the background [pt. 1]

>> 8.13.2012

I have long wondered/struggled with just how honest to be on this tiny little space.
--just how much should I tell people about the dirty laundry I've got stashed away in my brain?

I'm sure this is something that other bloggers worry about and deal with as well. It seems that everyone comes to a slightly different conclusion, and I completely understand.
--if you can't be comfortable sharing something with (potentially) the whole world, then it's probably better to keep quiet and stay safe.

For me, blogging started way back when I was fifteen, when it was something that no one had really heard of, and when you mentioned it to your parents generation, they said, "What? Is that even a word?"

It was a space that I could carve out for myself, somewhere to assert who I was and who I was becoming--to type words and immediately see them in print, to roll them around in my mouth and taste them on my tongue and decide whether or not I really wanted to spit them out, or if it was better to keep them inside for a while longer.

After that it grew and molded itself into something a little different, a little more social, and a little more honest. It became a place to write, and to practice writing, but to also connect with people in a way that conversations and glances sometimes didn't allow for. I could be honest here in a way that I could never be honest with someone I'd just met, and I liked that.

Eventually "blogging" grew to become this huge thing that everyone did, and I kind of held back in my own little corner for awhile. I didn't want the competition to change me, or to change my writing, or to change my motivation to keep writing. I've always struggled with keeping up and fitting in, and the last thing I wanted to do was take my corner of honesty and have it turn into a race to be "the best".

And so now I sit in this tension between staying honest and open, but also molding this into a business and (possibly) making some profit from it. And with all of that comes the realization that there are a lot of gaps in the story and a lot of holes in the honesty cloth I've been weaving, simply because it's just been me for so long. I didn't have to explain, because I was the only one here, and I already knew the backstory.

But now, there are you guys (we've jumped from 12 to 43 and I am SO EXCITED) and I'm sure that a lot of you are wondering what I'm talking about half the time.

So. I'm going to fill some gaps in.

I'm not going to give you the entire life story, but I'm going to talk about the important parts, the hard parts, the parts that people don't like talking about.

I'm doing this for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of the responses I get when I am gut-wrenchingly honest-- the "I completely know what you're talking about" and the "I'm so glad someone else can relate" responses. These are what make me keep writing, and these are the ones that I am writing for.

Because everyone just wants to not be alone--to be weird and different with someone else weird and different right by their side.

--pt. 2
--pt. 3
--pt. 4
--pt. 5

3 thoughts:

Erin Wawok August 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM  

Hi Camille, I can't remember exactly how I found your blog, but I remember Daveo a bit when he worked at Joes. I also remember seeing your face in the tunnels at Moody several years ago. Anyway, I don't like to be completely silent when I peak into someone else's life, so here's my little "hello" to you. I've read your older posts quite extensively because I am so intrigued by your honesty and thankful for your perspective. It takes a lot to even be able to verbalize the things you do, much less to write them for the public eye. THANK YOU for writing- I need to read honest reflections from a fellow Christian who comes from (at least a little of) the same background that I do. I look forward to reading more of your stories and watching Jameson grow :)

eliseloyola August 14, 2012 at 2:17 PM  

So looking forward to this, and can totally relate to the blogging-before-it-was-a-thing. :)

Kari Kotter August 14, 2012 at 4:55 PM  

I love that you write about the hard things. I feel like all I do it whine on my blog about the hard things. Miss you!

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