Sitting Naked in Front of the World
This title ought to bring some web traffic my way. And it's even
I'm about to launch my first blog,
and the sensation is quite similar to what I experienced at Home
Expo Design two weeks ago.
I was there with my husband, Roy, and our good friend and interior
designer, Lita. We're re-doing our master bath, primarily because
the shower is so tiny that even I have trouble not bumping into
the walls. Lita suggested that we visit a place where she could
learn about our tastes in bathroom fixtures. We set off from Sedona
For those of you who aren't familiar with Design Expo, it's the
design arm of Home Depot, and features many different decorating
options in one humongous space. Too many options for me, actually.
After 3 hours, I no longer cared if anything matched anything
else, but Lita insisted that we had to look at the display "commodes"
before we left. I guess that in Home Depot they're toilets, but
in Home Expo they become commodes.
So we trekked to that side of the building. I can't remember
the last time I actually evaluated the appearance of a toilet,
but it seemed to me that the basic shape had changed from round
to more oval. I remarked on this to Lita, and she said that's
why it's important to try them before we choose. I looked at her
incredulously. "Try them?" And she replied, "You
know - sit down on them and see if they feel right to you."
At first I figured no way, but I was curious to see if those
oval shapes felt different from the rounder ones. So I looked
around carefully to make sure that no one was watching, and then
took a seat. And fell in.
Yes, I was shocked and embarrassed, but more than that, I was
totally surprised at how the evolution of toilet seats had passed
me by. Lita was right; I'd have to be Goldilocks and keep trying
them out until I found one that felt just right.
Which brings me to the subject of my blog.
I've been working hard in the past month to master the terms and
processes that will allow me to feel comfortable navigating in
this new kind of web space. It definitely feels awkward and exposed,
and I haven't even begun making regular entries yet. It is the
equivalent of public commode sitting.
What's fascinating to me, is that young people *want* to do this.
I can't imagine what that feels like. I'm creating this blog
because I live in the world of 2007, where maintaining a blog
is a necessity if one wants to pursue a writing career. And writing
is something I passionately want to continue to do.
By the end of the summer I will be sending out my latest book
proposal, and my agent tells me that prospective publishers will
be expecting to see an active blog
that speaks to the subject matter. I must sit on that commode,
for the world to see.
So be it. And being the scrappy little competitor I am, I will
rise to the occasion and deliver the best blog
In spite of my inherent shyness, I will learn how to speak out
and share what's important to me. I will provide quality content
along with personal experience and make it worthwhile for you
to click onto Sunny
Schlenger's SunCoach Blog.
I only hope that I don't fall in too many times, and that I can
count on you, my readers, to give me some support and occasionally
leave a comment to let me know if I'm doing OK.
I want to give a public thanks to my friends and web designers,
Matt and Ellen, for consistently pulling me out of my bouts of
confusion and trepidation. You're the best.
And as I frequently say to myself, "Let's get on with it
- onward and upward!"