The Truth is Stranger Than Fiction - An Introduction

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction - An Introduction

My first foray into the Social Networking world was some years ago, in 2005 I believe, with Yahoo. They had a site called Yahoo 360° that was their own attempt at MySpace, which, at the time, was all the rage. I hadn't been bitten by the MySpace bug yet, but I was already an active member of Yahoo, so to get my feet wet, I set up a Yahoo 360° profile.

Blogging was an extremely attractive prospect to me. I love to write, I love to give myself that type of "outlet" to my problems, fears, joys, and experiences. I've kept diaries and journals off and on over the years and they've always been therapeutic when I took the time to keep them up. But this... a public diary? How do I approach such a thing? How much do I divulge? And what, praytel, do I write about that would actually entice people to read it?

Browsing thru existing blogs, one thing was an absolute MUST: I could not, would not, write about mundane things that no one but myself would care about. I needed an angle-- Something that I could write passionately about. Something that people, in general, have an interest in. Something that would grab the attention of the public. And something that had a "theme." I found that, to me personally, a blog that jumped around all over the place was difficult to read. A theme would keep me in check, and allow me to focus, rather than a stream of conscious that I was sure would bore to death anyone who came across my page.

The idea came to me fairly quickly. I was newly divorced and discovering the delights and annoyances of being single and dating in my 30's. It was perfect!
Love, sex, relationships, dating... The overall general interaction between men and women has always been a fascination and a sure-fire hit to our society, if not our entire species! I had my topic, I was ready to roll...

Yahoo has since shut down their 360° forum, and the experience I had there was both rewarding and therapeutic. So I am going to retell my adventures in a retro-active tale here, and see if I can gather the same, if not bigger, audience I did there. Maybe I can even get inspired enough to bring the whole thing up to date and wrap it all up into a happy ending? We shall see...

So, here we go! Hello, my name is Jennifer. I am 37 years old and I've been divorced just over 6 years now. Fasten your seat belts, boys and girls, it's gonna be one hell of a ride!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Setting the Tone

So, it is probably important to illustrate one "cutesy" little nuance about this upcoming adventure.  Most, if not all, of my potential suitors were told about the blog.  It was never a secret, it was never meant to be some sort of expos√©, and it most certainly was not meant to invade on anyone else's privacy, with the exception of my own.

However, keeping anonymity in check could pose a potential problem.  Sometimes the smallest thing could give away someone's identity.  I could divulge nothing specifically personal; about looks, where they lived, family life, or even the type of car he drove.  I would use no names, of course, but how would my readers (not to mention me!) relate to each character, when they didn't even have names?  Use their occupation as a name?  Nooooo...  The chances I might have a date with more than one lawyer, or more than one police officer were so great it was almost a certainty.

I fumbled through the first several entries.  I tried to keep each date confined to one entry, but it didn't take long before I realized there would be return appearances after I'd already written an entry, thinking it would be closed.  Then the solution was presented to me from the most peculiar source.  One of the men I met, and even though we never quite hit it off romantically, we did want to be friends and remain so to this day.  I was even invited to his wedding.  :)

He suggested that I choose Disney character names to tag each man.  This way, I had an almost endless list of options to choose from, and I could further personalize each one by choosing a character that mirrored the personality, or looks, or both, of each one.  It was fabulous!  And it was perfect!

I had my topic, I had my theme, and I had more material, and the ability to acquire more material, than I could ever possibly write about.  This was gonna be fun....

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