My good friend Emma Newman* refers to the joy of blogging from time to time as she describes the support she derived from her blog as a struggling unpublished writer suffering from post-natal depression. Not only did she use the blog as a personal sounding-board through which to develop her query letter and attract a publisher, she also found herself connecting with a lively and supportive group of other bloggers in a similar situation. Her experience inspired me to start this blog in January when insomnia finally forced me out of the closet, and like her I have found through blogging both a tool to enunciate and organise my thoughts and experiences, and a way into a wider community of like-minded souls. Thanks Emma!
Like Emma I've reached a milestone in blogging terms, this post will be my hundredth. For Emma the milestone was tainted by the death of a close friend, for me it comes at a much more positive point as I make my first tentative steps out into the world presenting as female. I find that in blogging I've discovered a medium I like, so much so in fact that my century has arrived in under five months. Back in January as I sat on my sofa in the dark of snowbound early mornings I never expected this to happen, but just as once you've unleashed your inner girl you can't put her back again, once you've got on a roll with your writing it's difficult to stop.
Thank you all for reading and following this blog, for your support and comments. I've come a long way so far this year with my first hundred posts and I hope you'll stay with me for my next hundred and more.
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