I have never put my real name on my own work. I don’t let people read my work. I have no family or friends that have read more than one of two pages and that is a rare occasion. The most they’ve read are research papers for school, but that is different. That isn’t as personal as this. I’ve been writing for years and posting my work on sites that allow me to hide myself. It allows me to use a username on the fics I write so no one knows who I really am. I’ve hidden behind this for ten years. I’ve written blog posts, journals, fanfiction, short stories, but none of them have my name on them.
I am ready to take that leap though. I have talked about writing a book for years, ideas swimming around my head. I want character that are like me. I want characters I can relate too. I’ve never seen one on TV or in a book and writing one would give other people the chance to find a character they relate too. I’ve started a few books, but I want to actually sit down and write something solid. I want to write something tangible even if it has no chance to get published. The worse they can do is say no so I might as well take the leap and go for it.
This blog has been done and redone for years. I tried to start something about a year ago, but I lost steam and chickened out. They are personal. They reveal a lot about your life. They require more work than I was willing to give a blog at the time, both emotionally and physically. I have tried to write journal posts to add to a blog one day, but it just didn’t work.
I’m at a good place now. I’m done with school for a while (hopefully not forever) and I have a job, like an adult job. I have a trip planned. I have a topic I actually want to read and write about. I love traveling. I love traveling tips. I love writing. Why not combine them? Why not give this blog thing a try again? I mulled it over for a few months before I took the plunge. I started out small on Instagram (@emexeriencestheworld) and tried my hand at captions and pictures. I finally felt comfortable after a few months and decided to take the plunge with the encouragement of a really good friend of mine. She is one of the few I even told about this whole ordeal.
This is the first time I plan on sharing the posts with my family. This is the first time I plan on sharing posts with my friends. This is the first time I plan on putting my name on my own work. This is a step I never thought would come. I’ve always been scared to put my work out there. I’ve always put a username on my work. So here it goes.