It’s nice to meet you.
The time has arrived. I know that you all have been waiting with bated breath for my first post. “Who is this Katie? She seems so mysterious with her vague profile description and smiling photo. Is that even her in the photo? She could be anyone!”
…it is me! And right here I could give you a nice, sane, non-character limited description of myself, or I could provide something even better…a couple of the painstakingly-crafted blurbs that I used on previous dating profiles:
1.) “Award-winning aunt of 9 humans and 1 dog. Equal parts sweet + sarcastic. CO native who doesn’t know how to ski/snowboard…let’s talk about it. Other topics: live music, coffee, playing “No Diggity” mashups, dogs, sushi, why my Spotify list is mostly comedians, breweries, brunch, hikes and camping.”
2.) “What to say? I love all things wonderful, including but not limited to dogs, sushi, yoga, live music, belly laughs, being in the sunshine, craft brews, coffee, sarcasm, and great conversation. #justbeingbasic. Always up for a good adventure.”
3.) “What’s important to me? Being genuine and kind (to others and myself), quick to laugh, optimistic, and open to new things and adventure. I can hold my own in a game of ping pong, a spelling bee, and a music open mic night. I sometimes write, I sometimes read, and I always look for a reason to laugh (stand up comedy, anyone?). CO native spoiled by the sunshine.”
Still with me? Great, because that was a weird time in my life. I’m happy to give honest reviews of all of the dating platforms that I tried and which one is my favorite. If you need a hint, it’s one that didn’t limit profile character count. I love words, and was slowly losing my mind finding the wittiest concoction under 300 characters that would land me a partner for life. No pressure, right?
There’s a danger to condensing yourself too much.
I joined Medium in 2018 after being inspired by the amazingly humorous and intelligent writings of my sister-in-law Sarah Lofgren. Since then, I realize that I’ve been lurking…always taking in content and being too afraid to post anything. But why?
Similar to the dating scene, I felt the pressure to say the “right” or “positive” or “good” or “accepted” thing. But there are no guarantees. When you are writing, you are putting yourself out there. And I always strive to be the most genuine person that I can be in both word and action. I’m hoping that joining can help me to be more brave with my writing.
I have no idea what the world of Medium entails for me, but I’m excited to form a community instead of screaming into the void of my small blog (I still love you, blog!). Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the occasional encouraging comment from my mom or my one friend who diligently reads, but it’ll be nice to get actual feedback. How do people I don’t know interact with my writing? What shape will my writing take in this public platform?
We shall see. Let’s begin!