You might think that this should have been the first post. Not so inside my mind and my “system”! The first post went exclusively and only to my husband, Peter and my daughter Lia who may be mentioned more than once in the course of my blog writing. I had to figure out the technology first and try it out on a non-threatening audience with some objectivity and a whole lot of love. Then I had to brave the exposure of my thoughts on a page that would be out in the very big, very public realm of the blog-o-sphere. Watching a video blog this evening with a state legislator reminded me that I needed to get on with it and get over all the fears of “just doing it,” really! Peter and Lia were very supportive on that first post, by the way.
This blog will be My Musings for anyone interested in reading them. They are the points between the conversations I have with people in my life; the ideas that don’t make it into a conversation, but are inspired by it later, for better or worse. When I became more serious about writing, I was moved to action by a book by Miriam Roach Smith – The Memoir Project. She has a sense of humor, is able to write and teach from her human-ness and talent and she actually got me moving. One point she made was, to paraphrase, if you aren’t ready to start the novel, start with a chapter or an essay or a blog. But start. I am thinking about the novel, am working on a chapter and am posting this blog.
My daughter’s blog for Wild Bull in a China Shop is something I have come to wait for like a wonderful magazine or newsletter. I am mindful when it is near the date for her posts and I read them like they are nourishment! She writes well, creates art well and lives well and she inspires me. That first blog of mine was about inspiration and while she was not the centerpiece of that post, she is one of the people who come to mind when I am searching for support, amazement, joy, reality and every other important aspect of being alive and present in life. I will write more about that when I write my Musings about being in life with someone with whom you find you form a wave; at once the ebb and at another the flow – while still one. Likewise, getting into blogs was most compelling while my husband traveled in Suriname. I couldn’t wait to read about his experience in his words and photos. He not only photographs well, but he creates images of his doings with delightful humor and perspective. We Skyped often, but the blog was still something new about what he was doing, somehow, and I looked forward to the posts as much as his calls.
For me, the blog is a sort of journal. When you get the idea or thought you get to write it out and post it and those who are interested can go to it as they please. But it is there. It is a piece of personal reality and mindfulness and adventure. It makes the social part of my world/our world a bit bigger. It offers us a place to share more than we would be able to do otherwise. I like that!
So I will send this out to all my friends on my e-mail list and invite any of you who are interested in the musings of others, to share in some of mine if you have the time and inclination. And with that thought, I will look through that list of growing topics in the “Musings” note cards in my filing system – somewhere between the “Language Practice” note cards and those for “Things I Want To Do When I Grow Up” note cards. I still (and will most probably always) love 3×5 file cards and have then stuffed into real notebooks, hoping one day I will convert completely to going electronic (maybe,) but for now it remains my working system – and I have made the leap to electronics and the cyber world in this blog. One small step for cyber-kind, one giant step for Kim!
Thanks for joining me.