“Two Frayed Strands” on Medium

mediumHave you guys heard of Medium yet? It’s the brainchild of Ev Williams and if you’ve been following his career, everything he touches turns to gold. Blogger, Twitter, and now this. You can find the link over on my social sidebar, it’s the M.  I’ve decided it’s a good spot to publish some writing that doesn’t fit within the boundaries of this blog. The following is the first paragraph from my first post “Two Frayed Strands.”

I knew something was very wrong the moment I woke up. This morning, I sort of wished I hadn’t woken up. It wasn’t that I wanted to die per se but that the well of my soul was so parched it was as if it had been millenia since water filled its walls. Anxiety filled me where a sense of self should have. I made a mental check-list of what I was supposed to do that day and the rest of the week. It all needed to go, save studying for my University finals. I would skip my classes, cancel meetings. I had nothing to give.

I was too thin of a strand to support any weight. I was too limp, frayed, too wispy and frail to even count as a whole thread, a real human being.

I rolled over and went back to sleep……

Read the rest here.

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  • http://notwithink.ca/ Beth

    a. this piece is fantastically moving. thank you for sharing.

    b. can you tell me in 2 paragraphs why I should use Medium?

    • http://jessversteeg.ca/ Jess Versteeg

      I can tell you in shorter than 2 paragraphs why I’m using it, but that may not be convincing for you. I’ve chosen to write about specific things on my blog and I want to stick to those topics, but I also want to keep writing and publish that stuff so I can gauge a few things: am I an ok writer? do people want to read what I write? do they look forward to my next post? do certain people like some kinds of writing but not others? Or whatever…

      I think Medium might be a good place to do that because it’s a forum of sorts for people to post. It’s like a group blog I guess. More motivating for me is that it’s Ev Williams who developed it and – like I said – the man is basically a genius. Even if it doesn’t seem like much right now and people aren’t totally sure how to use it (does this remind you of twitter’s early days?) it will more likely than not turn into something. Also, I’m OK with being an early adopter and if it doesn’t turn into anything I’m also OK with that.

      • http://jessversteeg.ca/ Jess Versteeg

        Turns out I didn’t do it in shorter than 2 paragraphs!

        • http://notwithink.ca/ Beth

          Ha! And thanks. 🙂 That makes sense. I will mull it over.