We've all seen it... those blogs, Facebook and Twitter posts with cringeworthy spelling or grammar. I know I struggle with reading them. But with some effort I begin to convince myself it doesn't matter. "Don't be so pedantic," I tell myself, "let it go." But still it irks me. Today in writing my blog entry I'm going to focus on content and not all the bells and whistles. I'll try to present a 'no frills' blog. But, let's be honest, I'm already editing as I write - fearful of the very judgement I place upon other's writing.
It may be almost impossible for me to post a blog that hasn't, at least, been cursorily scanned for spelling and punctuation mistakes. Typos. But what is important to me in starting to write again in this blogging forum is to edit, but not censor. Like a lot of people on the planet, I like to put my best foot forward and show the 'Ben' I think seems least offensive and hopefully even come across as likeable or admirable. The truth - I'm utterly flawed (like most people on the planet). I wouldn't be honestly me if I said all the right things and nodded and agreed with all the 'acceptable' beliefs and opinions. However, this makes me unreal; It makes me wishy-washy, bland and rather one-dimensional.
I see myself as a renaissance man - jack of all trades, master of none. I have a little knowledge about most things, and tend to believe I can have a considered conversation about most topics. My life experience speaks loudly in my ear about some issues, and in quiet tones about others. I don't have to be extreme to have an opinion. I can be determined and assertive without being loud and brash. I'm philosophical, insightful and a little bit wise. And that's what I'm going to lead with in my blogging. Sexuality, religion, politics, diversity, spirituality and psychology will be the main topics of my soapboxing.
I also enjoy writing about soy lattes, people watching, puppy dogs and sunny autumn days.