Introductions: Or that "What is Your Blog About?" Post
I often think firsts are exciting.
Think about it. First steps. First time riding a bike. First kiss. First pets. All these things bring such excitement and joy to mind.
But firsts around the internet are hard.
First blog posts. First tweets. First photos published.
They all leave such a lasting first impression. Often, they are what introduce you out into the big wide world of the internet. And then, if you stay with a platform long enough, those firsts can last for quite awhile. They can become old. Or they can become something different then what you think as you change.
Nonetheless, I always feel obligated to take my time when first posting on the web.
After all, if by chance I don’t post again for awhile, these words will linger. And after all, I've had a lot of firsts considering I've changed my blog numerous times.
So, I feel introductions are in order even though you can read my about page and learn all you need to know about me. (Or all that I'm willing to share in this public forum.) But in case you haven’t visited it yet, I’m Caitlin, and this space on the web is my little corner of stories.
By stories, I really just mean my life. I hope that someday, I'll be sharing some of the actual stories I write, but for now, I'm dubbing this little blog a space for stories to help ease my mind. See, I’ve tried focusing my writing before and finding that niche, but I simply can’t do it. Life is too big to simply narrow my writing, so I’m not going to worry too much about it. I’m just going to write.
I might write about books, mostly because I'm a voracious reader. I might to write about my faith, my family, my life experiences. I might write about food and nutrition or my job as a high school English teacher and yoga instructor. I many even write about writing itself sometimes or share some of my fiction writing while I’m also throwing in cute pictures of my two miniature dachshunds.
One of my most favorite things to do in life is to put words on a page.
I guess you could label this a journal-blog or maybe more formally, a lifestyle blog. But I'm not really a formal person or one to follow norms. So honestly, I'll probably just call this my blog. I promise I won’t pour out my heart in angst like the 15-year-old me furiously scribbling in my journal, trying to make sense of my day to day. Though, there may be times I do pour out my heart because writing for me has always been a way to process life. It’s how I make sense of this world and sometimes even of myself.
One of my most favorite things to do in life is to put words on paage, made even better if I have a bold cup of coffee nearby. I believe it’s part of my original design–the thing in my soul God designed just for me. I have so many scrap pieces of paper, napkins, post-its, and Word documents filed away with story ideas, thoughts, characters, memories, and the joys and worries of my life, but in the last few years I’ve done nothing with them. Shared them with no one.
Mostly because I didn’t believe in myself as a writer.
But during this whole process of writing–and not writing–that I’ve been in the last few years, I’ve heard the Spirit’s whispers, and they are telling me I am good enough.
So, I think it's time to get back to writing and sharing it with readers.
My invitation to you is here: pour a cup of coffee (or tea or whatever you prefer) and step into my stories as I write them.
My hope is that you will find some of your own stories along the way.