Through the (short) history of this blog, some crazy things have happened…an episode of plagiarism, (maybe more than one), a neutral post about western pleasure that turned into an (unpleasant) viral post about dressage, and several other things I didn’t really see coming. Of course, there have also been some really positive reactions, too. People have said thank you, and have suggested topics, and have made me feel like the thing is worthwhile. Which has been awesome.
I did find, however, that I’ve gotten slower and slower to write. Sometimes it’s because I get busy, like everyone else, but mostly I think it’s because I’ve gotten too concerned about people’s reactions, one way or the other. It’s a little like showing horses sometimes; it can become less about horses and more and comparison and who has the blingiest, most expensive whatsit, and the next thing you know (or 20 years later) it may not be all that fun. You might have to work at finding the fun sometimes. But people have to find that out on their own, and I sure don’t want to discourage others from taking that journey.
I initially started writing this blog because I like to write. Sometimes I’m not even sure how I feel about a particular topic until I think it through and write about it…which is part of what gets me in trouble on Facebook, I guess. Although I can get in trouble on Facebook for absolutely no reason at all. Different story. And honestly, sometimes when I write about something, I totally change my mind from what I thought it was I thought at the start. Quite a few posts have never seen the light of day for that very reason. Anyway, in addition I really want to try to help people consider and reconsider, and look at things from different perspectives. So, I’m getting back to it.
When I was younger, I thought that I might become a writer…and that never really left me. With the development of technology, and blogging, it became easier to develop things that people might actually read…which isn’t a requirement of writing, but sometimes its part of the fun, just as sometimes competition is part of the fun in showing horses. In order to really be a writer, you have to write…probably every day, by the looks of things. I mean, Steven King writes every day, and he appears to be doing ok.
It’s true about everything, really. In order to be a horseman, you have to work with horses on some level. In order to be a runner, you have to run. (Thankfully, you don’t have to run very fast…you just have to run. Take it from me.). In fact, in a few days I’m scheduled to run the Disney Half-Marathon, and my goal is to to finish before the finish line is taken down. That still makes me a runner. (Late Update…the race was canceled. Great fodder for my next post, if nothing else.)
You have to put yourself out there without concern for others’ reactions, whether they be good OR bad. So I’m getting out of my own box stall again…and writing. And heck, maybe I’ll try Zumba again.