One year ago this week I published my first blog post. Wow! I really find it hard to believe it has been a whole year since I started. I am SO VERY GLAD to have reached this milestone!
Over the past year, I have published a post every Monday. My writing has encompassed a variety of subjects but primarily focused on personal development. The weekly discipline of writing has been challenging and but definitely worth it. I have received feedback from more than one person that the writing has improved over time. Thank you! I agree and I appreciate those of you who have noticed.
What I have learned: the more I practice writing the better I get at it. The phrase, “practice makes perfect” always rings in my head. I think the repetitive nature of doing something over and over lends itself to improvement. It seems to me that it is just the way most people are wired.
In all, I have published 28,538 words. Twenty-eight thousand!! If someone had given me an assignment last June and told me I had to write twenty-eight thousand words I would have been overwhelmed. With consistent writing week after week, the words have added up to what I would consider to be a sizable sum.
What I have learned: the journey to twenty-eight thousand words starts with the first word. Profound, right? When I first started last year, a blog post would take me a half-day or more to prepare. After a year of writing, the time it takes me has slimmed down to 2-3 hours for most posts.
When I first launched my blog, I had many fears. I was afraid of not living up to my commitment to write through the summer. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to come up with content. I wondered how others would perceive me if I failed to do what I said
What I have learned: when in doubt, start. Take action in spite of the fear. Half of the fear I felt gave me motivation to keep writing. The other half was just plain worthless. The fear based on what others think of my writing is something I have no control over and only serves to feed negative thoughts.
This blog is not all that I want it to be…yet. I want to continue to grow my audience. My desire is to continue to get better at writing and producing content. I am not where I want to be, but I am loving the process and the fruit it is producing in my life.
My encouragement to you is to contemplate carefully what you want and then start taking action towards that end. I am confident that you can be well on your way towards the end goal a year from now.
Question: What are you waiting to start? What is holding you back? What do you hope to be celebrating one year now? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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