I read a post today on Run4Joy59’s blog that she had reached the 650 post mark! Yowza! I cannot even imagine that. Of course, she has been blogging a few years longer than I have. 🙂
I have been contemplating the past 10 1/2 months that I have been a part of the blog-osphere and what I have learned. And I have come to the following conclusions.
- The world is certainly much smaller than I originally understood it to be. I have “met” and gotten to know many writers from around the world, both in my followers and those bloggers that I follow. And I have come to understand that we all come from a place deep within ourselves that wants to be heard, if only for a moment.
- My fears as a writer are not unique. Many of the people I follow are also writers, but many are not. Some are simply out here sharing bits and pieces of their lives, posting photos and making friends. But for those that are writers, even established ones, the fear and uncertainty is universal.
- Other writers are not competition. They are kindred spirits. We are not competing for readers because readers read more than one book, just as readers read more than one blog. And those of us that long to have our stories bound and shared are here to support each other and encourage each other to follow these dreams.
- No one creates in a vacuum. Yes, for me, the actual putting down words on a screen or paper part of creating must be done alone. I find I have the attention span of a three-year old when I am in public! So we can pretty much agree that I won’t be writing in cafes any time soon – at least not if I really want to get any real writing done. 🙂 But we cannot keep our writing to ourselves. There are writing groups, classes, other writers, readers, and so on that are all part of the process and it is important to remember that.
So, what is the challenge, you ask? I mean, it seems that I have already taken some great bits of wisdom from the last months of blogging and writing. What could be next other than the obvious and already mentioned work of getting a book published?
I believe that it is important as writers, artists and humans to set goals and push ourselves. Starting this blog and actually calling myself a writer was a challenge for me, an experiment in putting myself out there and seeing what that felt like. As I have walked this journey, I have realized that it feels pretty darn good to finally put it in words, to stand up and say, hey, guess what, I am a writer and I am not going to hide that part of me away any longer.
The self publishing is definitely on the horizon. I am soaking up as much information as I can wrap my brain around. But for a short-term challenge I looked toward my one year blog-oversary which is coming up on April 9. I am thinking that 100 posts seems like a nice round number. Nowhere near the 650 that Run4Joy59 is celebrating this week, but something I can reach if I buckle down and focus.
This is post #82. Let’s see if I can hit 100 by April 9th. 🙂