Normally on Mondays, I would post my current SIA outfit for the chosen piece of art curated by the SIA team (who are all awesome by the way).

But at the risk of “breaking my own rules” (I’m allowed to do that on my own blog, right?), I’ll save that post for tomorrow as I feel that this is a little more important.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been absent from the public eye, namely the blog here, as well as absent from my fellow bloggers’ blogs as well. There are many reasons for my absence, which I will not bore you with. But one of the main reasons for my absence is my own discouragement and anxiety for blogging. While I am beginning to like it the more I do it, being the kind of person I am, blogging for me has its drawbacks (those who have come to know me well know what I’m talking about).

While some out there may blog carelessly and end up getting into all kinds of trouble, I am not like that. I am very cautious when it comes to posting online. I mean, there are some obvious things that one should never put out on a blog, or any social media site (i.e. highly illegal activity, extremely vulgar or violent acts, you get the picture). I even read, word for word, the Terms of Service page on WordPress (seen here) just to be sure that I’m doing everything by the book (which, by the way, I encourage everyone to do at least once if you blog).

And while one must be careful about what they decide to post about, it also shouldn’t be so vice gripping that one becomes fearful to even place links in a blog or post about what they are passionate about. But that was me. I would fear that if I placed links to other sites on my blog, it would be shut down. And as stupid as that may sound, I’ve read where other people’s blogs have been shut down for whatever reasons their blogging platform saw fit, hence my fear. And I feared that that would happen to me. But for weeks, I’ve been researching online, asking other bloggers, looking through books about how to write blogs, etc. to learn about links. And around 90% of them all say that linking is more often encouraged to do rather than not, as long as the site you link to is a legit site and won’t place your readers in an awkward situation.

In fact, I finally found a web page that eased my fears about linking for good. You can check it out here (ironic that I’m using a link to talk about links, right?). After reading this article, I finally decided that posting links on a blog is okay as long as it’s done with discretion, which I do anyway, so I am covered.

So in conclusion, I said all of that to say this:

My blog is about postcards. It is something that I am very passionate about and really enjoy doing. And I would like to share that passion with everyone who reads my blog. After being encouraged by others to write a blog about my passion, I decided to go for it. I am new at this. I am not an expert blogger and I will probably make a few mistakes along the way. And that is okay as that is how we learn and get better. My blog will also contain book reviews (reading is another passion of mine) as well as the SIA challenges that you’ve seen on here. In no way is my blog encouraging any sort of illegal activity, acts of violence, sexual material or any other forms of extreme content that would be grounds to have my blog shut down. I do welcome any and all comments that come my way and I will do my best to reply to all of them. Even critical comments are welcomed, but offensive or extremely harsh ones are not. Please keep that in mind.

Tune in tomorrow to see how I interpreted the SIA artwork hosted by Jen on her blog!



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