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my little addiction

I fear I’ve become a little addicted to this blog.

It’s been a combination of journal, gender theory presentation and steam blowing exercise. When I go back and read the first entries I know the tone has changed and my reasons for beginning it are not quite the same as for now continuing.

There are countless blogs out there and I don’t want this one to just be about chronicling my life. In other words, I don’t want this to be a Facebook equivalent. I will leave that to others.

I am interested in what this condition does to people’s lives; how it shapes their reality and the things they do to adapt. I am intrigued by its origins and, in trying to understand myself, hopefully bring some perspective to others who are also searching for answers.

It’s not about a cure but about life management. It’s always about life management really.

I had been thinking about taking a short sabbatical from writing but I find that I cannot. It has become a little crutch for me now and, in good times and bad, it will continue as long as I have words that come to me.

Maybe the last few entries have been disjointed but the entries often reflect a state of mind. They reflect where I am that day and we all have good days and bad. Such is the nature of our existence.


  1. Ms Santos:

    Thank you very much for your blog. I would like to know if it would be possible to have my blog, "", posted in yours. I will happily place your blog where it will be placed, Mine is a newsblog especially suited to transgenders, with lesser emphasis on the LGBTQ community.

    Thank you for your consideration.


  2. Emily I tried to go to your blog but blogger says it does not exist...I cannot link to it...

  3. Hi Joanna,

    I think you and I are alike in that I am also all about words. I keep a journal. I don't write every day, but if I don't write for more than a few days, I get very tense and cranky.

    The simple act of writing is soothing and centering for me. In addition, the process of organising thoughts on paper helps me to crystallise my thoughts. If there is something I am trying to work out, I find that writing it down really helps me to find clarity.

    So I completely understand your desire to write your blog. Keep it up!


  4. thank you very much for the feedback Vivienne. I very much have enjoyed reading yours...


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