I’ve been here before.
Not here, literally. But here, the blogosphere. I’ve been blogging off and on since 2002, and this is my third incarnation.
The first blog: I made the mistake of using my real name, and telling relatives about it. Nothing will put a damper on my creativity like knowing my mom is reading my stuff. I’m immature like that.
The second blog: I started writing anonymously but eventually a few friends started reading. And then some business associates began to follow it and I started self-censoring. I must have intimacy issues.
I also found that the more people I knew “in real life” who read my blog, the more I felt I always had to be nice and noncontroversial. I’ve titled this blog “Gumbo Mum Tells It Like It Is” to remind myself not to hold back.
I do hope people will read, but I want to say right up front that I am mostly writing for myself. I do hope you’ll stick around and read more, but I”ll keep writing even if you don’t.