This book blog of mine is still less than a year old, so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to include one of these posts that doesn’t actually have much to do with books. If you are reading this, I’d like to say thank you. There are a lot of blogs and posts out there in the cyber-world, and anytime someone chooses to stop and read the mess of random thoughts from any post I make is so greatly appreciated, and it means a ton to me. So thank you.
Since I Sense A Story is still considered a ‘newbie’, I thought it might be interesting to introduce myself to those who have so kindly chosen to hit the follow button, explain the reasoning behind the blog’s name, and talk about why I decided to start a blog in the first place. AND, if you’ve made it this far in the post, I’ll keep this short and sweet in the friendliest way possible 🙂 Ok, here we go!
My name is Alicia. I’m a 28 year old Midwesterner with aspirations to see as much of the world as possible. And while the Midwest will always be home sweet home, I would like to eventually move out of it and experience the thrill of living somewhere near mountains or ocean. I am married to the most incredible guy on Earth, Bobby, who was one of my very best friends throughout high school, and is the biggest blessing that God has graced upon my life. He’s my forever human, and my first pick for the many adventures yet to come.
We have a giant wolf dog named Jax, who is not only a gentle giant, but afraid of her own shadow and obsessed with the dog park. Her favorite things in the world are other dogs, the snow, and having the undivided attention of everyone in the room. We also have a 6 month old kitten named Finn, who is scrappy, curious, and a destroyer of aglets. While this little guy has only three legs, he doesn’t let his ‘lucky fin’ keep him from his favorite things which are terrorizing/cuddling the dog, night time, and a grey blanket that upon contact will instantly turn him into a purring mess of emotions.
We root for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs in my household, Indiana Hoosier basketball is somewhat sacred, and hockey is always a blast to watch (and play), although it is the one sport we don’t share the same team spirit for. 😉
I have an Associates in Science, although my passions in life have always been more on the creative side of things. I plan to return to college this coming fall and finish the Biology degree I started a few years ago. I sometimes refer to myself as an ‘aspiring jack-of-all-trades’ because my interests in so many different things pull me in all sorts of directions, rather than helping me narrow down what I’d like to do in life, maybe even specialize in. So for now, we’ll stick with the simple truth that I am a learner, a seeker of knowledge, and a desperately hungry scholar of all life has to offer.
I Sense A Story
I love stories. You’ll find them in books, pictures, and in people. Every book you open relays a story, real or imagined. Every picture you take or review tells a silent story. And every person on Earth is a bottomless pit of a collection of stories, whether the stories are interesting, sad, exciting, happy, angering, truthful, etc. When I decided to start a book blog, I wanted a name that wouldn’t need to change if the content ever did. But I also wanted a name that most accurately reflected what message I personally take from each of the mediums listed above. I’m not saying those three are the only ways to relay a story, but I am instead looking at the avenues in which I can share with people the most common ways I seek out and absorb the art of storytelling. And you can sense a story in just about anything if you set your mind to it.
Why A Blog?
I was actually working as a creative copywriter when the idea for a book blog started to gain momentum in my thoughts. Before that job, the only time I’d really written anything at all was for school papers. And while I’d always received good feedback on those, I never really thought about using that strength in a setting where I’d be sharing my written words with an audience. I don’t have aspirations to be an author, I don’t think my writing is a ground breaking, earth shattering blessing to mankind, and the only reason I think I’m any good at it has to do with the simple fact that I just enjoy it. I’m more at ease writing down my thoughts than I am relaying them in person, and that’s especially true when most of my conversations with people result in me thinking of all the things I could’ve said or asked long after the event has passed.
I started this blog because I wanted an avenue to express my thoughts about what I read in a more personalized space, where I could get a bit creative with the design, and write a more personal and informal review than what you may find on Goodreads. ALL outside of my comfort zone, but rewarding should I choose to take the step forward and put my thoughts and opinions out there.
I also wanted to explore a book community that was unknown to me before registering with WordPress. Rather than remain solely on Goodreads, I want to meet new people, readers to share a love of books and stories and life experiences. I want discussion with people. Maybe even make some real life friends in the process, who knows? By starting a book blog, I was committing myself to an open-door opportunity that had I passed it up, may have regretted, or at least driven myself crazy with all of the “what-ifs.”
So that’s it for this post. If you’ve stuck around and read to this point, thank you for reading…and for your patience! And in the spirit of discussion, I’ll end by asking anyone reading, “what is your favorite way to learn a new story?”