I was informed by WordPress that my blog is officially 4 years old this week. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging consistently for that long … and that folks like you are still reading it. For that, I thank you!
In two weeks, we will celebrate another milestone, as our daughter Ella will celebrate her 2nd birthday. Wow!
It is interesting to note that I began this blog shortly before Sam and I were married. This blog is just a bit older than our marriage. I’ve been through a lot in 4 years, and I am so grateful to have been able to share the ups and downs of life with you.
I was notified by Word Press that this blog hit a milestone!! Had I been paying attention, I would have made Blog #500 something a bit more special. Instead, my last blog (#500) was about how tired I am!
As I sat down to write Blog #501, I thought on how far this blog has come. I never started this blog to gain hundreds of followers, however, I have. Originally, I started the blog as a way to write down my feelings and thoughts as I went through some troubling times. Then I thought it would be a good place to write some memories down so my kids could look back and read them. It has evolved into a place where I can write about personal things, and not so personal things.
I am glad that the details of how my wife and I came to be together are here. I am also glad that I have detailed blogs about the the birth of my son and daughter. There are also many memories of my mom, so that my kids who never had the chance to meet her, will be able to read about her. I hope that they will be able to come here to read about the special people in my life – my wife, my kids, my parents, my grandparents, my teachers, my co-workers and mentors, and my friends.
It’s also fun to look back at the special “events” I took part in. Recently, I took part in a song draft, which allowed me to feature 10 great songs. There was a bit more pressure than just picking a song and writing about it. It was hard to pick just 10! Blogging about TV shows and movies as part of blogathons has been fun, as well. I’m looking forward to a TV show draft, similar to the song draft, coming soon.
What Have I Learned?
So, just what have I learned after 500 blogs?
1. It’s not easy!
I read somewhere that most people who start a blog quit writing after a month. I am glad that I have continued to write, although finding stuff to write about is not always easy. There are many days where I sit and have nothing to write about. In those moments, I turn to Daily Writing Prompts. Sometimes they will be helpful, but many of them are worthless.
Some days are easier than others. Many times a song will bring about a memory I can share. Other times a conversation will spawn something worth writing about. My kids are a constant source of writing material and funny stories and for that I am grateful. I love bragging about them.
The key for me is to just keep writing. I plan to do just that.
2. I’ve met some really cool friends
When I created my blog, I started to search for blogs about music and movies. I started following some of them and by doing so, found there many people who share similar likes with me. I began to comment on their posts and they commented on mine. By doing so, I have really gained some neat friendships with people I have never seen face to face. I’m thankful for each of them
3. I often wonder if I make a difference
I guess I hope that someone who goes through my blog will find an occasional “nugget” that they can use in their daily life. It’s not easy to put your life out on the internet for everyone to see, but if someone can learn something from the challenges I faced and the issues I worked through, I will be happy with that.
More recently, I have blogged a little bit more about my faith. I was always told to not discuss religion and politics. I follow a few blogs who share my beliefs and I appreciate them. I know that not everyone is going to share my beliefs and that is ok. That being said, I am also not going to be afraid to post more about it and am always happy to discuss it with others.
4. I really enjoy blogging
I’m not sure I could ever be a reporter or a writer where there were deadlines for articles. I enjoy sitting and writing about my passions, my experiences, my family, and my life. I love being able to write down things that I can go back and reread and relive those moments.
I have put quite a bit of time into this blog, and don’t make a dime off it (Although, I hear that there are many bloggers who DO make money off theirs)! It has never been about making money. It has never been about having a blog republished. It has never been about having millions of followers. This blog is my little spot on the internet to save my thoughts and share them.
How about your feedback?
What do you like best about this blog? What would you like to see more of? Would you ever consider being a guest blogger on my site? Tell me your thoughts. I appreciate you being here and reading my blog and hope to keep posting things you find interesting.
So what is next? 500+ plus blogs I hope and I am excited to continue sharing “me” with you!
Wow! 200 Posts! And here I thought I wouldn’t have anything to write about!
In honor of my 200th post, I am going to ask you – my followers and my Facebook friends – for your suggestions on what you would like me to write about in the coming months.
I have enjoyed doing the “Question and Answer” blogs – where friends ask me questions and I answer them in a blog.
I have also enjoyed writing about movies and music. I have about 19 years worth or “favorite films” to finish up.
I have also enjoyed writing about favorite TV shows.
I think what I enjoy most is writing about my family and friends. Those blogs tend to get more “reads” than others, and that’s ok. Those are a bit more personal, so I can see them as being more serious and maybe even emotional.
So, is there anything specific you’d like to ask? Is there something you’d like to know more about (radio, sleep, etc)? Maybe you’d like to be a guest blogger – I’d love to hear YOU tell one of your favorite stories about us, or your favorite memory, etc…
No pressure. I just want to thank you for reading! Thank you for sharing! Thank you for being here – I appreciate you!