Someone once recommended to me that I routinely do “About Me” posts to keep new readers up to date on who I am and why they should want to read my blog. And while I do see that as logical, sound advice, I don’t do it. I don’t do it because I don’t know who to write about. There are so many sides to me and many of them so absolutely ridiculous that I think it would end up being a bit like dueling personalities on the page.
The truth is there isn’t a succinct way to wrap up who I am. I have an “About Me” page, of course, and it tells you that I am a veterinary technician who works in emergency and critical care. I am married to a Marine, I have dogs, and am a big, giant dork most of the time.
But the truth is, those are facts about me, but not me as a person. I am no more defined by my job as I am by the fact that I am a military spouse. They are facets of my life, but not who I am. At least, not all of who I am.
I am the girl who has to have spiders smooshed and then flushed down the toilet to ensure they are dead. (Spiders can crawl back up drains, y’all.) And I am the girl who loves and hates humanity at the same time for the exact same reasons. I see beauty in the mundane things like freshly folded laundry. I hide my pain from the world only to openly talk about it on my blog and I write. I want to be a writer, though few in my life know this.
But even that is not a complete least of all that makes up my entire self. I am more than facts, I am feelings and emotions. I am thoughts I have of the world, but also a little bit of thoughts others have of me. I am opinionated just as readily as I am a listener.
Really, think of who you are. Think of how you view yourself and how the world views you. Can all that you are, not the facts about your age and where you live, but all of you, be properly conveyed in a single, 500 word essay? I know I can’t be. And really, I read other peoples blogs because they can’t be either. If they could, their blogs wouldn’t exist because I would have learned all that I needed to about who they are from their very first post.