Beyond the Plus Sign

In a recent bout of what I’m going to call insomnia (I’m not certain it is, but it sure seems that way) I had the crippling realization that my life is just sort of plain. Wake up, go to class, read for the next class, go to sleep, repeat. University has brought more structure to my life, sure, however it’s proven to become more and more stale as I go through it. Thankfully I’m into my second semester and summer will soon be right around the corner, but already immediately after the winter break I’ve found myself in the same boring routine, spiced up by a little bit of a twisted sleeping schedule.

Within the realization of my utterly stale weekly routine, I decided that starting a new project to dedicate some time to would probably help to reduce the boredom. I’ve wanted to run a blog for a while, but I’ve never had an idea for what to have a blog on. I’ve never been excessively interested in something; at least not to the point of writing a whole blog on it. Recently though I’ve realized that I do have an excessive interest in something: myself. I know that sounds egotistical, but hold onto your seat for a moment. I don’t mean this to say “I only care about myself because I’m so incredibly interesting that nothing else could possibly be better than me,” I mean it more like “there is a particularly big aspect of my identity that provides a pretty decent topic to have a blog on.” Essentially, my excessive interest lies mainly in a community I’m part of, not myself.

The title “Beyond the Plus Sign” came to me before the entire idea behind the blog came together. I’m sure at this point, it being 2016 and all, a lot of people are aware of what LGBT means. Of course, there are tons more letters to that acronym, but because acronyms are supposed to be short and sweet it becomes simplified now into LGBTQ+. While Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender are clearly the most well-known and accepted orientations, beyond the plus sign lie an abundance of other titles. Two of which I would like to draw the most attention to are Pansexual/romantic and Asexual, as these are the two categories I personally fit into. “Beyond the Plus Sign” is my clever way of expressing my experiences with identifying with two of the most ‘invisible’ orientations.

I figured I may as well make a formal introductory post while my self-diagnosed insomnia keeps me up a little longer. I’m really excited about this blog as it gives me something new to do with my life as well as give me an area to talk about my experiences and challenges with being in the ace community as well as the pan community. A fair warning that not all my posts will be as formal as this one should be given out; as a member of two invisible identities I can’t promise you that they will all be polite or very formal in any way. But hey, as you’ll come to notice (hopefully), it’s all a part of my charm.

I appreciate the time anyone has taken to read this post and I doubly appreciate anyone who decides to take time out their beautiful lives to follow me on my “adventures” so to speak. Thank you all very much. Enjoy your lives folks.

-Max

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