Here I am, blogging again for the first time in eight months, and already it’s clear to see that it will be different this time around. Before anything else, I would like to get something off my chest: this blog will decidedly have NO direction, and I have NO idea how well I can write in this style, for this setting. Whew, okay, that was easier than I thought…

Now that the pressure is off, and I can feel comfortable with failure, I’ll share with you the reason for my uncertainty. Though I’ve done a lot of writing in my day and even had a blog once, I haven’t written like this before. I wrote for the DTH as a columnist, which is somewhat similar, and I’ve written a couple of novels, which is not at all.

The one time I blogged, I was in Europe and writing about my travels. Man, was that easy. The hardest part of writing that blog was not finding material to write about, but rather chopping a book’s worth of travel experience up into a few 400-word segments. I often had to pick and choose just the very best parts to do my trip any justice at all.

Alas, today I find myself in a different position. No longer do I have an indefinite pool of inspiration to draw from; I’ll have to rely on my wits and my instincts to find topics that readers find worthwhile. At the moment, I’m considering such categories as: philosophy, politics, world culture, environmental science, popular media, psychology, and random pet peeves. Ambitious, I know.

Admittedly, I am new at this. But before you write me off quicker than I myself can, remember well the wise words of Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”  True, I don’t know what form this wet clay of creativity lying in my hands will take; but if I have learned anything in my many years as a writer, it is to trust your instincts blindly and then learn as you go.

Don’t know what to expect from me? Honestly, neither do I. For one thing, I am weird.  I don’t expect any of you to share my views or my opinions, but I will exercise my right to express them here.  I do have a wide range of interests and I’m very curious by nature.  I am brimming with random ideas that may or may not make sense—I’ll let you be the judge. Either way, rest assured that I’ll do my best to make for an interesting and entertaining read.

Despite my uncertainties, I am very much looking forward to writing this blog, and I hope you will enjoy it as well.

– Tim Freer