I completely stopped reading blogs a couple of years ago. I just didn't have enough time to read them between finding out if I was left or right brained, or sharing news bytes about how appalling the Liberal party was being (because not enough people in my friends list understood this, right).
Anyway, last week, in lieu of reading and posting on Facebook, I started out reading a lot of threads on a popular Australian parenting forum, but I soon became disillusioned by what I was reading...
As an aside, I've been thinking a lot about a quote from the late Maya Angelou 'People don’t always remember what you say or even what you do, but they always remember how you made them feel.'
This rings very true for me, and reading the forum really highlighted this for me, you can see it in how people react to one another, but also it is obvious that a lot of people are completely unaware of how what they say and causes others to feel.
This had me thinking about how I might, cluelessly, cause others to feel. Does my being ignorant of how others feel in the wake of my needing to prove I know better or more, or whatever, excuse me from any responsibility for how I cause others to feel? I'm not convinced it does...
Back to blogs...
So, I started looking up blogs written by other creative writing PhD students and candidates. I was looking for insight into my peers experiences. I haven't actually met another creative writing PhDer 'in the wild'. Maybe they're all shy, like me, maybe they're all extremely far too busy to 'hang out' - I understand that.
Reading those blogs has led me to start re investigating Australia writing and writer blogs - I haven't found many, but a couple of good ones from Aussie writers I had 'met' through Twitter (of course, I've only just deleted my Twitter account, wouldn't you know).
I'm hoping to learn from these other writers and PhDers. I struggle a lot with feeling unworthy, but I gather a lot of people in my situation feel the same way.
I'm glad I've rediscovered blogs