Wednesday, November 30, 2011
the road goes ever on and on...
My very first post on this blog told a grand number of zero readers why my blog was called such a contradictory thing as Unoriginal Originality. I've gone back and read that post (does anyone else read their past writings when they're bored or procrastinating?) and you know what I think? I think it's cute. Not in a bad or belittling way, of course. But it was a first step--a plunge into something I didn't even know the vastness of. It was a beginning, and like many beginnings, we may not know where we're headed at first, not until we have actually walked some of the road.
So here I am, on UO's one year anniversary--365 days down that road. It makes me ask myself, Where am I headed?
There are so many darling and wonderful blogs out there, but what do I want for mine? When I thought about it, I realized there were three things that I could make UO's focus.
And I came to the realization that in all honesty, I want this little mode of expression to be primarily for the latter--my thoughts. Certainly it has my life mixed in; I can't separate myself from reality. But I don't want it to look like my journal did up until I was eleven or twelve: This is what I did today...
No, I wanted it to be my thoughts on life. I can tell anyone about my day, but it is in writing that I most often express my emotions and dreams. Likewise, you have seen and will continue to see much of my growing photography, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Entering this world of blogging has inspired me to progress in my photography more than any one thing has. But I don't want photos to take the place of words. I want them to compliment my thoughts, to illustrate my imagination.
Ever since I came to that conclusion about what I wanted the focus of my blog to be, I've tried to keep that in mind, whenever I write. I have a journal to dump about the deep dark dealings of my brain; I have an alternate reality to relive the high and flying colors of my heart. I want UO to be the best of both. Not so you think I'm perfect--I'm not, and I don't like anyone who pretends to be--but because it is a place to focus on the positive, rather than needlessly reiterating the nitty gritty details that in the end aren't worth it. It's a place to gather inspiration.
Yes, by that, I mean inspiration from each and every one of you lovely people who are reading this. I love you. You've made this journey worth it.
Also, you all are pretty good at age-guessing. I think I've kept you hanging long enough, so I'll tell you. Most of you guessed that I recently turned somewhere between 15 and 17, though the extremes were 14 and 28 (both from people I know personally, obviously--one being my sister). Well, I'm seventeen. So now you know.
So here I am. On this grand adventure and loving it. One year down this path and the road goes ever on and on (okay, Lord of the Rings reference, anyone?).
It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that you all are along for the ride.