I began a Blogger called “Heather’s World” a little over ten years ago. I wrote some really funny, sad, insightful, angsty stuff there; I was 24 and floundering in the world. I met some fellow bloggers (because it was a smaller group back then) with whom I am still friends. But, since then, I have recreated, renamed, re-platformed, etc., a bunch of different blogs–essentially recreating myself–but not really–every time.
You see, I do this thing where I reinvent the wheel all the damn time–even on a daily basis, when I’m teaching. It’s a problem. I also save everything… so I have a file for every first day class I’ve taught, every semester, since Fall 2006. (No joke. Are they all the same? No. Are they pretty similar? Very.) I also do this thing where I have Great Big Ideas and then don’t do anything about them and give up and have really awesome pity parties about failing when I have not even begun to act. The past two years have featured a lot of hurt, a lot of pity parties, and worse, a lot of inertia.
But…I’ve been thinking. I’ve been reading. I’ve been doing some serious self-evaluation. I’ve hopped back on my bike and back on my yoga mat. Seriously. In the spirit of action, I have created yet another blog after abandoning one about a year and a half ago. But this time, I started going back through the saved texts of past blogs. I wanted to see what stories I could find in those posts, spanning ten years. I’m thinking about the young writer then and the still-sort-of-youngish writer now. I’m thinking about what I can write about, rather than the things I can’t. Most importantly, I’m writing–even if it’s total gibberish, it’s something.
Bear with me while I edit some old posts, write some new ones, play with the theme, and get this beast up and running. “Alphabet: A History” will return (yay!). You can follow the blog via all the usual social media ways, WordPress, email, or just by dropping in.
Welcome, friends, old and new.