Friday, January 14, 2011

Love of Writing + Instant Publishing Gratification = Nikki Has a Blog

I know I'm showing up incredibly late to this party. Blogging has been around for what seems like forever now, and I'm sure there are 5 million better than mine. But, whatever. I was inspired by my  dear friend Charlotte's blog to foray into this corner of the digital universe. I will feature a link to her blog here as soon as I get her approval (and figure out how to add the link)...

As the title indicates, you're dealing with an exceptionally compulsive person. Decisions are made in nano-seconds, and plans immediately begin to formulate. I did not read directions, forums, or wikis on how to start a blog. I googled 'start a blog' and clicked the first link. I'll figure it out along the way. I probably won't ask anyone for help.

I have been writing since I was a kid. Short stories, and eventually a focus on poetry, which narrated my life from the age of 13 through my college years, and a few years beyond. After a while, the muses left, taking the poetry with them (quite literally, in fact. I've lost every single stitch of everything I wrote in that time. I have no idea what happened to it all.), and I always had the urge to write, but nothing ever took hold. I suck at fiction, and though I put about a week's worth of effort into a story while I was unemployed one summer, it died a lonely death. But the urge to write never left me, and it dawned on me last night that I frequently write exceptionally long emails to friends and family... the older, more refined sibling of that concept is the blog, and this way, I don't have to shoehorn my way into anyone's inbox. If you feel like reading it, here it is.

So, what is this blog supposed to be about? Not about being single and in my 30s. Charlotte's got that under control and is doing a bang-up job of being the delightfully (and sometimes brutally) honest voice for all of us who fall into that category. I'm sure there will be times when I touch upon this topic (hell, it's my demographic, and does influence a major portion of my life), but I'm aiming for a more introspective, yet worldly narrative of being part of the world in this age. A female perspective. A professional perspective. A grunge-baby perspective. An artist, a teacher, a prowler, a fighter... Sometimes it's random thoughts and musings. Sometimes major events. Whatever comes out of my head, whatever compulsions I find myself in the midst of, I want to do something constructive with them. And I hope you'll come along with me.


  1. Nikki - You are such a gifted writer! I wouldn't be surprised if your blog will metamorphose into something spectacular! It can be a jumping off point for greater things to come!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posting and look forward to its evolution....... Hugs, Aunt Linda

  2. Thank you!

    Also, I wanted to clarify my description of Charlotte's blog... when I said "sometimes brutally" I meant that she is sassy and brave enough to admit (in WRITING, no less) feelings, thoughts, and ideas that most of us wouldn't dare speak. Props to my girl! ;-)

  3. I can't wait to follow you along on this journey and am so very happy to hear that you have started a blog of your own :) As you'll soon find out (if you haven't already), this blogging community is pretty fantastic and is filled with wonderfully supportive females who will do what they can to help you along the way(even though I know you don't want to ask for help, every now and then it's good to know there are people there who can).

    You are a fantastic writer and this will be a wonderful outlet for you. BRAVO!!! I will soon post a little sumthin' sumthin' on my blog as well (didn't today because I have a guest poster and promised her the spotlight). I can't wait to pimp you out!!! :)