When I started blogging back in 2000, I never felt the pressure of making it perfect. And then as my career evolved — from professional journalist to a blogger to a founder of a blog-based media company, the pressure to get it right every single time started to make it difficult to blog. I began to post “pieces” and forgot that blogging for me is nothing more than “thinking out loud.” I will be wrong, dumb and sometimes unusual, along the way. And that is my objective for 2019.
Back when I first started blogging, my friends and I used platforms like Blogspot, LiveJournal, and TypePad to document our daily and weekly lives. It was all very journal-y, but I still get a kick out of going back to my old blog posts every once in while. There are things written down that I only have memories of because I wrote them down. Otherwise, those small moments of teenage life would have been simply lost. One day, they’ll likely be lost anyway, and perhaps there are valid reasons for wanting to forget those times.
Anyway, I digress. Every time I publish a blog post now, it feels a little like it used to feel. I’ve taken some of the pressure off of myself to write long, drawn out posts, and the cdbaca.org space has just become something I enjoy keeping up with. I always, always wish I was writing more, because this is ultimately my method of “thinking out loud” about whatever is rattling around in my brain.