This is my 100th post on this blog! That may not seem like such a big deal, especially for those bloggers who are writing something every day. But I’m posting once a week, which means it’s been almost two years of posting on WordPress. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve had plenty of opportunities to learn.
I still have to get a handle on the whole writing process thing. I find myself making amazing misspellings and bad uses of there’s and it’s ( inevitably pointed out to me by my readers). I know how to use these words, but apparently my fingers don’t care when I type. I don’t always catch it in editing, especially when I’m a little sleepy or rushed to hit ‘publish’. I’ve had to learn the discipline of meeting the weekly commitment . (Sometimes a day late, but still….) I’ve worked hard at learning to be open and authentic both with the personal posts and when I am posting about a larger event.
I’ve been disappointed in my expectations. Who knew that hundreds, no thousands of readers who would love this blog are having so much trouble finding it? 🙂 I’ve never been Freshly Pressed. I haven’t gotten a blogging award. Some of my friends, the one’s who ask “what’s new with you?” are clearly not even checking in. My Mom doesn’t read my blog! (But then, she doesn’t have a computer so I suppose that’s to be expected isn’t it.)
I’ve learned to be a bit more reasonable about expectations. Now I write as much for myself as anything and am delighted when others find something useful, or inspiring, or entertaining in what I have to say. I recognize that winning those blogging awards often requires things like writing a post with 24 things about yourself – one for each letter of the alphabet. I’m grateful to have avoided that. As for freshly pressed, on the few occasions when I’ve checked “this weeks list” I’ve not been impressed. It seems that photography blogs are popular and occasionally a humor piece. I’m delighted when my blogging buddies make the list, but even they seem confounded by the selection process.
There’s another thing I’ve learned. I really can have friends on the internet who I’ve never met, but feel I’ve truly gotten to know. The blogs I tend to read are like mine, a little personal, a little day to day, observations and perspectives on life. I’ve found several “blogging buddies” who I’m sure would be delightful to spend time with in the real world as well as on-line. Someday I may just drop in on them. (Well, there would be discussion and planning and schedule checking and making arrangements for Orion, but you know what I mean.)
So thank you for going on this journey with me. I hope you will continue to enjoy my posts and will share with your friends. Who knows. Those thousands of potential readers may find me yet!