It’s been two months since I started blogging, and I’m still doing it! Yippee!
(Still don’t really know what direction my blog is taking, though… but that’s okay.)
Every week since the start of October, I’ve published three blog posts (and every week at least one of those three has been worth reading, IMHO… Lol…)
Two months may not seem like a huge accomplishment… but, for someone who has a hard time committing to anything for longer than, oh, fifteen minutes… writing consistently for nine weeks (which if I’ve done my math right, equals nine weeks worth of blog posts)…
I think that’s definitely worth celebrating.
I’ll be real; when I started blogging, I was pretty apprehensive. (Well, technically I still am… hahaha… and maybe that apprehensive feeling doesn’t ever totally go away… I don’t really know but check in with me in another ten months and maybe I’ll be able to answer that question… but anyway…)
It’s actually kind of hard to sit down every week, and just write whatever I want… whatever I feel is worth sharing… whatever I’m inspired to put, well, not on paper, per se… but at least, on a computer screen.
(Believe it or not for the past nine weeks, every blog post has been totally spontaneous, in-the-moment, fly by the seat of my pants. There hasn’t been one post – yet – that I thought about ahead of time, that I actually planned, or researched, or even outlined. It’s all just “sit down and type.”)
And that has advantages, at least in this early stage of my blogging career…
I’m able to write freely, about things that matter to me, about things I’m currently experiencing, and to convey in “real time” my own thoughts and feelings and impressions.
I’m not hindered by format, or word count, or style (I make my own style anyway, in a secret underground lab also known as our crawl space, but that’s a secret so don’t tell anyone okay?)
I don’t need to meet anyone’s expectations of what a blog should look like.
And I don’t have to write in a way that satisfies anybody’s demands, but my own.
But it also has disadvantages…
I never know ahead of time what I’m going to write about, so I have to come up with it all on the spot.
I’ve not yet written anything that requires research, or an outside opinion, or links to other helpful articles…
So if/when I want to write blog posts for other websites…
Yeah I don’t know how to do all that yet, so there’s bound to be some sort of a learning curve there that I still haven’t encountered.
Also, I don’t edit or proofread anything beyond checking to see if everything I write “seems good to me.”
(I do have a knack for writing, though, and seem to do well with conversational writing, so I think I’m alright in this department… but a little extra editing probably wouldn’t hurt. But too much editing spoils the broth anyway – or is that too many cooks? I’m not really good at details…)
But today, none of that matters.
What does matter is that, two months in, I’m still writing. (And I intend to keep writing, through the end of 2018, and beyond…)
And I know that this is simply my starting point…
And if this is where I’m starting from, I’m on pretty good footing, and I can realistically expect that between now and the end of eternity I can learn to turn this skill into a legitimate career…. (Okay I’m actually leaning more toward now and the end of 2019, ‘cause it would actually be pretty nice to make my own money next year. ‘Cause bills.)
And I know… and can honestly feel comfortable saying… (now that I’ve done it consistently for a couple of months)…
That if I can commit to something, and follow through, and open myself to feedback and improvement – and expect to get the results that I want!
If I can do that… So. Can. You.
(So, please… don’t ever stop… your future self will thank you for all the effort.)