Blogging For Noobs
Originally posted 7/21/2010
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I’ve created a blog.
You’re at it. I don’t know why I’m doing it. I like to write and I like to share (too much!), so there’s that. Some people I know have blogs, and I like reading those. Maybe if I have something to say, somebody will read it.
A billion personal blogs are floating around out there taking up valuable(?) internet real estate, and I realize this is very 2001 of me. I have had personal blogs since then and earlier, in fact, and looking back on the content of those now, I shudder with embarrassment. So…er… why not??! Let me record my daily goings-on in a memorable and accessible central location. If nobody reads it, at least my mom will read it. Hi Mom!
While embarrassment and shame are the strongest emotions that come out of reading old blogs of mine, there’s also something to be said about nostalgia, and I do enjoy keeping records. I just like knowing what I was thinking at a certain point in time, even if it makes me think, “What was I thinking???”
Drake (my IT-guy boyfriend) and I had a charming brainstorm session while sitting in bed at 9:00 last night. I’d like a blog; what can I name my blog, I’d say, and he’d say things like “Kerry On Baggage” which wouldn’t work at all. Kerry off, Kerry out, Kerry around. I did say I wish “Kerry On” weren’t taken, but it is. Because that’s what this will be, right? Me: On things. And although it will likely be about all my baggage and “Kerry On Baggage” would not not be apropos, let’s make this positive!
“Kerry Off” was another option. I’m a little off, right? Plus the notion of being able to carry something off is a good one. So I looked it up on the ol’ internet, and “carry off” is listed with two definitions: one, to handle successfully (alright, cool!); two, to cause death by disease. Red light, stop there.
So after thinking through several play-on-my-name-based idioms, I decided on Kerry Forward. Carry forward: make progress; advance. See also “carry on.”
Plus, Drake said this is a venue in which I’ll be “forward,” and that makes sense, too. The definitions of “forward” that I like are these:
-strongly inclined: ready.
-lacking modesty or reserve: brash.
-notably advanced or developed: precocious.
-moving, tending, or leading toward a position in front.
-advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered progress.
-of, relating to, or getting ready for the future.
If I were to predict what I’ll be writing about, in accordance with blogs gone by, I’d say it’ll be relationships, weight loss, food, work, and pop culture. But that’s just a guess. The point is, I’ll be writing. That makes me feel good. And that’s reason enough to do anything, right? Ha!
I have concerns about privacy vs. publicity, and how “forward” I can really be in a setting like this, and who might see what and think what. But I don’t want to censor myself, because where’s the catharsis in that?
Fittingly, as my IT-guy boyfriend, Drake cutely and graciously purchased my domain name. My very own! He’s hosting this blog for me, too, on his web thingy (that’s the technical term), for which I’m grateful. You may say he’s enabling me to make public the drivel that takes place in my mind. I’m cool with that. And away we go!