Goal: Start Blogging…2017 edition

So…I’ve never been very good at blogging.

You’d think blogging would be something I’d be good at, since I journal on an almost daily basis and I used to be a journalist. So why the hesitancy?

Because when I was in college, studying journalism back in the mid-2000s, blogging was just starting to be a thing. One of my teachers had each of us start a blog on a niche subject and we had to post every Monday. (Those are my Synesthetic Media posts.) That assignment was fun.

But, aside from that one teacher, all my other teachers had an attitude of suspicion around, so-called, “New Media”…i.e., the Internet.

(Now that I think of it, these old teachers used to also lift their noses at Radio and TV. They just didn’t grok these newfangled technologies and they resented being pressured to learn something new when they were oh-so-close to retirement.)

Maybe I inherited their curmudgeonly attitude.

Maybe it was stage fright. (You mean once I hit “Publish,” the whole WORLD can see it? Yikes! What if I have spinach in my teeth!)

Maybe it was low self-esteem. (Even though I had something to say, I feared no one would want to hear it.)

Maybe I was suffering from perfectionism, which caused me to strangle the life out of everything I wrote in order to protect myself from anyone pointing out a mistake.

But it has been over 10 years since I was first made aware of blogging as a form. I’ve read many blogs over the last decade. I’m determined to give it another try.

About E.S.O. Martin

E.S.O. Martin is a writer, a California native, and a graduate of SF State's Creative Writing MFA program.
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