As a young child I was always writing. I’d cover page after page of notebook paper scribbling to mimic cursive writing to tell a story. Once I was able to spell real words I progressed to authoring short stories. Not exceptionally outgoing in high school it was my need to put words on paper and have someone else read them that lead me to an after school informational meeting for the student run newspaper. I spent the next three years writing and editing for The Maroon. I went on to join my college newspaper and was appointed editor-in-chief my final semester. I loved everything about newspapers from story planning, interviewing, writing to layouts. Why then when it became time to choose my major in college did I veer off of the journalism path and instead followed advertising and marketing? I wish I knew the answer. I think it was because I thought it would be a more successful, glamorous field where my artistic talents could flourish. Alas, that wasn’t the case. Advertising jobs in Chicago were not easy to obtain. I without hesitation traded a career life to be a stay at home mom. Writing aspirations and visions of becoming an ad executive were long put away.
Now some twenty years later writing again is pulling me off in a new direction. There have been drastic changes in the industry from the 80s, with the exception of newspapers folding, the changes have been for the positive. Computers, the internet, cell phones have opened up so many options we could never have thought possible. To think there would ever be a way to type some words, press the send button and have the message transmitted to someone half way around the world would have sounded like a science fiction story. After much prodding and poking by well meaning friends I realized that yes, maybe blogging was meant for me.
So now I’ve embarked on a new journey, one that has brought me back home to writing. Where it may ultimately lead, I don’t know but am anxious to find out. I invite followers to comment and share their views with me.