When I was eleven, I found and purchased a small diary, one of those with a clasp to close it, and each page labeled by day and date. I decided to record my daily activities in it. The concept was new to me, and I had no idea what a personal journal was, or how to get the best from it. For a year, I faithfully recorded my activities. Pages upon pages were filled with short lists, saying thing like, “woke up, had breakfast, went to school, had a spelling test, came home, went shopping with my mother, did homework, ate dinner, watched tv, read, went to bed.”

I kid you not. Page after excruciating page. To be fair, there wasn’t a whole lot of room on each page, and thinking back, I believe that small booklet was intended more as an appointment book than a “Dear Diary”. But it was a start. I eventually gave up on it, thinking it was kind of stupid to write out lists of day by day activities, especially without any details. So I shrugged my shoulders and eventually stopped writing in it.

That small journal was lost many years ago – perhaps I threw it away, I don’t remember. But I do remember the lists, the frustration of wanting to do it “the right way” and not knowing how. I had never heard of anyone writing a personal journal, but even then I thought I had to follow some kind of rules – and this arbitrary listing of daily activities just didn’t cut it.

Of course, I now realize that what I was searching for at the time, was some means of expressing myself. I didn’t know it then, but the writer in me had been born, she just didn’t know how to get out and onto a page.

By the time I was 14, I realized that a personal journal was supposed to be exactly that – personal. I began collecting notebooks and writing down my thoughts, and feelings. And while (mostly later in life) there have been huge gaps of time, years even, without writing, I always seem to go back to it. I did eventually give up on the paper format, as I found sites online that hosted personal journal writing, long before Blogs made their appearance.

After another long dry spell, I discovered the world of blogging. It made sense to me to try it out. And I’ve enjoyed it, but even so, I began this blog trying to learn the rules. You pick a topic, you stick to it, you visit other blogs and have them come visit yours. You write to other people, for other people, drawing like minded friends into your circle. Okay, I get it. The biggest problem I have with that is this – I’m tired of following rules. Especially when it comes to writing.

I have discovered that, while there are rules to follow if you want to have a “popular” blog, my main interest in this project is not that of drawing others in to read what I have written, but simply to continue to write.

This is a place where I can just sit back and talk about anything. And everything. Wax philosophical, or throw out an occasional rant if the moment calls for it, talk about everyday things, but also express feelings, both positive and negative. You may or may not find it interesting, you may or may not identify with parts of it, but this is the hub, the me that anchors the spokes of that ever turning wheel that is my life.

And so it is.

Just Judee

just me


23 responses

  1. jakesprinter | Reply

    Great page you have here Judee, I update my about page too LOL,
    More power to your blog 🙂

  2. Hi Judee, I have nominated you for an award(‘s) if you enjoy them please follow my link and grab. I like your site and comments so much that is why you are top of my list…
    http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/3-awards-thank-you-100/ Thank you…

  3. Recently, I was honored with 3 Awards given to me by fellow blogger Wendall A. Brown (foreverpoetic.wordpress.com). It meant so much to me. One of the criteria for accepting the award is to nominate several other bloggers. I wanted to nominate you because your blogs (each and every one of them) has been a wonderful inspiration and joy to me. If you’d like to accept, you can go over to the post at http://serendipityplus.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/beautiful-blogger-very-inspiring-blogger-sunshine-award/ and get the low down on how. Absolutely no pressure. Just know that I think your blog is awesome and worth telling everyone about. Thanks for sharing your life with us. 😀

    1. Thank you Laura. (it is Laura, right? I got that from your twitter page) Your words have touched me so much, and i appreciate your thinking of me. I will be redoing my Awards/ThankYou page soon to include these and some responses and nominations, etc. Have to figure out the best way to set it up, link, etc. Patience, I will eventually get a round tuit. 😉 Meanwhile know that you have charmed my blog by your presence and sweet offering. Blessings!

      1. You’re so welcome. (Yes … it’s Laura :D) I’ so glad you’re happy. You are very inspiring to me. I try to dash over to all your blogs as often as I can because I really enjoy reading your posts. Hugs. 😀 (O and totally take your time. It’s so much about just simply letting you know how special you are.)

  4. Hey Judee, as I have always like your site and posts I thought of you, do you enjoy these blogging ventures that keep popping up, if so then consider yourself tagged. for more info on this little fun follow my link and please enjoy…http://wp.me/1j16x

    1. Thank you Gerry, for thinking of me. I’ll add this to my awards page, and I’ll be setting up some play and nomination pages soon.

  5. Hi Judee,
    You asked what kind of camera I use. For the most part, especially where the ocean is concerned I uses a Nikon D80 with the 70-300mm lens. Allows me to bring the big waves much closer.

    1. Thanks, Cee, I was wondering how you managed some of those closeups, you do such amazing shots!

  6. Hi Judee!
    I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Here’s the link http://imexcited.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/genuine-blogger-and-sunshine-award/ Have a great day!

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ll be back here too. Interesting place you have.

  8. Thank you for “liking” my post on Landscapes…with my little poem on Fears of the Inner Child. I enjoyed reading about your many blogs here…I think that all of us are made up of many diverse elements. 🙂 Nice to meet you!

    1. Thank you for for dropping by, and nice to meet you too!

  9. I know Judee from another cyber place, and my life has been enriched by her. I look forward to making future visits to her wonderful new blog.

    1. Carolyn, how lovely to see you here! Thanks for the visit. 🙂

    1. Thank you Therese. 🙂

  10. Great! I like compartments … I like handbags with lots of compartments too. As things are standing right now, I have two blogs. I will now go and check out your digital art…

    1. I’m glad you like compartments too, I find it easier somehow. Thanks for the visit.

  11. I concur! Creative Writing is green. Your blog is lovely and I’ll be back.

    1. Thank you Susan – I still want to change that blog to something more personalized, but need to make some graphics first. Green, of course. 😉

  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog……

    I like your blog and will be visiting again and keep posting…… 🙂

    1. And thank you for so many visits you’ve made to mine. I look forward to your postings.

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