Putting it on Paper

It feels like time to build out a personal blog—a space where I can comingle my various efforts and experiences into a personalized compendium.

I’ve had this blog address for awhile and use it for ‘liking’ and commenting posts or articles. Occasionally, between and around day jobs, I work in the writing community. It is in this way that I have become immersed in the world of writing (made available by the Internet). After some time approaching that world in this way, it seems appropriate—expected even, in today’s communications climate—that I should take another step in a different direction . . . a more personalized approach.

So let me disclose that you will see topics here about writing, about life experience, and about literary interests. There will be food and drink—mostly food, mostly savory. Nothing too confounding, really. Know that I am not passionate about my own personal blogging, while I gather that one need be. Maybe it’s true. Maybe I will quit this the way that I quit anything that doesn’t add value or love to my life, considering that the main goal is always keeping a roof overhead and healthy food on the table. Side items are always limited.

I don’t comment on all things about which I have an opinion, so I doubt this will turn into the website of a political hobbyist. I do enjoy reading and love to discuss stories and events. I am one of those people who loves to post what I am reading and finding others who enjoy the same things. Yet, I am apparently not a book club sort of person. (What is it about book clubs that the picks aren’t usually anything you want to read at the moment?) While I have always loved the idea of a book club, I have never found one with a list or process that motivates me to attend. Maybe it’s that side-item limitation affecting me: essentially, time constraint.

I enjoy writing and, despite what they say about needing to read a lot to write at all, I find that my reading has largely turned into my writing . . . especially playing with words and meaning in the form of poetry, or song. I believe that this kind of activity is beneficial for our minds, our self-awareness, and our general health. I will delve into this as well, the experiences I’ve appreciated regarding access to books and learning, and how life is affected by access and limitation—like, the slow realization that dawned on me during formative years that writing was a personal pastime, as I increasingly noticed that friends weren’t writing.

In truth, I felt a bit isolated as I came to know that there was a fundamentally different thing I was doing to pass my time than what friends were doing. In comparison to friends and acquaintances in a small rural town, I was quite sheltered. So, it’s not that the people I spent time with couldn’t or wouldn’t have been interested in writing as a way to pass the time (or whatever interests writers in writing). It’s only that they tended to have other activities outside the home (more on this later), while I had more hours to occupy of my own accord.

Finally, expect the design here to change and please don’t be put off by it or think you’ve come to the wrong place. It’ll take some time for me to settle into a seamless ‘look’ around here, having no plan for this.

Still, it’s important to have a starting point for any web site or blog, a way for readers to understand what to expect, hence this introduction. But remember, this is simply a personal space—destined to be unruly and spontaneous. If you like that sort of thing, then I hope you’ll connect, so that we can share new posts and feedback.

Thank you for your time, and enjoy the rest of your day-

Angela T.

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Further Reading:

I mentioned the term political hobbyist. What is a “political hobbyist”, and what does political hobbyism mean for politics? Check out: “College-educated voters are ruining American Politics“, by Eitan Hersh.

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