No, I’m not celebrating the successful opening of my show. I did that last night with a Long Island Iced Tea (a rare and special treat).
Today I am celebrating my one year Blogiversary! Yes, folks, exactly one year ago today I wrote my very first blog post.
This blog started for a number of reasons, but perhaps the most important one was that my dear friend Sue said, “I dare you to start a blog!” I couldn’t pass up a dare. I think Sue still follows me, but she is a very busy woman so I haven’t heard from her for a while. Sue, are you out there? Give me a shout out so I can recognize you! Sue? Sue! Bueller!
Seriously though, this blog was also an attempt to have a virtual writing group with Sue and Sharon, the wonderful women who I wrote with, cried with, shared my book baby with, and did not want to leave behind when we were forced by the injustices of the academic world to uproot our lives and move on. I haven’t completely explained that situation on this blog, as it still hits a nerve, but I have another much neglected blog where I begin to explore the circumstances that brought me to my current life, if anyone is interested. I actually even have a third even more neglected blog, which was supposed to be a place where I propose writing prompts and hoped people would contribute in response. I’m thinking of somehow merging these three blogs together. Does anyone know if that is even possible, and if so how do I do it?
Anyway, I digress. This blogging journey has been interesting, frustrating, exhilarating, intimidating . . . and any other “ings” you can think of. It started out slowly, with weak posts and maybe between 20-30 hits on random days. Sometimes I would post daily, some months I could hardly face the screen. Sometimes I asked myself, “why bother, nobody cares what you have to say”. I’d look at my somewhat abysmal stats and feel lonely and hopeless that this blog would ever become anything worthwhile. It became frustrating because, I admit, part of my hope for this blog was that somehow I could tun it into something profitable. Either I hoped to be discovered and offered the next book contract a la Julie and Julia, or discovered and offered freelance work from numerous sources. Of course, with a truly
practical useless plan like that, I couldn’t help but succeed, right?
I realize that it doesn’t really work that way. I need to put myself out there and market myself if that is what I want to do. But somewhere along the way that desire to make this somehow a financial boost had morphed into something else. (Don’t get me wrong, I would still love to be paid to write, but the blog has taken on a different meaning.) I began to realize that I needed Women Wielding Words because it was time for me to stop talking about wanting to be a writer and actually become a writer.
With that shift, I made the commitment to write daily. With that choice, I joined a community of writers who support and respect each other. I’ve begun to recognize my own skills as a writer, and to reflect on why I write. I’ve value the interaction with other people who seem to be passionate about sharing words, images and stories for the simple joy of having those things to share. The blogosphere is now I community I truly cherish.
And, I admit, I’ve enjoyed watching my numbers grow. Two days ago I hit 100 views in one day for the very first time. Exactly 100 views. Yesterday that even went up a little. Not that the numbers matter, but there is a thrill realizing that my words do not simply go out into an empty void. I am completely content knowing that I have a few readers who come back regularly.
So, as part of my celebration of completing one full year of blogging, I would like to thank all the new friends I have made, and recognize some of my favorite bloggers in the hopes of continuing to make our community grow. I’m going to link you to the most recent posts of my favorites (even though I haven’t read them all yet). I’m sure your will find wonderful things as each person offers food for thought in a variety of ways. I’m listing Blogs, alphabetically. Enjoy!
Whew! That should keep you busy for a while. Sorry if I missed anyone. I’ll catch you in another post sometime, I promise.
Here’s to another year of growth, exploration, sharing, and writing! Happy blogging everyone!