I just realized one year ago today I wrote my first post. Long ago when I was taking writing classes in Scottsdale, my instructor suggested I begin a blog to make a good marriage with my writing and photography. It was during the time when we were preparing to move to Texas, so starting anything was impossible, but I filed the project away for “a free day”. Time and technology kept me from the task. My computer is not my friend. I must get along with it but I’d rather live without it. With that said I admit I hired someone to help me get this site set up and running. Last year I figured it would be fun to do during the hot sequestered summer months in Texas. It became much more to me than a cure for boredom.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit because it makes me look like an addict, but I might have only missed a day or two the whole year. The truth is, I’d write a few posts a day if I could. It has never once felt like an obligation. That’s because I have a personal rule: I won’t write unless I want to write. I’m not in school. I’m not earning grades or a pay check. This is for my fun. And it certainly has been fun.
I was asked once if I ever run out of things to write about. Never. Five topics compete in my mind every day to get chosen for the post. Others need some time to marinate before making it to the screen. Some subjects I think about for months. I don’t see the well running dry. Life, God,culture, kids, nature, dogs, and relationships are just too interesting to me.
Every day I remind myself if only one person is reading this then I’ll write. I’m not blogging to win a popularity contest. If no one shows up to read, well I might begin looking for another way to express my creative energy. So far that hasn’t happened. The readers continue to come and I feel like blushing because it pleases me so much. I really enjoy the new relationships I’ve made around the world with my stories. I also am grateful for reconnecting with friends I’ve moved away from during the years. I have three personal guidelines when I post, and if I stick to them I think I stay on a steady pathway towards improving my writing skills: Entertain, Educate and Inspire. I may not always hit the marks but at least I shoot to aim in the right direction.
To celebrate my blog’s one year anniversary I want to humbly offer a sincere thank you for walking along with me. I so appreciate every one of you. The best personal compliment anyone can give me is to tell me “I read your blog!”. Truthfully when someone tells me that, I get a lurch of emotion that could make me cry for gratitude. It shows me that I spend a lot of myself here. Thank you.