So, this is the day, MLK Day, that marks WAY many more important things than my blog anniversary, but amongst today there is this, the year anniversary of deep fragile grace. What began as a mini-experiment is now a part of my life, something that has become important enough to me that I still try to work writing and posting in at least once a week. Which, for a “hobby” that’s really good odds for me. You should see my craft room of all of the other “hobbies” that petered out halfway. Not so good.
So as I do every year in January, I ponder what I’ve learned. What road I’ve traveled, how I’ve gotten here and if indeed the bumps were worth the ride.
And though I can’t say I’ve learned lots and lots as I’m not a full-time blogger, I’ve picked up some things. Most things that I’ve learned can be summed up as this: there is more to learn, and be patient. But, if you are still interested (ha!) here is a more detailed list:
- Not everything that you write is going to move mountains. If you’re lucky, it will move readers emotionally, and you may never hear about it. And that’s ok. And not only that, what moves readers emotionally will be the posts and the subjects you never saw coming.
- Your writing will improve. Your writing improves in spades when you participate in the weekly Five Minute Friday from Lisa-Jo Baker. (You can find her at www.lisajobaker.com) Yes, 5 minutes once a week with a word challenge helps more than any of those 10, 000 idea-starter books you have.
- Your blogging is inconsistent at best, and that’s ok too. You are also trying to be a full-time wife, mom and worker bee, so writing, though fun, is not always the highest priority. Loving well will always be the highest priority for you, and that’s not something to be ashamed of. But writing is fun for you, so try to do it whenever you can.
- You will feel like a superhero that saved the world when you finally figure out how to upload pictures with a post.
- People and friends you never expected will read this blog. This is a good thing.
- You will get frustrated and angry and impatient with your writing and your supposed progress, and you will want to pull your hair out every time someone says “give it time.” But, it’s true, you need a little time and a little distance to do this well. Play it loose. Watching every stat, monitoring every post will only make you crazy, and the looser and with more slack you play it, the more successful you are. I know it sounds crazy, but this is your truth and your personality. Just zoom out a bit, widen the perspective.
- A year later, you are still shocked that people read this. Though not technically a “writer” you are one. You’re writing. That counts for something.
- It’s not the amount or the reactions of people reading it that count or matter. Seriously. It’s the emotions, the people you touch that end up making it all worthwhile. I know this is hard to believe.
- You are doing just fine.
- You are still writing! Hooray!