New blog, old blog

For a long time (about a year) I avoided saying anything personal on the internet, even paying attention to captions on photographs – dare they be too emotional or revealing.

While I realise that there are boundaries to what we share online, I found that both my writing and confidence had dried up. I love writing. I love it more than I enjoy doing anything else. Last week, I decluttered my bedroom and found my old journals. Diaries that I’d lovingly written and kept since 1998. I paged and cringed and giggled through them and my heart burned to write again. To translate my heart within the framework of words again. To whisper those tiny secrets to paper again.

So I bought a journal, I opened this blog again… and I’ve decided to set boundaries. There are so many brilliant writers/bloggers in South Africa and beyond. Our favourite posts are never really the travel ones, or the recipes and how-to lists. My favourite bloggers are the ones who share their feelings and experiences with me. The ones who make me laugh with their candid, unapologetic honesty. That’s  what I want to read. That’s what I want to write about.

Both my children can read now, and both have intermittent access to the internet. While it’s controlled access, I can’t guarantee that they won’t ever google me (or themselves) and find my blog. There are so many letters on here that I’ve written to them and sung their praises. I fear their tiny egos would never recover, so let’s hope that they don’t find them just yet. Either way –

I would never (and have never) written about my children’s private lives. I would never write anything negative about their dad (I save this information for lengthy whatsapps to him personally, when he annoys me). I would never write about anything that my kids don’t know about or don’t fully understand. It would feel like a form of betrayal, so I’m just not comfortable with it.

I would never write about anything that I don’t completely understand. Like… anything to do with geography, the solar system, bitcoin… or love.

But I’m here to share stories. Real ones. I’m here to talk about the issues that we all grapple with. I’m not an expert (on literally anything) but I’d like to talk about how I do, feel and see things – personally. So anyway… Let’s chat.

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  • Mareli

    December 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Yay!!!!! I love your writing, my darling. And I am so happy you’re back! Your posts are so honest and rings so true in my life. We’ve always shared the same experiences (kind of) and it made me feel like I’m not going through this s**t alone. It really does help. Love you. And please keep writing. Xxxx

  • Marlize

    December 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Hi Natasha…I love your blog and writings (which I stumbled upon after my own divorce)! You speak from the heart and it echoes raw truth and honesty. The world needs that. Looking forward to newness and honest experiences from you in 2018. Many blessings!

    • Natasha Clark

      December 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm Reply

      2018 is going to be amazing! I can’t wait. Thanks for following xx

  • Tammy Gagnepain

    December 27, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Happy happy…

    I’ve so missed you posts, lets be honest we love the real stuff…that’s what we want to read and relate to.
    Miss this Blog so so much
    Keep writing, its what you have always done. Its what makes Tash Tash xxxx

    • Natasha Clark

      December 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for the support Tam. It’s so good to be BACK!

  • Caley

    December 28, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply

    YAY! It’s so good to have you back – and i have always loved and been inspired by your writing. I couldn’t agree more that the best blog posts are the real and raw ones x

    • Natasha Clark

      December 31, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

      Thanks so much Caley. It’s SO GOOD to be back. I feel so inspired for the new posts that I’m already writing in my head x

  • Tammy Perry

    December 28, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply

    Welcome back, girl!! You have been missed! ❤️

    • Natasha Clark

      December 31, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

      Ah Tam it’s SO GOOD to be back. Thank you xxx

  • Bailey Schneider

    December 29, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

    I can’t wait! I so agree with this: “The ones who make me laugh with their candid, unapologetic honesty. That’s what I want to read. That’s what I want to write about.” …. Whenever I have spilled my vulnerability out onto the (digital) page, as scared as I am to press “publish”, whenever I have, the response has been wonderfully overwhelming! Here’s to a refreshing, open and honest 2018! x

    • Natasha Clark

      December 31, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply

      I still read your blog Bailey and I LOVE your latest posts. Thanks for the support babe

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