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Creative freedom

I‘ve only just got started… in fact, I really haven’t said very much at all… but already I feel a real sense of freedom being here, writing for an unknown audience (which may well consist of no one!). There’s a big difference between writing with the knowledge that anyone can read what I have to say, and keeping myself locked up in a “Friends Only” journal writing for people who already know (or at least think they know) me. You’d think I’d feel more hampered, knowing that total strangers could stumble upon my blog… that I’d feel safer with my old ways, surrounded by people who have been a part of my life for years. But, no. Here I’m not limited by the nagging feeling that I need to be polite, or couch what I have to say in inoffensive terms, because I don’t want to hurt or upset the people I care about. Here I don’t feel as though I have to perform, to be what I think people expect me to be. Here I have no idea who is (or isn’t) reading me, so it’s of no concern to me how they feel about what I have to say. Here I don’t have to worry that someone is going to flounce off in a passive-aggressive, silent “unfriending” huff, leaving me to wonder what I said or did to drive them away… if someone flounces off here, I’ll never know it, and I’ll never care.

So, though I’m only getting started, and I’ve no idea where this will take me, I’m must say that I’m glad to be here.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Paula Plays August 18, 2009

    I'm reading! 😉 I love how you expressed this. I completely get it. I loved LJ and my private journal there, but it had many drawbacks as well. I always wondered if anyone was truly able to get to know "me" through it … in the end I think it didn't accomplish what I hoped, and that was close friendships. Somehow, it more often than not messed them up. If this new venue frees you up to really be YOU and to utilize your talent for writing then it has to be a good thing.

  • softdrink August 18, 2009

    Hey, long time no see (read?)! Thanks for finding me on twitter…and off to add you to my Google Reader. 🙂
    Jill (aka softdrink aka fizzybeverage)

  • Dawn August 18, 2009

    Thanks so much, Paula! You hit the nail on the head… I'm glad you understand.

    So great to run into you again, Jill! Saw a link to your blog on Ren's bloglist and had to add you to my own. Looking forward to catching up with you!

  • Antof9 September 9, 2009

    It is interesting to me that so many people on LJ write solely for a closed group. Since I never viewed blogging as a private thing (if I wanted to do that, I'd write it in my paper journal, which actually is private), I didn't fall into that trap. I think 🙂

    Glad you feel freedom here!

  • Laurel Regan September 13, 2009

    Thanks for your comment, Ant! I guess I never thought of LJ as blogging, so much as one level up from private journaling – sort of a "controlled" journal… probably because LJ lends itself to that by allowing such extreme customization re. filters etc. Moving over here and knowing that anyone can read what I write? Now THAT's bloging! 😉

  • Laurel Regan September 13, 2009

    LOL, or "blogging" even. Yes, I *can* spell… it's early. 😉


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