Knock, knock, is anyone there??

It has been about 3 years since I posted anything to this blog, even longer since I did a lot of posting. There are several reasons why I stopped posting.

I got busy at work and at home and did not have a lot of time to post. .

I ran out of things to say. It turns out to be hard to keep coming up with new material. When one starts blogging it seems like there are too many things to say but eventually one runs out of new thoughts. I seemed to be repeating myself.

It all seemed sort of unnecessary and dull. There are lots of interesting YouTube TG posters with videos that are way more accessible than a written blog. There are thousands of TGs on Facebook posting everyday. TGs are now out in public without apology. They even get their own TV shows and appear on the cover of major magazines. I doubted whether  the thoughts and experiences of one semi “out” TG added anything to the conversation.

I was also sort of disappointed with the lack of comments to my postings. I wrote and wrote and seldom got any feedback. I have come to realize that lack of comments means almost nothing. I follow several really great TG (and other) blogs that also seem to get virtually no comments. I also realized that I seldom comment on other blogs, even those I follow daily, and so comments (or the lack thereof) mean almost nothing.

Finally, sloth…I just got lazy

So why do I want to start blogging again?

First, Donald Trump was elected President and his follows want LGBT folks to disappear from public view. By writing this blog I am refusing to disappear. I will be one more voice  that will not go away. I know I am just one person but presenting my thoughts and activities will add to all the LGBT voices and make sure we don’t just go away like they want us to.

Second, it will be a way I can record all the activities and adventures I have experienced as a part-time TG girl. The last 3-4 years have been a wonderful time for me. I have gone out as Robin more than ever before and done things I could have never dreamed of doing (and some I may have  had nightmares about,  such getting stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer for a traffic offense) . I have also gotten much more comfortable in my “femme skin” than ever before. Given my life situation, I am unlikely ever to transition to full time but at this point I am as comfortable in girl mode as I am in boy mode. For a long time I felt oddly limited when in girl mode. I enjoyed it but lacked a certain confidence in being out. I went to lots of places but also avoided others.   I just want to write down what I have been doing and hopefully others will find it interesting and maybe a bit encouraging.

Writing things down will also help me to remember all the wonderful times I have had, both alone as well as with good friends.

Third, it will be a place where I can write about TG (and nonTG) things that interest me. I changed the title of my blog from “part time robin” to just “Robin Elaine’s blog”. In the past I wrote about just TG things but now I want to write about more than that. our new president, the next few years will be challenging for everyone and I want a place where I can write about it. Even if no one reads it, it will feel good to get my thoughts out.

I hope to write something a couple of times a week but we will see how things go. I have lots of “adventures” from the last 3 years that I want to get down in writing and so I may be living in the past for a while but I hope to mix both new and old adventures to keep things interesting.

–Robin

 

 

 

 

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Calie
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 08:41:46

    Hi Robin. Good to see you back.

    You are spot-on about comments. Some posts bring them out of the woodwork and some, while widely read just don’t result in comments. Most featured posts on T-Central have well over 1000 page views. Probably about a third of those actually click on the link to the featured post. If the post is an emotional subject, the comments usually come.

    Got you re-listed.

    Calie

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  2. Pat Scales
    Jan 03, 2017 @ 12:25:30

    Robin
    I will look forward to what you have to say. I may even comment from time to time. Whether I comment is based on the time I have to post comments and whether I think I have an opinion in support or contrary to to post.
    One thing that has me perplexed is the number of TG bloggers who seem to have a hatred or fear of Trump. I am in New York so Trump has been a part of our landscape for a long time. He has built a great business and people who have worked with him seem to respect him as a fair and just business man. Hard nosed and very hard working.
    In my guy life I had a few pleasant encounters years ago with him and on a professional basis the people in his organization have been hard working and fair minded and like him tough negotiators. I know that he had many women working in his companies as well as a good number of minorities, including LGBT folks.
    To my knowledge the only comments he has made relative to the TG community was when he was aksed about what bathroom should be used if Caitlyn Jenner were to come to one of his facilities and he simply commented “She can use any bathroom she should choose in any of my facilities”. At the time he had interests throughout the US and in other parts of the world.
    I am willing to wait and see what happens after 1/20 but I am not fearful in the least that Trump will turn against LGBT issues or people.
    Pat

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    • Robin Elaine Blog
      Jan 04, 2017 @ 22:53:42

      Hi Pat, thanks for the comment. I hope to make this a blog tjat os worth your time to read it.

      As for why lots of us are concerned about LGBT issues and Trump, I think has to more to do with the people who supported him and who are being appointed to his administratino than it is about him. He is clearly a NY businessman and has no doubt learned to deal with all sorts of people. He may be insulting and mean, but does so in a nondiscrimintory way (i.e. he treats all types of people equally badly). However when he picks someone like Pence to be his VP, Sessions for Justice, Carson for HUD, etc. things get scary as they have a long history of hostility to LGBT issues. The best we hopeful is that people in his administration will be indifferent to LGBT issues and not actively hostile. Trump may be the only person in his administration that supports gay marriage. There has already been some fallout. For example the insurance board in Wisconsin is preparing to remove coverage for gender identity treatments in anticipation of a change in federal rules that mandate such coverage. I expect more such retrenchment once federal rules change and control is handed back to the states. There is little concern for folks in states like California or NY but being TG in many states is about to get a lot more difficult.

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  3. Tess Williams
    Jan 04, 2017 @ 07:53:26

    Welcome back Robin. I’ve been doing a lot of blog reading over the last several months, and even started my own. T-Central has been my go-to source to find new blogs to read and see updates . . . That’s how I got here. Happy new year!

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