I have a weird relationship with social media.
If you have ever seen me comment on someone’s post or make a post of my own, congratulations! You’ve found a rare thing. Enjoy it while you can, because you probably won’t see another one for a while.
Getting my own thoughts out of my head and onto any kind of tangible surface is a challenge for me. Any time you see something I’ve written or said, chances are I’ve run it through my head at least twelve times, looking for just the right words. That conversation we had the other day? I’ve likely spent some time thinking about what I said, how I said it, if it made sense, how you might have reacted, and everything I did wrong. In fact, I’ve probably spent half an hour just writing what you’ve read up to this point. If you’re reading this at all, that means I managed to talk myself into clicking that “Publish” button, instead of rewriting for the millionth time only to talk myself out of saying anything.
Despite this, I’ve had a constant (but fairly silent) presence on social media for about a decade, mainly on Twitter. I suppose the short-form style of the tweet has always appealed to me. Fitting your thought into 280 characters forces you to keep things short, which I tend to do naturally. Even so, most of my social media use tends to be “lurking”, or seeing what other people are up to without adding anything to the conversation myself.
So why am I going to try blogging on this website, where’s there is no character limit? I have no idea.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. I know I want to have a proper home for my creative endeavors. A single place I can share with others and everything is there. Also, I’d like to share not only stuff I’ve made, but also the process that went into making it. There’s only so much you can put into a social media post before people lose interest (myself included). I think a site like this is better suited for stuff like that. Another reason is that I’ve always thought having a “blog” like this would help me with getting my thoughts out of my head. It’s not easy right now, but it’ll probably get easier as I do it more.
And that’s the thing: I need to do it or nothing will happen. I’ve lost count of the projects I thought would be nifty to do, but never started because I thought about it too much. Don’t get me wrong – thinking before you leap is good, but you won’t ever get anywhere if you don’t leap at some point.
So here it is. It’s a work-in-progress, but it’s a start. And that’s something I can be proud of.