Over the years, blogs have developed into a simple, accessible means for people to express themselves. At first, I wasn’t very receptive to them: troubled people, I thought, used them to pour out their hearts, their problems or their hatreds, while others responded sympathetically or disparagingly. But eventually I came to realize that they can be used for whatever you want them to be. Whether you’re a lonely housewife complaining about changing babies’ diapers or a scholar writing about their field or interest, blogging can be for anyone and about anything.
I can blog, too, I thought. It doesn’t have to be personal. It doesn’t have to be creative. So I began by writing referenced essays about an area which I studied many years ago for my first degree – the Far East (and a bit of India, too). As a tennis fan, I started up another blog about players and issues in that field of sport. I found that I enjoyed writing and that it wasn't so difficult. And now I feel a lot freer about writing and in a blog like this one I don't even need the security of references to substantiate my ideas and claims.
The Writer's Drawer is intended for people like me who didn't think they could write but found they can, and of course, to encourage those who lack the confidence to show their work. I think that my experience proves that everyone can do a bit more than post a thought on a Facebook wall or Twitter a few phrases and symbols. So, don't be shy (or anal-retentive) and release it - and post or publish it, preferably on this site!