I’ve been sitting and thinking about what my first blog post should focus on. And the funny thing is, I asked myself this very same question nearly three years ago when I first started blogging in 2012. But of course I was a different person then and my reasons for blogging were different. I had just started university and I had certain ideals of who I wanted to be and how I was going to display that person to the world. Yes, display is the right word. As much as we would like to deny it, this is exactly what we do on a daily basis. Each day we put on a face, a mask, a costume and we put on a show. The show might vary, depending on how we feel on that particular day, but we put on a show none the less. And me starting a blog a few years back was all part of that show. But that was three years ago, and like I’ve said I’m a different person now, blogging for different reason. Reasons I’ve come to realize as I ponder my first post.
So here I am rambling on and on about a blog I started three years ago, when I was different person, putting on a different show, ect, ect, ect. But I have a new blog now and I’m a different person now. So what’s the connection? There has to be a connection right? Well there isn’t. I want there to be but there isn’t. Me rambling on about my old blog helped me realize something. My blog, my life, my ‘show’, it’s not about whether or not someone I don’t know likes my dress or the way I wore my turned up jeans with an oversized shirt or whether another stranger likes the picture of the Mexican food I had for lunch. It’s not about that. It’s about the writing. It’s about us telling our stories. It’s about having an opinion and expressing it. It’s about having a say and saying it. The shoes and the clothes and lifestyle pictures might be great, who doesn’t like a bit of fluff now and then? But what matters is how that inspires us and how we tell our stories about those inspirations. It’s about the conversations we have while eating that Mexican food and the jokes we share while shopping for those shoes. It’s about being inspired in those moments and telling those stories. And my realization is that, it’s about the writing.
So instead of pondering about the focus of my first blog post I simply wrote, because that’s what I’ve set out to do. So HI. And Welcome. I’m a Cape Town local dreaming of ice cream cones, the turn up jeans revolution and contemporary South African literature. I’m a Cape Town local dreaming of being a writer and actually writing. I’m a Cape Town Dreamer and welcome to my city of dreams.