A Map of Me

This is pretty much what journals are all about, at least to me. I knew as I wrote them that even though they provided an excellent place for brain (and heart, and psyche) dump, they were mainly a map of me.
Colleen Wainwright

One week until this semester is over and throughout the 15 weeks I have journaled most every day, it is pretty enlightening to go back and read what I was doing, feeling and writing about at the beginning of the semester versus today’s journal entries. For those bloggers that write very personal blogs I am amazed that they can put it all out there. I like to keep the map of me for myself and use this blog as a way to explore my creative side. For the bloggers how much of you are you willing to share on the Internet? Is there a public persona and a private persona? Have you tried keeping a journal for yourself as well as a blog? Just curious…
Monday starts my break I’ll have approximately 2 months until the next semester starts. I hope to use that time to find more creative projects to explore, to make some money for school and to do some serious writing queries. Today, a prompt inspired by an exercise in Poetry as Spiritual Practice by Robert McDowell. Write about places you lived in, write an elegy to the homes or home. Now get back to work!

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3 Replies to “A Map of Me”

  1. Oy. I just had a huge blow-up with my family over the public/private issue. Suffice it to say that I’m a lot more private (at least online) than it may seem in real life.

  2. A friend I admire so much for overcoming illness, job loss, etc., just started blogging. I was distressed as I read what’s going on under the surface of her life. I had been envying her – gorgeous house, nice husband, three kids – but this has been a reminder that we see just the tip of the iceberg. And there are probably times she looks at my life and envies ME.
    I just don’t think I could put all that out there in cyberspace. I tell my friends just a little of what I’m dealing with now.

  3. Thanks Susan and Rhonda!
    It’s a difficult balance this public/private issue yet some blogger’s tell ALL on their blogs maybe because they don’t have another outlet. I’ll keep my private journals too.

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