You, my supportgroup

Ever wanted to know why I persist in writing this blog? So do I from time to time. Back in the days I was already reading and commenting on a lot of blogs, primarily written by non-binary trans persons since that’s how I identified back then, but they were all in English and I missed this kind of blogs in Swedish. So I created the blog I wanted to read myself, thinking I wasn’t alone wanting to read a blog like this in Swedish. As it turned out, 99% of my readers were non-swedes using google translate to try to comprehend what I was writing. And google translate being what it is I don’t think they understand much. So, after blogging in Swedish for a few months I translated everything and began to write my posts in English instead (lucky you… I think…) 

I’ve always been a very creative person, I started out as a dancer and a musician but when illness stopped me from practicing literally over night I kind of went mad from not being able to express myself fully. After a few years of doing nothing I took up painting but with a full time job, a family, dogs, friends and a child I don’t feel like I have time for painting anymore. I mean I easily loose myself for a whole day when I paint… Writing this blog has given me an outlet for my creative side. It keeps me sane while allowing me to spend as much time as possible with those that matter the most to me – my family. 

What I love about blogging, and what drives me to produce texts every week (well, almost anyway), is the feedback I get from you. You have so much knowledge and wise things to say and every comment makes me feel closer to you. In a part of the world where support groups are scarce that means a lot! A lot, a lot! I feel that all of you are part of my personal support group and the best thing is that I can “meet” you whenever I need to. Of course I hope that you get something out of reading/commenting my posts to!

My aim is to keep this blog for many years to come, and with medical transitioning progressing so slowly I don’t think I will run out of things to write about anytime soon. However I do think about what else to write about. Transitioning in all its glory, but there’s so much more to life. Unfortunately I doubt that you would be interested in reading about anything else in my life as it is quite mundane. But maybe I’m wrong, if there’s anything you’re dying to know about me or if there’s anything you would want me to write about please let me know in the comments!

Now I have a confession to make. I have a secret dream that my blogging magically will open doors for me to become an public speaker. I’m not even sure that I really want it or that I would like it, I did give up teaching for a reason, but the idea of being a lecturer really appeals to me and I look up to the public speakers that I know. They seem to have a very fun job that bring joy to many other people, and I want to be just as cool as they are. I just had to get that of my chest, thanks for listening.

11 thoughts on “You, my supportgroup

  1. I remember trying to read the Google translate version, and it was stilted – I could get the gist but not the nuance. I write for many of the same reasons – and as annoyed as Donna is by the amount of time I spend writing and reading, it is way better than the amount of time I used to spend fretting or trying to talk to her about it or feeling like no one understood me at all.
    In terms of what to write about, whatever is on your mind and what you worry about.

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    • It must have been hilarious to read the Google-version as I tend to use a lot of parables in Swedish that aren’t necessary translatable. It must have seemed like there’s suddenly random words in the middle of the text. I’m so happy you started to read my blog, it really was the kickstarter I needed!

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  2. I blog for similar reasons, although I started with English and kept with it because I thought that maybe a Finnish version wouldn’t have much readership. I compensate by occasionally writing in a Finnish forum for trans masculine folks.

    Would you happen to have those Swedish versions stashed somewhere? Often I get the urge to brush up my Swedish but can’t think of anything I’d like to read for it. So if not, any book suggestions? 🙂

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    • I didn’t keep any of the texts in Swedish, I didn’t see the point since they’re all translated…
      I’m a member in a FB group, discussing FtX questions in Swedish. It’s great for many things, but as a support group it doesn’t really make the cut. I have an IRL group I visit irregularly, it’s quite far away and with everything else in life I find it hard to make time to go there. Traveling for four hours back and forth to be able to meet the people in the group for two hours is hard to justify with a baby in the house.

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  3. I love your blog, and I follow it because I like you and find you really interesting, so I’d be happy to read about other things you want to write about!

    Having essentially rebooted my blog with a new start, I’ve been wondering about branching into other content too. I really like writing in general and I’m always wondering about whether I should try expand it, or keep it small and personal. Hmm…

    Anyway, I think you would make a great public speaker. I could definitely see you expanding your blog as a platform and brand to talk about all sorts and going to events etc. I’m bias as I love Twitter, but maybe use social media to establish yourself using the Fredrication brand and pointing people over to the blog? Maybe I’m running away with the idea, but the point is, I think you’re great! And I look forward to whatever it is you decide to do.

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    • I feel like I’m too old for Twitter. I recognize the potential it can bring, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep it up, I have a hard time updating my FB account more than once a month. And I have a hard time comprehending how it works (not how to post and stuff, but the idea of it.


      • That’s understandable. I think different platforms appeal to different people in different ways. Personally I love Twitter, but I can’t stand Facebook. To me, Twitter has helped me meet new friends and form a little circle around me of supportive folks. Facebook on the other hand I found it stressful to maintain and just a really messy website. But I know people who think Twitter is too limiting and love how many features Facebook has.

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