I spend a lot of time talking, to the point you would think I love the sound of my own voice. It might be because I hate awkward silence, or it might be because I love information, receiving and giving. I seem to have something to say about everything, some good, some not so much. I’m not always right, but I try to be accurate, and while I don’t like being wrong, I accept that I sometimes am. That being said, I apparently like the idea of my words getting out even more than the sound of my own voice, because I have come here to add my voiceless words to the net.
Now, I didn’t just wake up this morning and decide, “hey, I’m just going to make a blog.” Okay, that wasn’t the entirety of the decision, anyhow. I’ve long considered this, and for an even longer time have had thoughts of a newsletter or something along those lines. Unfortunately, at least for me, I have never felt I had enough to say of importance to warrant any form of regular writing, especially of the non-fiction manner. All that, however, has been changing rapidly for me recently.
I think one of the first things that occurred in this process was finding like minded people to talk to, people who understood me when I spoke. This was likely the single most transformative aspect of returning to school to get a degree. I no longer felt alone in this world, and realized that there were people who wanted to hear what I had to say. From there, I began communicating more, even public speaking became a norm for me.
More recently there have been some significant events that have lead me to this point, the first was catching the “journalism bug.” After working at the school newspaper for a bit as the office manager, I had written a few, small articles on some basic happenings around campus, nothing exciting. Then I had a chance to cover the recent tornadoes that destroyed much of central Oklahoma. Between the photojournalism involved in that, and actually getting the story out, I was hooked to the point that I have even changed my major to communications.
Even more recently, returning from a conference in Oklahoma City, I rode back with someone I had not previously known, an acquaintance of an acquaintance, so to speak. This gave me a new opportunity to talk to someone and disseminate information stored in my head for whatever reason. During this discussion, this women that I was talking with had asked me if I had a blog. Upon learning I did not, she made the suggestion, and was completely serious about it. So for the past several weeks, between exams and deadlines, I’ve mulled the idea around in my head. I’ve also considered doing some freelance writing for some various newsletters and pages.
Today, after a second night of decent sleep in a row, I made the decision to look further into the idea of blogging, which is what has brought me here. So, if you are still reading this, don’t worry, it should get better.
While this first posting seems to be little more than a floundering at how I’ve gotten here, I felt it important to lay some groundwork to help any readers understand what has brought the page to fruition. Content will develop as time passes, but for now, it will be ideas that I find interesting and want to share with others, and I am sure it will evolve over time.