It has been one year since I made my first terrified post on this blog. I started out determined to write about writing, as well as my experiences with querying agents and figuring out the publication process. Boy, have I learned so much during my one year of blogging.
Here’s a sampling of what one year of blogging has taught me:
- Sometimes less of a plan is more. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I couldn’t blog about writing alone. There are only so many posts a person can do about (still) doing manuscript revisions and getting (another) rejection to a query. <Yawn!>
- Too much ambition can be a bad thing. When I first started blogging, I was so focused on the end goal of publication that I ignored the joys of my writing journey. The query rejections and resulting disappointment made writing not so much fun anymore because they stood in the way of the only thing I wanted: publication.
- Scary stuff builds character. I began chronicling my spiritual journey in January 2011. To say I was hesitant about baring my soul is a HUGE understatement. I imagined the few regular readers that I had running for the hills with my “God” talk. That didn’t happen at all. In fact, I’ve even met a few more readers because of some of those posts. The exploration has had the unexpected benefit of erasing my publication anxiety. I still have a dream of one day being published, but it’s not my ONLY goal. I am now free to write from my heart in peace.
- My blog isn’t a platform. My blog isn’t about promoting myself or my fiction – there’s nothing to promote. It’s about expressing myself and joining in the online community of other writers/bloggers.
- Blogging is a great writing warm-up exercise. Through writing blog posts, I experiment with different writing styles and stretch my writing voice – which helps when I write short stories or work on my novel. I enjoy writing with humor, but there are also times when I need to tell a serious, heart-breaking story. This blog is a wonderful opportunity to get feedback so I know what works (and what doesn’t.)
- There are a lot of talented writers out there. Community with other writers via blogging brings a social aspect to writing. There are many talented writers that have yet to be published – sharing the ups and downs puts the publication goal in perspective.
- Blog readers are patient people. After 172 posts (173, if you make it through this one), I’m still amazed that so many people keep coming back to read. Everyone has busy lives and I thank all of you for devoting time to reading my words.
Even though this is my blog, I recognize that it’s not all about me. Without the interaction with others, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun.
Just as we often reflect on life at major milestones, like birthdays or a new year, I read my “About Me” page and realized that it didn’t fit anymore. (Kind of like the dress I wore last spring that I can’t zip up now, but that’s another post entirely.) The “About Me” page may be the one part of my blog that IS all about me, but I welcome comments or discussions. A page all about me is definitely better with company 🙂