Today Marks My 100th Post!!!
Today marks my 100th post and I must say I do feel like I’ve aged over the past 6 months. When I ventured forth into creating this blog, I was about as social media illiterate as a person could be. I’m certainly not an expert, but I now understand both the significance and difficulty of the virtual world. My hat goes off to all of those who are attempting to make their voice heard through this complex form of media.
Over the past 6 months i have gained 53 followers. Thanks to those of you who pressed that “follow” button. Each time you did my world became a little happier. And thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read my posts. I hope I have added something positive to your life.
Yesterday I reviewed the stats and learned some interesting facts. Sadly for me, Wednesday’s Word’s of Wisdom received an infinitesimal amount of viewing, so I will discontinue it as a regular Wednesday post; but when I find a quote I simply must share, I will.
Weekly Wellness Check-in was marginally popular. There is one more post in that series and then it too will come to an end. I have something in the works to replace it, but for now I will keep it a mystery.
There were six posts that were particularly popular.
I’m glad you liked them, because they were my favorites. Among my other favorites were:
Blah Blah Blah…
This is where I reflect on what I’ve learned…
1. Blogging is NOT for sissies. In fact, next to grad school it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
2. I must have created multiple new neuropathways because my brain has often hurt, and yet I’ve learned how to do better research, and my editor (my sweet husband and grammar nazi…love you honey :-)) is having to make fewer corrections.
3. I have become more comfortable with showing my vulnerability as evidenced by creating my own illustrations. Surprisingly, it’s been very liberating to allow myself the freedom to play, and then publish my creations.
4. I’ve developed courage to walk blindly into the forest. 1) By doing something that’s important to me, even though I’m scared to death. 2) Being brave enough to look at the stats, and be honest about what works and what doesn’t. 3) By writing for some pretty important blogs such as Parent Space and Tiny Buddha, who will be publishing my work in the near future. 4) By staying with it even when I wonder if anybody is benefitting from all of the countless hours I’ve put into this blog.
* note Since my detached retina, blindly into the forest has taken on additional meaning. As I write I am blind in one eye, but I am promised it will get better.
Where does the road lead from here?
Moving forward, I will be focusing more time on people who have, and are making a difference in the world. I will be writing less about how to fix ourselves, and more about what builds us up and how to help others. Inspiration, resilience, and service embodies my new direction.
I want to work on building readership and gaining more followers. I will continue to illustrate my work and as our community grows I hope it can be a place for you to display your original artwork and contribute stories of inspiration that will benefit all of us. Details will follow as I grow, which brings me to what I need…
1. A better camera than my iPhone…I’ll take care of that.
2. Real-life stories that inspire.
3. Methods for finding everyday people who are making a difference.
4. A list of ways to make a difference. Send me your ideas and I will post them as a running list.
4. More readers
5. More readers
6. More readers
7. People who want to share their artwork for viewing on this blog. You will maintain your copyright. Rules will follow as readership increases.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
As of today this blog has had 4,804 views. I realize in the blogging world there are blogs who see ten times that traffic in a day, but I am very grateful for your support and interest in what I have to share. Stick with me and tell your friends to take a look see. Here’s to another 100!!! 🙂 🙂
Happiness runs in a circular motion… (do you know who sang that lyric?)
Barbara (The Blog Whisperer)