It was a year ago yesterday that I started my blog; I had noted it in my 10-year journal. Just days from now, I will write my assessment of my year for all areas of my life and my goals for next year in a special area of my journal, but it seemed appropriate to assess my blogging effort here and now.
I’ll start with the disappointments (so I can end the blog on a positive note). I never developed a rhythm; I never picked a particular day to post and stuck with it. I never found one overwhelming subject I wanted to write about or became an “expert” at anything. Consequently, I never developed a wider following other than my dear, dear friends (although I did have 60 readers for one blog and 40 for another). Hmmm…seems pretty discouraging, but…
I actually kept at it and averaged more than one blog a week (except for the last few weeks as I dealt with the serious illness and death of my father). Ironically, the flip side of one of my disappointments (not finding one particular focus) was also something I felt good about: I found many different things to write about because I was trying to write for others; I was less one-dimensional in my writing. Before creating my blog, I was only writing in my journal, and very rarely in recent years, writing some poetry. Put that one in the “pro” column: kudos for writing more than I had in the last five years (more writing, more often).
So what goals do I want to set for next year? When I sit down to write, I don’t want it to be a rushed, last-minute activity. I want to stay ahead and write several blog entries at a time. (In 2010 I kept a notebook with ideas, many of which I never had the opportunity to develop.) This practice should allow me to pick a particular day to post and STICK WITH IT! That goal is good enough for me…if I can accomplish that for myself, I won’t have to worry about the audience. Like in “Field of Dreams” if I build it, they will come.