Mike reads my blog from time to time, plus I’ve talked to him about the fact my greatest joy in blogging is ruminating on my thoughts and happenings in life. I enjoy sharing my thoughts, feelings, motivations, and interpretations of something a lot more than I enjoy sharing the specifics of that something. Mike commented that he thinks this was a “vulnerability thing.” Okay, so Mike is not one to ponder philosophically. He tends to just to succinctly sum things up in a few, but accurate, words.
I had to delve into what all he meant by this but when i asked him he simply said, “It isn’t important what it means to me, it’s whether it means anything to you. You think about it and tell me what you think it might mean. ” His retort floored me. This was very un-Mike like. It had this sensei flair to it, this enigmatic statement that I had to unravel and find my own meaning. But, I appreciated the response as I took it as a self-reflection challenge, and I like to be self-reflective and I like a good challenge.
So here’s my thoughts on Mike’s comment. The pre-DD Jenny thrived on control, was measured in what she did and said, and only portrayed to others a limited version of herself to avoid potential negative critique. I am proud to have shed most of those pre-DD habits, but, parts of that still linger.
I am fully vulnerable to Mike, and while the type of vulnerability we give to our partner is not the type you would give to everyone, there is an element of vulnerability that you should be willing to give to those around you. It is about being authentic. By being authentic, you might rub some people the wrong way, but so what? The flip side is by being authentic, your relationships become founded on authenticity. You connect to people as you really are, and hopefully as they really all. The result is a deeper and more meaningful and fulfilling connection. It is much better to have fewer, authentic and meaningful relationships with friends and family, then to have many superficial ones based on less than your true self.
I’ve shared before that vulnerability has been like a drug to me. I love it, I crave it, and I’ve slowly become more vulnerable to those around me. There is Mike of course, who my vulnerability has no limits. Then there was John and Donna, and then Kayla. They get the full and unedited version of Jenny. I believe it is my comfort and confidence in being vulnerable that led me to tell my sisters about my DD lifestyle. (Post 116. Revealing DD to my sisters). It is also what led me to tell a group of my girlfriends about Mike and I “swinging.” (Post 132. Good Grove / Bad Move). And it has led to my overall sense of comfort and confidence in my choices.
I am vulnerable when it comes to my blog, but I definitely be more so. THAT was Mike’s point with his comment. I know the ultimate in vulnerability would be to post more identifiable personal details complete with pictures. But frankly, that would be opening myself up to be revealed to any and all people. Maybe some day, but for now I am not ready for that, nor is Mike. Short of that, I could be more forthcoming with things I do or the things that happen to me that currently I may omit, or infer or lightly touch on but not in much detail.
A good example is our soaping punishment routine, although I’ve only received two. Part of this routine is rinsing not with water, but with pee. I have not blatantly stated that detail because of concern of what you may think of me. I know it is silly to be worried about what readers think after sharing so much, but, I found it difficult to share that particular detail. Well, it’s shared now!
Mike is correct, it is a “vulnerability thing.” Each time I have shared a punishment with you I mention I am not one for sharing those details. Part of me worries about what people will think – think about me, think about Mike. I would rather write about the positive impact it had, versus share the specifics and leave it to you to conclude what the impact was. So, that’s my response to Mike regarding what I think he meant by it being a “vulnerability thing.” I shouldn’t be so resistant to being vulnerable to you.
This doesn’t mean I am suddenly over it. But, I will try hard to focus on being even more transparent on my blog, especially when it comes to punishments. This isn’t something I have to do. Mike doesn’t require it of me, and I don’t specifically require it of myself. However, I do believe it helps in strengthening and maintaining a submissive mindset. It is more about being more disciplined in my vulnerability and not allowing old habits in. And that IS something I want.
ONE YEAR OLD BLOG
Switching gears – my blog just turned one year old a few days ago. Thank you to everyone who reads, likes, and comments. I am close to 100,000 views and about 18,000 visitors. I like it that I get 5 to 6 views per visitor each month as it means to me that people are intrigued enough to read multiple posts. Writing this continues to be very fulfilling, and now, perhaps more so as I strive to be even more vulnerable in my future posts. And I took notice that by far the most visited post is Post 25. Intense Spanking Part II, about twice as many as the next visited post (Post 12. Our DD Contract). You kinksters seem to like to read about punishments!
I’ll take that under advisement. Ultimately I blog for me, but I like it when others like it, and I also like the vulnerability of it. I just have to remind myself that sharing details of a punishment is an act of vulnerability, thus an act of submission. That should be plenty of motivation for me to enjoy doing so. But even with that motivation, my greatest pleasure in blogging is still from waxing philosophically about being a submissive wife and living the wife-swapping polyamourous Domestic Discipline lifestyle that I live.
NEXT: 135. Kayla and me.