I’ve been away for so long. Why? I have spent vast quantities of time thinking about social media and blogging this year, and I have done very little about any of it. I’ve finally decided that it all comes down to self-acceptance, and that is not one of my strong points.
Without a decent dose of self-accepance, I will forever have one foot in the camp of self-doubt. And that means that anything and everything I post online is something that might be used to shame, ridicule, embarrass or criticise me. And you know what the craziest thing is? I don’t really mind if this comes from complete strangers, it’s the people that I know that I’m afraid of looking stupid in front of. My family, my friends, the people I used to work with, or go to school with. But the thing is, I truly love blogging. I love to write, my business is the web, and being online today is beneficial in so many ways that there really is no point hiding away for fear of what my old classmates might think of me.
So, I’ve been working on this whole self-acceptance thing, and I think I’m ready to get back out here. I’m spectacularly average at most things, which is something I occasionally find embarrassing (42 years on this earth and I can count my achievements in single figures), so I doubt there will ever be anything here to blow anyones mind, but I have lots of interests, and I like to share. One of the things I love about blogging is the connection with like-minded people. I have some treasured long-distance friendships that exist only because I poured my heart out online. So I’m hoping to be around a bit more now. If you’re reading, let me know!