Why?

Why finally give in and start a blog?

When I read my first blog, in 1995, I thought the fact that this kid was putting all his personal info- his diary!- out there for all to see, the craziest thing I had ever heard of. I mocked him for it. I am clearly not ahead of my time.

When I was an avid knitter and crafter, I did not succumb to the knitting blogs. I had craftster.com and ravelry.com. I read blogs, sporadically, but I could not imagine that others  out there cared enough about my twisted yoke, or my cabled scarf, to write about it- constantly.

I have, till now, resisted a running blog, using facebook posts instead to advertise my exploits- “yay me, I ran 10 miles today” and likewise. Must be fun for my non-running friends getting a slower- and perfectly acceptable- start to their weekend, to read this over their coffee. I apologize. This probably won’t stop, but I’m aware it must be irritating.

What did change my mind, was the decision to take a photo a day, inspired by this Flickr thread- http://www.flickr.com/groups/project_365/. I took a college photo class, years ago, and we were required to take a self portrait each day. Having to do this inspired an honesty in my shooting that was hard to face at the time : It highlighted how unhappy and uninspired I was that first year of school in middle of nowhere CT. But it was good for me and an excellent exercise. I’d also like to work on writing, something I’m coming back to after doing it on the side, too far on the side, for too long.

So… start a blog where I take a photo a day and write some words about it?… Great idea.!! At least I hope so. And while I’m at it, might as well meld in a running and knitting blog too. No fad is fully succumbed to, unless it’s succumbed to fully- at least that’s my excuse.

Do I actually think anyone will read this, or care? Probably not. But it will push me to put something out there- even a little something- every day. If you do stumble upon this and find it pompous and stupid- I don’t blame you. Forgive me my transgressions, it was a hard fad to resist. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting you through the “blogosphere”. Perhaps I’ll run into my old college computer science friend; I can tell him he was right; It did catch on…

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