It shouldn’t be a surprise that this blog is all about me: my life, my opinions, my interests, my lists! I hope I have enough of a voice and a presence that readers can figure out what I think on any given issue. If clues are required, I have an About page! I think I have a consistent point of view in most areas: professional, political, social, religious, personal and so on.
Can you guess (or remember) my thoughts on the following?
- Do I aspire to be vegan?
- What status symbols do I own and/or show off?
- Am I a church goer?
- Would I have voted for the UK to leave or remain in the EU – if I were eligible to vote?
- I use “they” as a singular personal pronoun. True or False?
If I learn that most of my readers can’t answer these questions, I will need to write much, much more about myself!
The way I see it, people start blogs mainly to share their expertise with others, to keep a record of their lives and share it with others, and to be part of an online community of like-minded thinkers. Once upon a time, blogs were created to make money, but I expect that’s history!
I have chosen to almost never address my audience as “you.” Whenever I use that word, I feel I am directing someone or making assumptions, whether it’s “You might think” or “First you do this and then you do that.” So I just say what I think or what I might do and the rest is up to the reader. I can see how this seems self-centred because I am constantly talking about me, me, me! But I am not telling you, you, you what to do because I have no particular expertise!
I suppose there is something deeply self-confident (arrogant?) about writing a blog because I am imagining I have readers, which seems to be the case 🙂 and that I will get a response, which I truly appreciate. If that weren’t working for me, I’d probably still be writing a private journal as I did when I was a teenager. I prefer being in this community instead!
So thank you everybody for still being here (especially after my 3-week blogging break this month) and I hope I will get some constructive feedback if I come across as totally full of myself 🙂