I am so excited! I have officially survived my first year blogging! Hard for me to believe its been a year since I started my blog and began a turnaround in my life.
I am so appreciative of all the people that have read it over the past year. It embarrasses me when people I know mention it. It’s much more comfortable sending it out there to strangers, but I love it when people reach out to me about something I wrote that affected them in some way.
Here are a few of the lessons that I learned in my first year blogging:
- I am acquiring new skills each day. My husband laughs at me when he notices me high fiving myself after I have figured out how to do something new and cool on my blog. “Learned a new trick?” he asks. Yes, in fact I have! High five me! Blogging has allowed me to learn new skills everyday. I have always considered myself a life long student and in the ever changing blogesphere I am immersed everyday in learning opportunity.
- I am making progress. As new skills are learned, the osmosis takes over and whether we realize it or not, progress is being made. My blog gives me a visual representation of the progress I have made over time. For example, last year someone built my site for me, this year I am working on one all by myself. That’s not to say little techy details don’t attempt to kick my ass everyday…like this week when I completely locked myself out of my site. But now I also have many examples to look back on and see the progress I have made.
- I have a tribe. Although techy details try their best to deter me, I have a tribe of people out there willing to help me. I can ask questions anytime of day or night of people from across the globe and they will attempt to help. That is crazy…I have never quite had that connection in my work before. I am getting ready to attend another blogging conference in April, this one is specific to bloggers at midlife. These are truly my people and I am so looking forward to meeting some of these women that I have grown to admire over the past year, face to face.
- This is for me. I have to admit, I can get sucked into the numbers, all the analytics of blogging. How many visitors did I have today? How many subscribers do I have? What countries are reading my posts?! It can be challenging to keep your focus on your true purpose when you are watching your stats by the hour! Earlier this year I asked my husband how he would describe my mission in life. It’s a good exercise to get feedback from those that know you best on a question like this. He said without hesitating, “Your goal is to help people, women especially, always has been.” While the numbers are addicting, the purpose of this is to provide me with an avenue to help people. If I can do that, even if it only helps one person, I am doing what I was put here to do. Ultimately this is for me, this is my mission. The numbers take second.
- My turnaround is a work in progress. There are so many things I thought I was missing out on…things I felt like if I could just do “that” I would be happier and more fulfilled. Turns out there were only a few core things I was missing and I am working to make those priority each day now.
- Some days I got nothing…and it’s okay. The idea of wanting to be a writer and actually putting it on paper everyday are two totally different things. Some days, simply put…I got nothing, or at least it seems that way. It can be intimidating to think that this thing you have always wanted to do, that you believe you were meant to do, might not happen because your mind feels empty. Can there truly be not one original thought in this head of mine? Is the well really so empty? I understand now that writing inspiration comes from consciously living your life.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy life. It won’t necessarily always feel good either, but just living it with your people, experiencing things together, having conversations, asking questions, allowing for natural curiosity. All those things I never made time for previously…this is where ideas, critical thinking and creativity are born.So now, when I got nothing, its okay, it’s not distressing. My dreams aren’t being crushed! Just need to let it go and live a little~
I think I can work with that.
Thanks again for reading my words over the past year. If you feel moved to do so, please subscribe to my blog in the upper right hand corner and share with people you know!