Welcome back to a new eric.
Over ten years ago, I was an avid blogger. I was practicing my craft, writing constantly, and inspiring myself to get better at what I do. I participated in blog groups, monthly challenges, and even blogged every day of the year in 2008.
The blog saw me through transitions in my personal life. I left the LDS church (which is no small feat), separated and later divorced from my wife, became a single father, started dating, found someone I loved and married her. Since then, we've had kids together, moved a few times, I took a new job in another state and moved the family from Utah to North Carolina. I've experienced a torn Achilles and it's aftereffects, lost the ability to walk, learned how to walk again, weaned myself off of wheelchairs, crutches, and canes, and entered a new reality of life with chronic walking issues. My wife got hurt at work and developed nerve damage called RSD (CRPS). Our son was diagnosed with epilepsy, and later with autism. We've had some of the greatest and most trying moments of our lives since I stopped blogging regularly in 2009.
I need an outlet. I need to write. I have a billion emotions, happy moments, and hard days swirling around in my head, and I can't tack any one of them to the wall to clear the space for finishing a novel or writing a poem. So it seems to me that it might be benefitial to do both - pin these moments and memories to a place where I can think about them while getting in some writing at the same time.
I let the blog fall to the wayside. For many years, I benefitted from the generosity of web space from a close friend. For all of those years, I felt like a leech, a strain on his resources. When he told me he was basically shutting down his web server, I didn't see any point in remaining a parasite. But an opportunity came up where I could run this again for six months with no cost, and it got me thinking about writing again. So I followed the opportunity to see where I go with it. Maybe I continue to write, maybe I let it fall to the wayside as I often do. We'll have to see what happens.
So expect to see some posts. Read them, please. Sign up and comment, if you wish. I'm still working out the kinks, so stay with me while things get set up.
Thanks for reading.