Two years old.

Dear friends,

I’m back.

But if you were expecting some epic, put-together type of revelation on this, the blog’s second birthday, you may not ever want to come back. After some thinking, I just don’t think this is going to be a place for being put-together.

What you’ll get today is hopefully somewhat-coherent rambling about blogging, life and some of the sweet etc. that comes with them.

I thought hard these last two weeks about questions like these: Why do I want a blog? What kind of blog do I want? What kind of blog do I definitely NOT want? What’s the purpose of a blog? What about MY blog? The answers I came to were a little dissatisfying because for all my ideas and excitements, there’s still a big fat I DON’T KNOW hanging over my head.

For those of you who think I’m over-thinking this, you’re in good company with my husband — but hear me out.

honesty. community. vulnerability. exchanging ideas. teaching and learning.

These are some of the things I value about blogging, and why I want to be part of a blog. Not so I can be on a soapbox, and not so I can paint a deceptively perfect picture of my imperfect life. It’s vulnerable, being here on a platform of sorts, especially when I think about some of the bloggers I read — some with no-holds-barred policies and others with more restraint — that offer honest portrayals. They give real glimpses into life, not to cater to voyeurs but to be voices willing to tell the truth.

So I’m asking you for a favor: do it with me.

Talk to me and to each other here, as we are. Not so I can tally up my comments and feel popular, but so we can get a real conversation started and see where it goes. I want this blog to be less about me and more about all of us. I want to get our hands a little bit dirty.

Here’s what you can expect from me:

A real attempt at honesty as I write about topics like faith (in all its glory and all its struggle), anxiety and depression, family, writing, poetry, books, creativity and the like. And I want you right there with me.

And here’s what you won’t find:

You won’t find perfection or any portrayal that hints at it. You won’t find many “how-to” posts. You won’t find much instruction at all, beyond what I glean from others and am applying to myself. And just in case I’m freaking you out, you won’t find every single nitty-gritty detail of my life here, either.

So you.

You’re welcome here. Introduce yourself. Let’s talk. And a QUESTION to answer with your introduction:

Just how personal do you think a blog should be? If you’re a blogger, do you struggle with this? If you’re not, what do you consider TMI (too much information)?

Love—

brynna

  • Laura Boboth

    ” If you’re a blogger, do you struggle with this?”
    Um, yes. In fact, I’ve really been wrestling with this very issue for almost a month! Just trying to figure out why I do it, whether I should continue, and what the content should be. When you figure it all out, let me know! :)

    • http://www.brynnabegins.com/ Brynna Lynea

      “Why do it?” is a HUGE question, and I think most people have different answers. That said, I loved your “In the Quiet” post. I’m drawn to people’s more vulnerable posts, but it’s hard to be vulnerable yourself sometimes…

  • Krista

    I am not a blogger, but I would absolutely love to blog. Honestly the only thing that holds me back is because I tend to give away way too much information about myself and how I’m feeling about certain issues. If I could find a way to have a blog without just putting my heart on display for all to see, I would absolutely love to have one! Any ideas?

    • http://www.brynnabegins.com/ Brynna Lynea

      I think that’s a huge issue we all face. You could always write anonymously, or start a blog but be selective about who you share it with… Depends on what your goals would be for the blog. I’d love to talk to you about it!

      • Krista

        We will have to talk about it next weekend when I see you at the conference! :)

        • http://www.brynnabegins.com/ Brynna Lynea

          Absolutely! Can’t wait!

  • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

    It should be personal enough that you share your story in a manner that helps others, and impersonal enough that you’re not : 1. romanticizing your life in a way that makes readers feel inferior, 2. sharing your life for validation, pity, and negative attention.

    The blog has to have a point other than chronicling your daily life. No one really enjoys an online diary, but no one really enjoys the “10 Steps to a More Fantastic Everything” blog either.

    After spending the first two years on my blog whining about how hard it is to be a writer without a dream job, I think I’ve finally begun to find balance. I’ve learned to write about more than writing, and write about my life in a way that others can enjoy – and this after losing my mom and writing about grief, one of the most personal subjects ever. It’s about balance and adding value to your readers’ every day lives.

    I think you’re doing a great job, Brynna. Don’t worry about what others will classify this blog as; just give it your heart and your voice.

    • http://www.brynnabegins.com/ Brynna Lynea

      Thanks for the thoughtful reply, friend. :) I completely agree with all points. And I think you have handled your grief with such grace.