Saturday, August 28, 2010

Taking the Plunge

Starting a blog feels a bit like when I was a kid and would stand at the end of the high diving board staring down at the water below me. Fear and anticipation mixed in a way that left my stomach feeling queasy and my heart racing. The longer I stood looking down the more intense those feelings got. Some days the feelings won out and I would turn around, walk the length of the diving board and climb back down the ladder in a moment of childhood shame. Other days I would conquer my fear and take the plunge, realizing after the fact that it wasn't so bad after all. Well, except for the times I didn't land quite right and water would go rushing up my nose, creating a chain reaction of coughing, gagging and tears that, by comparison, made any previous retreats from the diving board look like outright acts of courage.

So, here I am, standing on the edge of the blogging world with that same uneasy feeling. Will I make a successful attempt at getting my thoughts written out for others to read? Will I hit the publish button, only to realize a week later that my post was riddled with misspellings and/or grammatical errors. Its or it's. Their or there. Lay or lie (my personal nemesis by the way!). Will I have anything to say that would keep a reader coming back? Which leads to another question. How does one go about getting a reader?

So here I am, stepping out to the edge of the blogging world and my comfort zone, ready to take the plunge.


  1. Welcome into the water! Getting the first reader is the hardest. Although, to be honest, I'm not sure why anyone reads my blog. I suspect it may just be a result of my enthusiasm for commenting...and falling in with a good crowd.

  2. I'm almost as excited as Rebekah!!! Welcome! The water is just fine! I regularly question why I blog and if I should continue, but then I stop thinking about it and just do it! Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

  3. We should have talked longer the other day! You kept this a secret! I look forward to "keeping in touch" through this new avenue.

  4. Welcome! This is exciting. Do you know how to post are an essential.