Who, me?

I guess the major deterrent to my blogging was my identity. I wasn’t sure whether I wanted the people that were close to me to know that I was actively writing. After all, being that close to me, they were bound to crop up in my blog in one form or the other. And I could not guarantee that they would always be depicted in a favourable light. Or what if I expressed a strong opinion not even I was aware I held till I started writing, an opinion that was in direct contravention to the one they had always thought I held? What then? So as much as I wanted to write, I had these thoughts.

Every writer longs to be published in some form or manner. this is a belief I hold on to firmly. This publication can take many forms. A suitor pouring out his deepest thoughts in a letter to his beloved has been published, this happens the instant his missive is read by the object of his affections. A child that writes an essay at school and then comes home to read it to her parents has been published, albeit in an oral form. An obsessive keeper of journals or diaries nurses the hope that one day they would be read by eyes other than that of the writer, otherwise why not just use disappearing/invisible ink and be done with it?  You get the gist.

I read comments by a couple of people who were discussing blogs, and they both mentioned bloggers  having a ‘niche’. I don’t know what my niche is, maybe because I’m just a newbie at this blogging lark, but if you my reader have an idea of what it is or should be, I’d be very pleased to read your comments. Anyways, it is obvious I’m writing now. If I wasn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this, would you? To you, I’m justjoxy. You don’t know me, but again, maybe you do.

I’m pleased I’ve been able to write three times in four days, and I would love to share this news with my friends, but how do I do that? Do I casually mention having read this interesting blog by a new blogger named justjoxy? And then in the same breath ask them to email every one of their contacts with my web address? Wouldn’t they wonder why I was so enthusiastic about someone I didn’t know? I have been mulling over some things in the past few years, some of them controversial. I would like to know what you, my readers, think too.  So please leave a comment, don’t hold back :).

I will ask Vera how she started out. I am sure she will tell me. After I have explained to her how I have read her blogs faithfully for the last six or so months, and have still not gotten round to posting even one teensy weensy comment. Or I could just be upfront and tell my friends that I am now a soon to be established blogger. And yes, that article was a thinly veiled reference to what I really think about them, their hairdo, their clothes or a combination of all of the above. Which leaves me to wonder how many friends I would be left with.

It’s pretty late, and I’m off to bed now.

To be continued……………….


About Joxy

When I'm not cooking or thinking about cooking, then I'm writing, or thinking about writing. I love misdirection....nothing is ever what it seems!
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7 Responses to Who, me?

  1. That is the blessing of having a public journal. It gives one the opportunity to be true to oneself and to others. You are finally free not only to have an opinion but to stand by it regardless of how it would make others feel. The friends that remain after they’ve discovered the real you will be the real friends.
    I also think that life is too short (and too busy) to be cluttered by the annoying sounds of “what will they think”.
    On the flipside, I agree, there are somethings you just can’t say, drat. Take my Mother In Law for example….

    • justjoxy says:

      This quote sprang to mind. 🙂

      To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
      William Shakespeare

  2. E-hen! Na in we dey talk!

  3. This a conundrum for any writer. I guess you have to determine what’s more important to you. Getting published or hurting people’s feelings.

    The Shakespeare quote captures my sentiments succinctly.

    Go with your heart but just keep writing!

  4. justjoxy says:

    I hear you. Write I will.

  5. Nike says:

    I have the same thoughts, haven only just started to blog but I have journalled for a long time in my adult life and it has helped my relationship with God develop, so I know this too can only get my friendships better. I have no worries about what anyone thinks though as I am liberal enough to not begrudge anyone their opinion, it has to be valid and reasonable for it to matter to me…..nkan to ba wu elenu lo le fi enu e so……I started at the beginning as you see…..

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