[Editors Note: For my 2 year Stanniversary, I thought about maybe doing a best of, a where are they now, opening the floor to questions then I thought, why not just take the day off. So yeah, #itstherepostbaybeh]
“Writing, it’s like talking to yourself but in a sane way -Unknown, or again I just made it up. Whatever.
When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what it would be. I honestly still not sure what it would be, the concept of SFW is so open I can pretty much make it anything, there’s an infinite amount of words, definitions and interpretations. Initially I wanted to revive concept from a blog I had when I was 18 “A Day in the Life” where I basically just reflected on my day to day affairs, then I realized a)my life isn’t that interesting b) thats pretty much the equivalent of the type of Facebook posts I hate now. So I broadened the concept to make more generalized posts. When I came up with the “Words” idea, there were some words I knew I would write. Words like “Love” “Communication” and “Faith”. Words I myself always read about but never quite defined personally. Others were completely reactionary, such as my reflective family posts, current affairs, which tend to be my more popular posts. I never cared (nor care) about views, niches or trying to show myself in the best light. What I put forth is me, my thoughts, my feelings, my life, it’s nice when readers understand but I’d be lying if I said I expected them to. There’s been plenty of posts I begin feeling one way and changing towards the end. Each post I begin a new adventure, picking my own brain. Life is the lecture, SFW the notes. People think I’m being modest when I say I’m not a good writer. I read other blogs and I’m blown away by the moods set, characters animated, thoughts so elegantly stated. Myself, I’m just transcribing my thoughts, some thorough others not so much.
So why a blog, and not just a word document? Short answer Keisha made me. Long answer, for one I like the process of writing. As I said before I’m not typically wowed by my own product, the basic concept of taking a single word and turning it into a 700 word narrative is challenging. Taking a mild rant and spinning it into an amusing post is whimsical. Second, I like to entertain. in school I wasn’t a class clown because real g’s move in silence like lasagna. I was more of a sniper, you never knew where or when it was coming but would get my laughs in. I grew up in a home where sarcasm was a second language, you either had to joke or become one. Humor is universal, some people are never angry, some people never cry, I dare you to find someone who doesn’t laugh at anything. Third, writing is just my favorite way to communicate. I talk fast sometimes, I don’t always hear other people I distract easily, writing is just easier. It’s organized, anyone can interpret it at their own pace, and it can’t be changed.
This blog in particular captures those three reasons. The challenge stems from either taking posts I write based off something that happened and I try to restructure around a particular word or theme, or just starting with a word and defining it but in a way that I’m not just writing a definition. Relating anecdotes are hard, now I see why politicians just make them up as they go along. I love making others laugh and seeing that others get my sometimes odd sense of humor. And finally I love the new people I’ve encountered via this blog and others, from all over the world, even if they found it by accident. I love being able to express myself how I want (give or take grammar edits) and being able to give my unbiased view on the world on my small piece of internet real estate. That is why I write.