After starting this blog with a sprint from the starting line on January 3, 2013, I now crawl over the 100 post milestone, almost six months later.
So what have I learned from blogging?
Well, I’ve read that most blogs die around six months. I’ve definitely slowed down, but I’m not dead by far. I think I’m suffering from spring fever. I’ve heard from more experienced bloggers that things on WordPress slow down over the summer, so I’m just going to accept that and not be too hard on myself.
I’ve also learned that all the fear I felt in the beginning of my journey here was for nothing. You’ve all been generous and kind. Nobody has begged me to stop posting and find another hobby! Your kindness has helped my writing on and off this blog. In fact, I think that starting this blog is probably the best thing I did for my writing. It has forced me to create and think and write and edit and read, and most importantly, to share. I mentioned in a previous post that I sent a project to an editor. I am certain that had I not gained some confidence from posting here, I wouldn’t have had the guts to do that.
At yoga tonight, my teacher explained that certain poses are for “information.” They show us how far we’ve come, where we want to be, and force us to listen to our bodies. For example, if our twist isn’t as open and reaching as we’d like, we use that as information to determine whether our shoulder strength is the problem, or perhaps our lower back, or maybe we just aren’t as flexible as we’d like to be. The best part about yoga is that it doesn’t matter. We breathe and we do our best and we use information that we gain from our practice to better ourselves. We’re taught to reject the ego that compares and criticizes, and accept that we are perfect in our imperfection.
So far on my blogging adventure, I’d like to think that I’ve rejected the ego and learned along the way. I do my best and try to get better, but it doesn’t really matter if I screw up or miss a typo or bore you to death one or two nights with posts that I think are fabulous. The reality is that I enjoy posting, and I breathe through it, learn, and keep going. Like my yoga practice, to me this blog is perfect in all of its imperfection. I really love doing it and it’s important to me.
On this special 100th post night, which also falls on the Eve of Summer 2013 (and Game 7 of the NBA Finals), I would like to thank you for sticking around and taking the journey with me. I look forward to writing the next 100 posts!
P.S. I’ve started a WOAW Twitter account. I’ve been a twitter voyeur for years, but not an active tweeter. I’m going to try though. Follow me at @jessWOAW and I’ll follow you back and we’ll take over the Twitterverse (Twitter-tropolis?)!
Have a nice night!