When I started this blog, a short 3 weeks ago, my intention was to create a place where I could come and say anything that was on my mind, without fear of judgement. I have always felt like the emotions and ideas that float around in my head are meaningful and important, but that no one would ever care to hear what I have to say. I looked over other blogs, especially those that were featured on Freshly Pressed, and I longed to have something important or interesting enough to say that would draw the attention of hundreds of people. I never believed it would actually happen!
I have another blog that I run as the “real” me. It is a place where I give updates on school and my kids, and I post pictures and G-rated stories of my life. It is all very superficial. The only people who read that blog are my family and “friends” who only go there when I link to a new entry via facebook. Unfortunately, I never felt like I was saying what I really wanted to say – and so The Cranky Giraffe was born.
In 3 weeks, I have written more about myself than I ever have before. People whom I don’t know, and who don’t know me, have given me compliments and have comforted me in ways I never thought possible. In the past 24 hours, since being Freshly Pressed, I have had more visitors to this blog that I have ever had in the 2 years that my other blog has existed.
I am so thankful to this blogging community for your support and connectedness. Your comments are thoughtful and inspiring and they have become the motivation and therapy I need to keep myself going. I have never thought that what I have to say is very important, or that anyone would care. However, the Freshly Pressed experience is starting to change all that: Obviously what I wrote was inspiring and powerful enough to catch the attention of the wordpress editors, and there has been no shortage of support and kind words from the rest of the wordpress community. I am inspired to keep pouring out my feelings as the Cranky Giraffe, because it appears that this, hidden, inside aspect of me is so much more real and desirable than the person I purport to be on a daily basis. I get the feeling that many bloggers on this site might feel the same way!
Thanks to all of you for your support, your likes, your comments, and for being courageous enough, like me, tolet your insides show!