I’m sitting across from Brenda, my therapist.Â
Therapist:Â So, how did you feel about i?
Neil:Â I was a little upset at her.
Therapist:Â So what did you do?
Neil:Â I withdrew.Â I went into my room and wrote.Â That made me feel better.Â I think I do that too much.Â I did that as a kid a lot.Â I was an only child.Â I always felt most comfortable just sitting around writing something.
Therapist:Â What did you write last night?
Neil:Â I wrote a silly blog post titled “If I Was Married to Hellga of American Gladiators.”
Neil:Â Although no one reading it would know, I was probably venting about Sophia…
Therapist:Â So, writing this blog is an important outlet for you.
Neil:Â I suppose so.
Therapist:Â Maybe it is a form of therapy for you.Â A way for you to think about things.Â What do you mostly write about?
Neil:Â All different things.Â Mostly funny things.Â About Sophia.Â I’ve even written about you. I mean not real stuff.Â Well, sort of real.Â I use different names for you, and your image has changed as time has gone on.Â In the beginning, I made you into a hot babe therapist.Â Once I wrote about being distracted because your legs were showing.Â
Neil:Â Yeah.Â Silly stuff.Â But you do have nice legs.Â Jesus, I can’t believe I’m telling my therapist that she has nice legs.Â Sorry.
Therapist:Â It’s OK.
Neil:Â But I’ve also written more serious stuff about therapy, like that I’m not an “adult” yet.
Therapist:Â I’ve never done this with another client, but your blog seems a large part of your life.Â Your fantasy life.Â Do you think it would be a good idea if I read your blog?
Neil:Â Oh, I was under the assumption that you had been reading it.Â I even wrote about that.
Therapist:Â No, I wouldn’t read it unless you asked me too.Â Do you want me to?
Neil:Â Sure.Â Why not?
Therapist:Â I don’t know too much about blogs?Â How do people find you?Â
Neil:Â It’s sort of complicated.
Therapist:Â Do a lot of people come to the blog?
Neil:Â Well, it depends.Â Right now I have a lot of people coming because I’m hosting this interview thing where people interview each other, but I have no idea how many of them are actually READING aything I write.
Therapist:Â Let’s make next week a special one.Â We’ll sit by the computer together and you’ll show me some of what you write on your blog.Â I want you to show me things that can best help me understand you better.Â Let’s make your blog part of therapy, since it seems to already be like that.Â Or print outÂ five posts that you want me to read.
Neil:Â OK, but you DO realize I’m going to write about this on my blog tonight?
Therapist:Â I have no doubt.