I’m not sure why, but my mind keeps going back to The Hobbit. It’s really quite odd, because I admit that I’ve never read any of Tolkien’s work, nor have I seen the recent movies of that particular novel.
Yeah, I know, some of you will want to revoke my geek/nerd cred for that one, but life happens, and sometimes movies get left in the dust. Novels, too.
So. A blog.
I’ve thought about starting a blog many times, but I always came back to the same conclusion about it. I didn’t think too many people would want to read what I had to say, and I also didn’t think I had the true desire to keep up with it. So, laziness won out, because the responsibility seemed like more than the novelty would bear.
I don’t know for certain that things are any different for me now, except that my life is different now. The title that I have so liberally borrowed from Mr. Tolkien is true: I’m on a journey now that I never expected to be on. I feel the need to chronicle that journey, and to do so publicly. A blog seems like the perfect way to do that, because I have some particular goals that I want to meet, and they involve being pretty public about some of the paths my life is beginning to lead me down.
Goal 1: I really, desperately need a place where I can force myself to be transparent about my health. For a number of reasons, I don’t want to do that on Facebook, and Twitter, while awesome, does not really assuage my need to indulge my verbosity. In other words, I need to be able to write in depth, without character limits, and using my full vocabulary as I see fit.
Goal 2: I realize I won’t be saying a whole lot that isn’t said better and by better-known bloggers on the topic, but sometimes I really do want to rant, rave, or just talk about World of Warcraft. This blog will sometimes be about that, and about other things that I totally geek out over, like a cappella music or education or being a massage therapist or anatomy or…you get the idea.
Goal 3: I’ve never successfully kept a diary, and this feels a little like that, albeit a public one. This is a challenge to myself to be successful about this.
Goals 4-∞: I’m not sure yet what other goals I may have, but watch this space for an update.
There you have it. The reasons for starting this thing at the outset. Let’s see if the reasons change as time goes on, shall we?