Friday, October 5, 2007

Why a Blog?

As I mentioned in my Welcome, I have actually been a reader and writer of blogs for a while. Some time ago, I stumbled upon the first two I had read by openly gay authors: Josh and Josh and InnerJoeJoe. I wasn't looking for "gay blogs" per se, I just liked what these guys were doing.

Needless to say, I soon discovered that there were lots of guys out there that were writing about going through the things I'd been grappling with. It was good to see that I was not alone. Some of those blogs will now be added to the list I will keep here.

In September, I happened upon A Boy's Life in Utah through a link on IJJ. I was immediately struck by the courage of the kid...to be going through the coming out process in a place where being anything but straight is probably a major no-no...I mean, you do not get much more conservative than Utah.

As I read his posts, I was inspired to start putting my own story so far into words. I started writing in a Word document about how I got to where I am at this point in the process. I knew I wanted to turn it into a blog, but it needed to be more anonymous than my main blog. So, I took the time to create a new account and "Figuring Myself Out" was born.

3 comments:

Joe said...

Thank you for listing my blog and comparing me to Josh&Josh. Anyone can list my blog on their blogroll, but Josh&Josh (along with Towleroad) are my blog idols and you saying you like what we do is cool.
I hope this blog goes well for you, coming out through a blog can be cathartic.

Cody said...

Ah, so familiar! I got into this whole thing by reading Micifus (which has now become a private blog... boohiss!). I typed up a looooong email and sent it to him knowing full well that he'd probably never respond. That email then got rolled into my "my life so far" post.

Looking forward to reading your blog, B.

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