Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Do You Practice What You Preach?

Someone said to me today "You need a blog." Although it had crossed my mind occasionally, it was nothing I gave serious thought to. Why? For several reasons: 1.) Who in the world would actually be interested in what I have to say and actually gain something from it?; 2.) Why put myself out there so that others can pass judgement and/or contradict my views?; and most importantly, 3.) What about my writing ability? I have never had a lot of faith in my writing abilities...never felt that I inherited my father's creative writing gene. Writing, to me is so intimate. Even if it's not about your deepest emotions, it's still a little part of your soul, spilled out on paper (or shall I say spilled out on the web).

I have always kept my writing to myself. I recall having to safeguard my childhood diary from my older brother, who would always try to sneak a peak every chance he got. While I find value and appreciation in writing and recognize that it is vital for my growth - I still remain skeptical of my talent as a writer.

That being said, the reality is that I haven't embraced blogging all together with open arms - yet I have chosen a career path in which I will teach and encourage other to blog. How can I preach what I don't practice?

Come out of my shell? I thought I already had...but maybe I'm just now beginning to...

So, I would like to thank the person who said to me today, "You need a blog." You have inspired me !