“In the beginning” was not that long ago for me. No, I wasn’t born yesterday, literally. And I didn’t just begin to write. I have always been fascinated with the power of the written word, which can not only provide conduit for a convincing argument, but can transport a person to places he or she may never visit. I have never wanted to be only a spectator in this world of words; no, I wanted to create my own worlds…worlds which otherwise only exist in my mind.
But the prompt here was about the origins of my blog, which only began in May this year. I happened to be Salsa dancing on a Sunday in a virtual world* called InWorldz, when I friend of mine from Sweden told me about a blog she writes. I thought that might be fun, and it might give me a reason to write more, and to put myself out there. I can’t remember what made me think about Tumblr, but I looked up that site and signed up there. Shortly thereafter it occurred to me that Tumblr was not really what I was looking for…it was not really writing-specific enough. When I found out that WordPress had writing challenges and prompts, I thought that might be for me. And so far it has been. What I was not really prepared for was the sheer amount of writing that goes on here. Every day there is a prompt, and nearly 100 people answer the call! That amazes me. There is no way I can keep up with that. There are whole weeks when I do not submit anything, but I still sometimes sneak a peek at others’ blogs. And when I have both the luxury of time and spark of creativity, I am glad there is a place where I can go to try something out.
One thing that I did not anticipate is the potential for bonds between people who write here. But that makes sense, too. You can’t help but get to know the people who write about their lives. And who couldn’t use another friend or two?
*(A side note on virtual worlds: these are also places where friendships form among people from all over the world. In fact, I met my second and current wife there, over 4 years ago. Someday I may blog about that. I spend most of my virtual world time in Second Life, and I can be found in both Second Life and in InWorldz as the avatar Cinnaron Criss. Feel free to drop by and say ‘hi’ sometime.)