Why Be So Open?

I was rather surprised at how many people looked at my post about changing my medication and food patterns yesterday. If I were out to make money, I know what kind of stuff would work and what would not work (hint: self examination wins, plant pictures and book reports lose, unless an author tweets about your post, which did happen last week). But, I’ll just forge ahead and write about what interests me, and I’ll enjoy whoever tags along. This here blog is not intended to lead to fame and fortune, like some people’s are.

What about my PRIVACY? You ask?

I am open and honest about myself here on the ole blog, or at least I try to be. I know some folks who are not comfortable doing this, and I totally respect them. Maybe they have something they need to keep from their employers or family members, and I get that. Other people fear the nefarious spies lurking all over the internet just looking for information on them so they can do…something…with it. (I know some folks who have dealt with stalkers, and I get that, but I also know people who use some totally made-up name and obscure their location.)

I can’t resist sharing when random houseplants bloom, either.

As for me, well, my boss and family know all my stuff, and there are a couple of things I don’t talk about because THEY own their stuff, not me. So, whatever’s going on in my head won’t ruin my “career” (ha ha, I believe I have a series of avocations, some of which pay money). I do not intend to run for public office, so none of the dumb stuff I did in my twenties or forties will ruin those aspirations. And I believe in learning from mistakes, which requires a lot of introspection. I “introspect” by typing. So, here’s a blog full of that.

Some folks don’t want to share when they travel, but I don’t give a hoot. There’s always someone at both my houses, including dogs that can intimidate pretty darned well. And I have eagle-eyed neighbors.

My eagle-eyed neighbors will know from the box in the trash pickup that I got a new kitchen faucet, but HA, it’s not this one (it was the prettiest).

Other reasons to be open

I have read a lot of blogs and books by people who are exploring their inner lives, and wow, have I learned a lot from them. Some of those bloggers are in the blog roll at right (if you are reading on a computer). Others were from back in my knitting days, and I’ve lost them, but remember them fondly.

Since I learn a lot from other people’s thought processes, I want to give back, and maybe spark an idea in a reader that helps them in their lives (geez, I’ll never do THAT thing Suna did!).

Plus, it’s tool for myself. I post those vacation photos and lists of plants I see at the ranch for ME to remember what is going on at different times of the year and different places. I don’t have a paper journal of all these things, so I use the blog as a personal record. That’s often done. My spouse has a blog that only he can read that records his thoughts and fiction writing. I don’t even see it. He is a prolific writer but not a prolific share-er.

My cuteness is totally blog-worthy.

So, enjoy my dog pictures, plant pictures, book reports, ranch updates, and I guess recipes now (someone wants oyster dressing). If you aren’t interested, there is so much of interest to read out there…it’s fine. I’m grateful to all my fellow bloggers whose writing I enjoy, and encourage you to share thoughts this way, whether you just share with friends, share with the whole world, or write for your own enjoyment.

PS: Starting tomorrow I’m gonna be busy, busy, busy, so you might get short posts with photos of where I’m going. It’s my LAST trip until Christmas!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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