Yesterday I decided to take the plunge and share my post with the world of social media. It went well.
I haven’t exactly kept this blog a secret, but up until yesterday I hadn’t really actively shared it with many people for several reasons. I mostly fear criticism, because I don’t really take it very well in a personal context, and as this is a harbour for all my personal insights (said with a certain amount of sarcasm) it’s not something I have ever been comfortable opening to criticism. I also don’t want to offend anyone, and given that I am lucky enough to have friends of all colours, creeds, walks of life and general beliefs, that can sometimes be difficult. I know to my cost that things written online can sometimes take on a meaning that was never intended, and I don’t want to risk losing any friends to something I’ve blurted out without really considering my wording.
I also didn’t think anyone would care about things I think in my head and then occasionally share with the internet void, so it’s quite refreshing to see that I may actually have something meaningful to share. I began this blog as a way to share my life in Morocco with friends without them being compelled to actually reply to emails, and it worked well because I could just ignore the stats and believe people were keeping up. Since I relaunched my blogging efforts I’ve not had the same audience to play to, and so at times I’ve struggled to keep it up, knowing that I don’t have anyone watching. Now that I have taken the plunge and have a new audience my effort to be interesting, provocative, funny and in any other ways I can engineer, good, to read will be redoubled.
Which is why I’ve started with this somewhat meta post. But whatever.