Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New thing #1: My Blog

When I was a freshman in high school, I started a journal. I wrote pages of teenage drama about the boredom of living in a small town, the frustrations of feeling like an only child with 7 parents, and the unfairness of my life because I longed for a boy who loved another girl. I carried the journal around with me in case inspiration struck. But one day at school, disaster struck instead, when a teacher with a propensity for pop quizzes made us clear off our desks. The journal slid under my chair, and I walked out of class without it. A few days later, a friend spotted it making the rounds - girls reading it during Trigonometry or study hall and then passing it on to their friends. The only saving grace was that I never identified myself in the journal. Thus began my motto "If it's personal, don't write it down" (along with the obvious 'don't take pictures' and 'never ever videotape').

Today we have the internet and this thing called blogging, "a frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links". Well there you go. My short-lived journal never had a Web link. So now I've officially created my first Blog, which I'll use to track new experiences. Occasionally I'll link them to my Facebook account. (Yes, I realize that FB is basically a blog, but it's not the same. Since this is MY list of new things, I get to quantify.)

This time I'm looking forward to sharing my personal journal. Partly because I've learned to focus on the positive things in life. And partly because I realize if you don't care what I have to say, you're probably not reading this anyway. Unless you're wasting time in study hall.


  1. I find it interesting that you started journaling in high school and I can really relate to that because I also had started a journal in high school. At home I had 3 sisters and 2 brothers so privacy was sacred and scarce. I was also considered the "odd duck" in the family so I really didn't have anyone to relate to, so I journaled. I was so afraid that someone would find my journal that I ended up destroying it, so when I read that your journal was being read by others hit a sensitive cord.

    I've been inspired by your facebook page with what you've been doing. I'm enjoying that you are experiencing life with eyes wide open and with excitement. Life was meant to be lived. We should arrive at our graves saying "WOW! What a RIDE!" instead of wasting it by just existing. There is SO MUCH out there to ENJOY!!

    I commend you on starting your blog and which inspires me to start one myself - I've been contemplating it for some time now. I look forward to your posts and what you will blog about.

    Your friend,


  2. I love that you're doing this! And I'm now following you :)

  3. Jess,

    I just found your blog via The Oakland Press and love it.
    Great idea!
    Keep it up,