Friday, January 2, 2009

The Written Word

Say it straight, simple and with a smile.
~ Yogi Bhajan


Writing on a public blog is has an interesting dynamic. There are people reading your posts who don't know you personally and then there are your friends and family. You are constantly tip toeing around what you write and how you write it so as not to offend, give away too much personal information, air dirty laundry, stay true to yourself all while trying to be interesting.

What I have found is that what people read they internalize ... How does my life relate to theirs? Has what has happened to me happened to them? Do they know someone that is going through what I am going through? Can they commiserate with me? Does what I describe strike a chord? Have I mentioned something casually that actually makes them self conscious about their own behavior? Every reader takes away something different than the reader before them. This leaves what I write open for a lot of interpretation. I have been praised, thanked, criticized and accused of airing dirty laundry. What I write is real and from my heart, but it does not include all of the details ... those I keep for myself.

So this year I will continue to express my self in the best way I know how. If you love what I write, if you connect with my experiences, if my words inspired you then I have done much much more than I ever expected I would do with my little blog. What I write is for me to heal, discover and grow into the woman and mother I want to be.

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15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, hon - may you grow in ways you never imagined in '09!

    I've tagged you for a quick photo meme. Will you play along?

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  2. Your words are so powerful and true. Your writing has just gotten better and better since we met and I'm so proud of you for being true to yourself. You haven't let those people who attack and criticize get to you and I admire that.

    xo

    '09 - It's our year babe.

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  3. Stellar post as always!

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  4. Loved.. LOVED this post..and the picture to go along with it..

    Here's to a wonderful 2009!! I cannot wait to see how you continue to grow.

    I am thankful to have found your blog..

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  5. It's like you're in my head ;) xoxo

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  6. I absolutely love your blog. 2009 is going to bring peace to both of us.

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  7. I had a hard time reading while looking at that picture. What were you saying?

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  8. The Dirty Old Man in me wants to say something about that lovely picture, but I won't. What I will say is you've written a lovely and intelligent post. I am so glad I've found you.

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  9. Oh wow, I love that you have a very clear idea of why you blog, and who you write for (you!). I find that sometimes it's hard to find the balance between writing for yourself, for strangers and for the people you know and love.

    Is it odd that I find it easier to blog about the more intimate details of my life when I think of the strangers reading my posts, rather than my friends and family?

    Cheers for the post, hey. It's nice to read about what other bloggers think about blogging. :)

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  10. Loved this.

    Happy New Year!

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  11. Ditto, great post. Looking forward to your 2009 written words. Have a great year!

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  12. Simply beautiful! I can't wait to see what your writing grows into this year!

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  13. What a great post. Happy New Year!

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  14. Very well said. Keep being you and thank you for being real. XO

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