My first poems were written in 7th grade English class, where we were forced to try creative writing. My poems sucked, and I never shared them with anyone except the teacher.
I had a writing teacher in college who inspired me to try again. I had become better with words, but I was still afraid to share for fear of ridicule.
Now I have been writing off and on for 12 years, and I have some pretty good poems (and some pretty bad ones). I decided to make a blog with the poetry, stories, and a little non-fiction thrown in.