Nov 26, 2015

Celebrating One Blogging Year!

A year ago last Thanksgiving Day, I wrote my first blog post. It was pretty raw and I had no idea what I was about to venture into. I just knew that I wanted to dip my toes into creative writing and express it to anyone that wanted to read it. 

Celebrating One Blogging Year

To be honest, I wasn't sure how it was going to shake out. I started it knowing the bare minimum and chugged along as I went. I told myself I'd hang in there for 6 months. On several occasions, I thought about pulling the plug from the blogging world. 

Here's why:
  • Progress was slow and I can be very impatient
  • Had a lot of self-doubt
  • Wondered if I even had the writing chops
  • So much to know and learn
  • Put added pressure on myself to be relevant
  • There were technical challenges 
  • Worried about what people thought
  • Worried that people didn't care
  • Worried that it was stupid

However, I learned a lot about myself through this process and I told myself that I needed to commit and stick with it; can't be a quitter. No matter how frivolous this project may seem to others. 

Here's what happened:
  • Learned to take one step at a time and changes DID eventually happen
  • Completed technical challenges that I didn't think I could do
  • I attended my first Blogger Conference. Yep there is such a thing. 
  • Will be published in my first anthology book
  • My articles have been published on other online sites
  • Connected with other bloggers and met some very interesting people and terrific writers
  • I have grown as a result of them
  • Plan to attend my first writers workshop
  • It has made me more observant and confident
  • Became more attuned to my writing style  
  • It’s o.k. to do it my way. Not everyone will resonate with me and that's alright. 
  • Learned to pace myself and not to stress so much in ALL areas of life
  • I have less worry and more contentment

Not sure what the next year will entail, but I know I'm much more knowledgeable, confident and reassured than I was a year ago. 

I'll just keep going with the flow and see what more I can gain by just doing what feels right and keep on discovering. That's all any of us should do no matter what your "thing" is. 

So, on this Thanksgiving Day one year later, I'm Thankful I didn't pull the plug!  I'm also incredibly Thankful to the people that have stopped by to visit and who have shared their comments.  I'm especially Thankful to those that made the decision to hang with me and subscribe to my Little Blog That Could. Truly appreciate your support and being a part of the journey!

I know this is so cliché, but here's my advice for any venture you're thinking of trying. Just Do It and Do It Your Way!!!!!

    "You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try."  ~Dolly Parton

Put your smile on and unwrap
   A Square of Chocolate,
Laurie O

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Love this post. What a great year. It just goes to show that putting yourself out there is a good thing. Congratulations on all the accomplishments.

    1. Thank you so much Virginia! Putting yourself out there is a good way to express it and it has been a good thing. Have the best Thanksgiving!

  2. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!! I completely understand your fears - for me, relevance was a big hill to climb, and as it turns out, what is relevant to one person may not be to another. Enjoy what you write and others will enjoy it also.
    Here's to many more years!!
    And - Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Great advice Laura! Appreciate your feedback and well wishes. Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well.

  3. One year.. Wow.. Congratulations I find myself looking forward to your Blogs. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family See you at Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much Margie, that just made my day!!!! Best wishes to you and your family for the holiday season. See you soon.

  4. Congratulations to you on your milestone!

    1. Thank you Carol! It's a good feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Congratulations! I could so relate to your lists of challenges. I will celebrate my 1st anniversary in January and I too have grown so much this year. It is a blast isn't it? Love your blog. Keep on writing!

    1. Thank you Molly! The challenges have been more than I had expected, but it has brought many learning benefits. Fun that we can share in our first year celebration!

  6. this resonates so strongly with me Laurie - it's my first blogiversary on Monday and I could tick so many of the points about the before and after process of this blogging journey. I'm so glad that we all jumped in and found our voices and each other - happy first blogiversary!!

    1. It has been a journey and opened up a whole new world to me. Congrats on your first blogversary too! That's awesome. Thank you Leanne 😊


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