I write a lot about myself in this blog.
When I started back in January of 2011, I wasn't sure where it would take me. In fact, I didn't even know if it would last a month. And yet here I am over a year later, dutifully writing five posts a week about what it's like to run, swim and live with diabetes. Along the way I've made a few new friends, learned much more than I expected and discovered the camaraderie of the Diabetes Community.
Sometimes I think I share too much. About the people in my life, about the things in my head. Other times I think I don't share enough. That I'm not being fair to people who tune in every day for updates. You see, I share in my blog the way I share in Facebook. Certain themes are an open book. I will write about running without holding anything back. I will write about diabetes and I never fudge the numbers or exaggerate the stories. I write about what happened - period. When it comes to exercise and diabetes you get the good, the bad and the ugly. Because I think those two themes deserve 100% honestly. To do anything less is unfair to the people who read.
Other topics are kept well protected. They never make news on my Facebook wall. They never make even a mention in my blog. Not because they're bad, not because I'm ashamed or hiding stuff. Just because I'm very protective.
Of the people I love the most.
Of their privacy.
And therefore of my privacy.
I'm sure a lot of bloggers censor what they write - I sure hope they do anyway. Not every reader out there is good and kind and they should not have unfettered access to our lives. I don't think the world at large should have access to my innermost thoughts or my life's challenges. So I censor.
Dear readers - you don't know what you don't know so you don't know how much of my life I share and how much I don't. You take what I write at face value and you comment and return day after day to see how I'm doing, to learn a little more and to perhaps find some inspiration for your own lives.
My promise to you: I promise that, while I may not write about every part of my life, the things I do write about will be honest and true.
You deserve nothing less.
And thanks for coming along for the journey so far. It's an honour to be in such fine company.