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The joys of blogging

A neighbor approached me after school yesterday and began the conversation with “I was reading your blog…” I can’t help but cringe when I hear this, thinking okay, what did I write that pissed someone off? Lately, though, the feedback is positive and I’m pleasantly surprised at how many folks agree with what I’ve written. In my neighbor’s case, she was excited to read about the Little Raleigh Radio project and wanted to find out more.

This morning I discovered the budding blog of an old friend of mine, Deidre Armstrong. Deidre and I were pals in our high school journalism class. Our lockers were also near each other’s. I even took her out on a date once, though we mutually agreed that staying friends was best.

Deidre is just beginning her blogging journey at a time when many are letting it go in favor of shorter formats like Twitter and Facebook. Blogs are quite different but far more personal in my experience. It can sometimes be painful to let it all hang out here but quite frequently it can be immensely rewarding. Knowing that people value my voice is what keeps me pecking away with new entries. Well, that and knowing that I’m a sure bet for Alzheimer’s some day . . .

I knew Deidre as an excellent writer 25 years ago in high school and I’m pleased to say she still has it. Welcome to blogging, my friend. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.