So I’d made the leap and decided to write…but, as many of you know, it turns out you can’t just jump in and start a blog. The first giant hurdle to putting what you write out into the universe: Name It.
Choosing a title probably would have been simpler if I’d intended to write a single focus blog; that would at least narrow choices down to words related to my field. But I knew I’d be writing from all areas of my life: my childhood, my life experiences, my family, race issues, pets, parenting, adoption, education, writing, health, current events, and life in general…since I’d be casting a pretty broad net I didn’t really want to target any one topic in the blog name.
But what on earth do you call a blog about everything?! Scattered thoughts? Word combustion? Unable to commit?
A few people helped me kick around ideas and there were a handful I really liked, but they were already taken. Back to the brainstorming board we went…
Now I’m here and people have asked how I ended up with “Riddle from the Middle.” Here’s the thing: I readily own my quirks and eccentricities. The unique idiosyncrasies that I often find amusing can also make life with me somewhat, well, difficult. I am empathetic, passionate, competitive, and creative. I can also be emotional, unpredictable, fierce, and stubborn. Often I am many things, seemingly contradictory, all in the same day. Thus the Riddle.
As for the rest, I am the middle child of my family. I found a birth order article by Dr. Gail Gross very interesting (“The Achiever, the Peacemaker, and the Life of the Party: How Birth Order Affects Personality”, HuffPost Parents Blog, 2/22/14). In part, the article states:
The Middle Child: The Peacemaker
If you are a middle child, you are probably understanding, cooperative and flexible, yet competitive. You are concerned with fairness. In fact, as a middle child, you are likely to pick an intimate circle of friends to represent your extended family. It is here that you will find the attention likely lacking in your family of origin. As a middle child, you receive the least amount of attention from family and as a result, this family of your choice is your compensation.
All true, and yet I know there is a lot more to me than just this. None of us can be summed up neatly in a paragraph or two, especially not when this world has had more than four decades to influence my personality and world view. Given all that, Riddle from the Middle seemed a pretty apt description for such an eclectic blog…