Confession. This is actually not my first blog. I've attempted blogging before, but each blog has just fizzled out. Why, you ask? Well--
1. I didn't have a purpose in my previous blogs.
To be honest, none of my blogs had a theme or purpose. My college writing professor told us that if we started a blog, there must be an underlying theme. It's true! Every blog that I follow has a purpose. Those purposes range from fashion to family, from weddings to marriage, from food to travel, and on and on. This time around, I have a purpose and it's in the title. The Emerald Life.
2. I didn't have anything to write about.
That's because I didn't have a theme and because I thought my life was boring. Another confession. Our life was boring because we made it boring! Dan and I would go the same places, see the same things, and blah, blah, blah, booooring! Looking back, I obviously lived in a bubble because I'm realizing how much there is to do in this area of Florida.
3. I was scared of people's opinions.
I was (and still can be) a very insecure writer. In college, I majored in English. Rather than taking the literature classes like my English buddies, I took the writing classes that the writing majors were required to take. In my eyes, the writing majors were the standard. You can imagine my wounded heart getting C after C after C in my writing classes. Despite the fact that I have always loved to write since I was a child, in my mind, C's meant that writing was just not cut out for me. Basically, my pride was wounded. When it came to blogging, I would overanalyze everything: grammar, syntax, content, mood, and voice. I was so nervous that someone was going to judge me for have useless blog content and terrible syntax despite being an English major. It wasn't fun anymore.
I am human, so even if I majored in English, my grammar and usage may not be perfect, the content may stink, and everything about this blog may be wrong. Perfectionism is gone from my vocabulary. I've come to the realization that blogging doesn't have to be perfect.
I am overcoming this fear of other people's opinions by just putting myself out there. Dan has been great about the whole blogging thing and is extremely supportive. He's there when I need a picture taken, he'll give me some ideas, he'll help me with content-- he's just great! Also, when I started my blog's Facebook page, my mom commented:
My mom's comment made my day. That is all.
4. I stopped writing.
Because I was "too busy." Really, it was just an excuse. I'm learning now that I make time for what I want to make time for.
But I'm back and ready to face the world of blogging! Here are the reasons for this blog:
1. Like I said in point #2 above, I obviously lived in a bubble before this year and I think many of my friends have as well. I want to explore the area I'm living in and share those experiences with you. Even if you don't live near me, I hope that my blog encourages you to explore the area you're living in. Branch out. It's fun, trust me! And if it's not, at least it makes for a good story, right?
2. I keep up with a lot of my out-of-state and out-of-country family and friends via Facebook. However, social media is so impersonal. If my family and friends want to know about my life, they can now they can read my blog.
3. I may have stopped writing for a season, but now I'm back! I want to keep writing because it's what I love to do. My writing professor told us that she didn't ever want to hear about us "wasting our majors" by "not writing." Well, if you're reading this Miss E., I'm writing! Hope this makes you proud. :-)