Victoria NeuroNotes

Into the Gray

Confessions of a Roller Coaster Blogger

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Starting a new blog, intended to be personal in nature, has taken a while to come to fruition.  My other site is primarily about exploring the impact that environment (including culture) has on neuroplasticity, neurotransmitters, hormones, gene expression, etc.  It has provided a necessary outlet but in some respects it tends to limit me in self-expression.

For the last several months I’ve felt a stirring to evolve in the blogosphere.  I want to materialize personal thoughts, ideas, and creativity I generally keep to myself, or have only shared with a chosen few.  A few postings (perhaps more than a few) may take certain readers out of their comfort zone.  They won’t always be inspiring or uplifting, but they will be real.

Moving forward in this endeavor feels like I’m on a roller coaster ride, with surges of adrenaline followed by a sense of vulnerability and regret. Also, comments from grammar police can attribute to future writer’s block—making the journey of articulation a bit intimidating.

Until I joined the blogosphere, I didn’t realize the courage and tenacity it took to blog considering all the ups and downs,  sometimes accompanied by a soup of biochemicals that can make one feel queasy.  The following two quotes eloquently capture my sentiments about self-expression via blogging:

“How strangely do we diminish a thing as soon as we try to express it in words! We believe we have dived down to the most unfathomable depths, and when we reappear on the surface, the drop of water that glistens on our trembling finger-tips no longer resembles the sea from which it came. We believe we have discovered a grotto that is stored with bewildering treasure; we come back to the light of day, and the gems we have brought are false–mere pieces of glass–and yet does the treasure shine on, unceasingly, in the darkness!”

~ Maurice Maeterlinck, The Treasure of the Humble, trans. Alfred Sutro (1899)

and

“There is immeasurably more left inside than what comes out in words. Your thought, even a bad one, while it is with you, is always more profound, but in words it is more ridiculous”

~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

To my fellow risk-takers, thanks in advance for coming along for the ride.  Hope you like roller coasters.

Image used with permission, courtesy of Morguefile.com

© 2013 Victoria N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ

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Author: NeuroNotes

Victoria predominately blogs about religion, and the brain's role in religious type experiences.

10 thoughts on “Confessions of a Roller Coaster Blogger

  1. Your new blog looks exciting and colorful! Good job, Victoria. I am looking forward to reading about your thoughts and experiences.

    Hope you had an absolutely wonderful Birthday. May this new year bring you gifts of truth, and hope.

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  2. I am deathly afraid of roller coasters. But I’m still interested to hear what you have to say…:o)

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  3. Happy belated birthday! You share it with my daughter. 🙂

    I’m excited to read the thoughts that you share here. I adore roller-coasters and all the metaphors they carry. Loved the quotes you used!

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