My friend Zanne wrote this post recently. I sat there reading her blog when these two paragraphs jumped out at me.
“but the truth is–i more often think about writing than i actually write. way more often. i’ve written three-quarters of an essay/article that might actually be good enough to publish–maybe–but i haven’t finished–because i’m still thinking about it. i have a poem that i’ve been working on, as i put it, for a year. i think. and there’s the afore-mentioned book, which right now would qualify more as scraps.
Me too! Me too! For every post I write there’s at least 5 or 6 more floating around in my brain. Some of them are just snippets, some are long monologues. A few make it into future posts but most just linger in my thoughts. I started thinking about why I don’t post more often. Sometimes I think I’m just too lazy or I tell myself I’ll do it later and later never comes. Other times I think I’m afraid to really write down what goes on in my head for fear that other people will judge me. And then there are other times that I think no one would be interested in my brilliant thoughts (because, yes, they are brilliant) or the last conversation with my kiddos.
So then why do the posts I write get written? Because I’m bored. Because I want to share what my kids did that made me laugh. Because I want to connect with my friends. Because I want to record my life for my kids to read some day. Because I’m in the mood to write. Because I want to know that I’m not alone in my thoughts.
And then there’s this other blog. The one that I use more as a diary for therapy. Long ago it started out as my first blog but it quickly became very personal and was – is – a venue for me to think things out. Why do I even mention it? It contains my best writing. I know I don’t have an audience so I am free to write. I hope that some day when it isn’t all so close to my heart I can share it and hopefully someone that reads it will say “I’m not alone.”