In November 2013, I started this thing, this blog. I knew little where it was headed or how to garner traffic, I just wanted to write.
After being away from writing for over a year (the time that it took to publish my book), I missed telling stories.
Now, almost three years later, I’ve written nearly every damn day. My love affair with words and language has allowed me to share many of my successes and failures, travel adventures, thoughts on life and learning, and insights I’m forever gaining from others.
Although you may not realize, you have dared me and held me accountable to endeavor to attack scary things like Toastmasters competitions, attempting NYC improv, Moth storytelling, the latest, the brand new Mighty Failure Podcast, and many more.
In sharing my fears and desires with you, you have inadvertently pushed me to prove it can be done, even in painfully slow baby steps.
I’ve had posts with over 5k views and as few as a handful, and yet I’ve never really counted, nor have I much cared.
I get very few comments and very few shares, and yet it’s those simple, “I really needed to hear that today” notes that are the low-glycemic icing on the gf cake;)
When my new designer pulled my old blog off of WordPress early 2015, I went from getting thousands of hits to, on some days, only handfuls.
I could never be bothered with stats, SEO, social media extensions, ads. From the get go I wanted to do this my way, take it or leave it.
At the start of 2016, when I went back to find the most popular post of the year is the first I realized my pitiful stat plummet. I nearly cried.
It was then, that I reminded myself, however, I do this because I love it, not because I get paid for it. Those numbers mean nothing.
To teach is to learn; a mantra I live by. In writing everyday I have been both teaching and learning, mostly learning, and I would have it no other way.
All that said, in most recent months, my motivation to write in this format has dwindled. Rather than holding myself to a daily quota here on the blog, I prefer to write from inspiration, which is how it all stemmed in the first place.
Lately, I’m inspired by other mediums: podcasting, vlogging, shorter social media posts, etc.
At the very least you will continue to hear from me on a weekly basis with the podcast, with sprinkles of inspiration throughout, no doubt.
As with anything, evolution is inevitable, and I promise this is growth, not goodbye.
What I’ve learned from 1,000 daily posts is that we can absolutely do ANYTHING with deliberate practice, stubborn persistence, and non-negotiable habits, but that still won’t help us go viral.
Perhaps we won’t, or that we’re not ready–the journey is, in fact, the destination-AND, as they say, the best is yet to come!
What I left out of the original draft, because I’ve said it so many times–but on second thought–bares repeating: THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I am so very grateful for all the support, your generous attention, and your thirst for inspiration. Your showing up has undoubtedly inspired me.
I leave you with this: Do you have a favorite post? I have some ideas on putting some of the best together;)