I have been avoiding you. I know you have been staring at me from the corner, but I keep looking the other way.
So Here’s the deal:
About 10 years ago, I began my first blog to keep in contact with friends and family during an exchange year. There was no pressure and I had no clue if anyone besides my family actually read it. It was simple. I sat down, wrote about my experiences, did a bit of refinement, pulled out some pictures and posted it. They weren’t absolute masterpieces, but people seemed to like them and I enjoyed writing them. Now it is different – I have spent hours and days selecting layouts, re-learning some CSS, editing photos and sorting through writing, editing, refining, editing again.
I admit it: I am scared. Writing each time is like standing at the edge of a cliff attached to a hang glider, getting ready to take that first step. I know the best move is to look forward with confidence and jump, but I stand frozen. The distance between here and below growing ever further away, a cool wind blowing upward, sweaty slippery palms grasping the bars of the glider, heart pounding.
One more week goes by. I’m still metaphorically sitting a safe distance from the edge of that cliff, knees tucked under my chin, hang glider staring me in the face.
Fine I get it. Time to move. Shake it off. The palms of my hands rest atop the cool, metallic keyboard, illuminated from the anticipating letters below. I will begin by being honest.
This blog is an explorative journey to discover new writing trails and building a life abroad. And maybe that’s just the part I’ve been missing – trails have rocks, potholes and unexpected turns. And perhaps that’s the blog journey too – not all paved, polished roads, but bumpy at times as well. So, hold on to your hats, grab your gliders and here we go!
*thanks pixabay.com for the awesome featured image!