It has taken several starts and stops (more stops than starts, as you might guess) to lead me here, to this one last beginning...to finally start to blog.
I have gleaned at least 100 blogs; reading, connecting, learning, and have lived vicariously through other's eyes and words. I have been touched, I have laughed, I have been thoughtful. Every day I l have looked forward to knowing those bloggers who became my favorites better, and I have been fortunate that they have been willing to share themselves with the unknown me.
I have been inspired by their honesty, realizing that they do not know what a profound effect they have had on me.
It has certainly been a slow start. Interest came first, then reading, then knowing. I started out leaving a message here - then another one there - and then several messages poured out.
But now I am ready to take the next step.
So, here I am. I will make mistakes, and I will have revelations. I will fret about commas, fuss about paragraphs, agonize over wording, and worry about revealing too much - or not enough.
I have decided it is time to come out of the ether-shadows. I have decided to stop lurking. I have decided that I, too, must start sharing a part of myself with them, if they are so inclined to know me. To uncover my foibles, my fantasies, my fascinations.
I am willing to be as honest as I can be, because I know that I want my inner voice to be heard. Even if it is into the black hole of cyber-space for awhile.
But, most importantly, I look forward to forging many wonderful cyber-friendships, and hope that I, too, can have a positive effect on someone else, as my favorite bloggers have had on me.
So, here's to you, dear bloggers. I am here and plan to stay awhile.