It seems I have overcome that fear. I have found a handful of kindred spirits who encourage me to write and write often. They do offer criticism as well, but they have yet to mock me, and the criticism is usually constructive. I started a writing group with said friends, I joined the Northern Colorado Writers, and I self published a book. So of course I am starting a blog.
I now carry a little notebook on my person at all times in which to jot down interesting factoids, names, bits of conversation, poems regarding the horrors of goat cheese, or fanciful ideas that hit me as I wait in line at the sandwich shop.
Of course, my name appears no where in said notebook, and I am sure that I would disavow any knowledge of it if it fell into the wrong hands. Anyway, I plan to post some short stories and what not here for those who are interested. So check it out from time to time, and don't forget to let me know if you are reading. Even if it is to poke some fun at me.