I first picked up The Diary of Anne Frank while hanging out in the library of St. Francis Junior High School at lunch. It was the beginning of Grade 7 and I still had not found a group of friends to roam the halls with, so most of my lunch hours were spent watching a group of boys play Myst while huddled around the library’s lone computer. I’d watched them play the game so many times without making it to the end that I grew bored and started browsing the books on the shelves.
I heard about the diary before but never actively looked for it with the intent to read it, but it sounded a lot more interesting than listening to my Language Arts teacher read Beowulf to the class (what a snoozefest!) As I read the diary, I found myself relating to Anne — her relationship with her family, her aspirations, and her writing in general. The diary became a springboard for my interest in Anne Frank, the history surrounding World War II, and the stories of other Jewish people who lived through the Holocaust. It also ignited my love of reading biographies, journaling and, later on, blogging.
So, to make a long story short… I’m back.
You see, I have this pesky writing talent that mostly sits dormant save for a few lucky humourous tweets I’ve been able to churn out. And, after a lot of self-reflection (because what else is there to do during a pandemic?), I decided that I need to start using this talent and make some mark on the world. I’ve never aspired to write a book or use my talent to make me money, so blogging is the next best way to get my writing out to as many eyeballs as possible.
I’ve laid a few ground rules for myself so I will actually want to come back and write more blog posts for this space.
- I will not be writing about Lethbridge — Sure, it will pop up here and there because, well, I live here. But my posts will not be promoting the city. This blog is a personal blog about me — my life, my experiences, stories I want to share, etc.
- I will not be sticking to a schedule — I might write a blog post once a week, I might write three! I might not write a blog post for a whole month. It doesn’t matter. This is my show and I am the ring leader! Deal with it.
- I will not be sold! — I am not, nor will I ever be an influencer for anything. I have been approached in the past to write sponsored blog posts, but I was never comfortable with it and always declined. If approached, I will continue to decline because my comfort and my space are sacred.
If you are still reading this, I thank you. It was a big decision for me to come back to doing this, so these ground rules were important to me.
I hope you will continue reading my blog and, more importantly, enjoy doing so.