Today’s a big, big day! I’ve posted 101 blog posts on A Solo Affair and I can hardly believe it! What’s crazier is that people are actually reading what I write! Even though I make a living as a writer, this blog, however silly, means more to me in some ways. I have the freedom to write whatever I please without a dreaded deadline or content stipulations lurking over my head. It feels more like play, which is such a relief.
I’ve been writing my entire life. Journals, private blogs, stories, essays, and before I could write, I was telling elaborate lies — ah, the mark of a true storyteller.
As most of you know, I’m no stranger to blogs, as I’ve been privately blogging for close to 10 years now. A Solo Affair became my first taste of blogging out of the closet and at first, I was utterly terrified. It feels funny to write now, but when I first started this blog, I didn’t want to tell anyone about it. Although I’m a fan of blogs, writing my own content felt silly for some reason.
I remember the day I first publicized a blog post to my Facebook account. Jazzed up on multiple cups of morning java, I discovered the publicized button and recklessly submitted my post. I felt the blood drain from my face at the very thought of my private words and feelings being exposed for all to see. I paced my living room, watching the stats on my blog go up and up, until I thought I was going to explode from embarrassment. Ha Ha. And that was that. There was just no turning back.
If you knew me in real life (and some of you do) you’d know that I’m drawn to genuine people like a magnet. I don’t think it’s possible to have any type of relationship, whether friendship or blogship (yep, I just made that word up) without honesty being front and centre. Authenticity is something that I deeply respect and value and will continue to explore it in my work.
I’m hoping that this blog will continue to evolve in that direction. A space where we can explore, talk, (please start talking to me) daydream and unravel life issues. But more than anything, I hope this blog will continue to be a space to just play.
Here’s to 101 little solo stories and all that have yet to be written,