair warning of my rants. I have created a category called Proceed with Caution. I’ve set my blog up for “excerpt mode,” which will allow you to click in if you choose, and I’ve added a standard disclaimer with the hope that you won’t get sucked into the post against your will.
I have created a page dedicated to rules of engagement because there are so many keyboard warriors out there. Women bloggers and tweeters are particularly at risk for rape and death threats. Please review my rules before you comment. It’s my blog, so I reserve the right to delete or ban anything that is obnoxious, rude, or threatening.
All that said, I want to hear other’s stories. I am interested in other points of view. Are you against something that I am passionate about? I want to understand. There is not enough respectful, non-violent dialogue in our culture at this time. I want this to be a place where that occurs.
For new parents:
I want to make this a safe haven for you, so I encourage you not to read any of my rants. I do hope that my non-rants can provide ideas and comfort and laughs. If you ever need to vent, please feel free to contact me. I am happy to lend an ear, and I promise to only share my story or provide advice if directly asked.
I may not be able to blog consistently, as I am juggling a 9-5, the second shift, side gigs, and a chronic mental health issue. I will do my best.