How It Started
I mostly stumbled into blogging. My decision process was short and something along the lines of, “What the heck, I can do a blog. Yeah… that could be fun!”
But then I was faced with the real question: What on earth am I going to write about? Hmmm…. For my first post, I ended up writing about not knowing what to write about. They say to write what you know. That about summed it up for me – all I knew was I didn’t know.
A theme, a theme, I needed a theme. What am I going to eat for dinner? Boy my nails look terrible. Hi Louis! I need to do the laundry before I go to work tomorrow. Wait, what was I doing? Oh, yeah…a theme, I need to think of a theme.
Ok. Concentrate. Write what you know, so what do I know?
I don’t know jack.
I kept thinking, “I just want to write about being a regular, average human being.” Oh, how original! But all my thoughts kept circling back to that. The problem is there really is no such animal. We are all so extraordinary in our own ways. We’re so much alike, and yet every one of us is a completely unique specimen. Each new thought led to a new question about what it really means to be human.
And then I realized it was going to be about the questions.
How many times have I asked someone, “So…Let me ask you this,”? I love to talk to people, to find out about them, what they think and feel, how they handle different situations. That’s me, asking questions – in my mind, if not out loud – and wondering why people are how they are, why they do what they do. What is their history, what are their motivations? So many questions to be asked!
So, that is my blog. Even when I’m just talking about my day, in the back of my mind there is the question, “Why?” Why did I do this, why did I say this, why did I act this way, why did I feel this way? Why did the other person do, say, act or feel that way?
I eventually changed the name from Let me ask you this… to Steadily Skipping Stones. I had called myself skippingstones from the beginning, and I had chosen steadilyskippingstones as my address. Whenever anyone referenced my blog, that’s what they’d call it, so I figured I’d better start calling it that, too. Interestingly, that name fits better anyway. But you can read about that here.