When I set up my website at samdounis.com, I envisaged a creative online playground, where I could write about anything and generally have fun. Then I imposed so much structure to it that the original vision couldn’t possibly be fulfilled. Instead of a free-flowing blog, filled with my musings and opinions and adventures, I gave myself a box for a limited range of posts that kept me in the realms of ‘acceptable’, ‘safe’, and ‘neutral’ from an opinion point of view. Perhaps deep down I suspect that nobody really wants to hear what I have to say, or perhaps I’m scared of what people will say when they know what I think. I mean, what if someone challenges me?!
I didn’t always shy away from confrontation: in fact I remember a time when I relished it. So what’s changed? Am I so fearful that my opinions will chase away potential clients? Do I suspect that there are so few people who value what I do and what I can do for them that I hesitate to offend any of them? I doubt that my opinions are so offensive that I will be shunned by society! Or do I think I’m so boring that I just have nothing worth writing about in my life?? Does anyone else think this is sounding like self-indulgent bullshit????? Because I do!!!!
So I’ve taken a challenge. Forget the box, the constraints, the rules. For twenty-eight days straight I’m going to be writing a blog post at samdounis.com, about whatever I want. Who knows where the inspiration will come from: all I know is that I’ll have to find it on a daily basis. It’s a fun experiment, and I’m not doing it alone. There are, fittingly, twenty-eight of us along for the ride; led by blogger extraordinaire, Lotte Lane, on her Come Blog With Me challenge. Yesterday was the first day, and it feels like there’s an adventure afoot! It feels fun already. I can’t wait to see where it takes me, and what the benefits are for both that blog and this one. 🙂