First blog of many... I hope!
To date I have written over 90 letters and zero blogs. I could come up with a thousand reasons for my blog neglect… my site is blocked 90% of the time by the Ethiopian (word deleted), dial up internet connections are painfully slow at best, electricity is unreliable…but those are all just excuses. If I was to be honest with myself I’d have to admit the reason I haven’t written a blog here is because I don’t know how! I don’t know where to begin, what to say and more importantly what not to say. When I write letters to friends or family I usually picture the person/s I’m writing to then just let myself go; saying everything and anything on my mind. This had led to many funny letters but also very angry ones and depressing ones as well. Writing those emotions on paper is one thing, sending them out into the world wide web to be analyzed and scrutinized by all is quite another. So, I tried to draft a blog that excluded my babbling and emotional outbreaks and you know what…It was boring! Beyond boring! It was just events, people, places…an elaborate text book time line of my life in Ethiopia. So for a while I gave up on the idea. I’d live a blogless life and just stick to snail mail.
Obviously I changed my mind (hence the blog you are currently reading). I didn’t change my mind because of an extraordinary event or because I finally found something to say but because I realized all those letters I had been sending to close friends and family had been entertainment not only for them but for friends of friends, co-workers, family of friends, friends of family of friends! Instead of being embarrassed by the fact that my personal interpretations of life in Ethiopia had been read by strangers I was amazed; amazed that people who didn’t even know me could find entertainment and an understanding of my life. So, I figured what the hell. I’ll blog my silly little stories for all to see; judge if you want, I don’t really care. After 6 months in country I’ve got thicker skin than an African elephant!