I wasn't sure I would do a whole year of blogging!
I remember when I started on July 20, 2010, it was all a big adventure. I had no preconceived likes or dislikes. I felt like a sponge absorbing everything. I could count about 6 people who might be interested enough to read what I wrote (and they would do it as a favor, I was sure). And I was interested in blogs with hundreds of followers. The bigger the better.
I was sure that whatever I wrote would be warmly received, I would be very interesting to the world at large (I have no clue as to why I thought that - and secretly I still think this), :-) and ... well, as I said before ... it is all about me!
Doesn't that sound like the immature 5 year old who lives next door? That would be me!
In a year I have refined my preferences. I enjoy blogs that:
- Give you a peek into a person's everyday life, and not just the big events but all the little details that fill our days.
- Focus on variety rather than limited content or a single theme.
- Have less than 100 followers. There are exceptions, of course, but I like the "getting to know you" feel of the smaller blogs. I feel lost and disinclined to comment when the followers number in the 100s.
- Have pictures.
I have learned a few things too:
- Don't fall behind in your blog post reading. Holy Cow, those back log of postings build up fast.
- Don't try to follow more than 50 blogs. I am over that number now. It is difficult to keep up if I am over 50.
- Carry your camera EVERYWHERE (of course mine is now broken - but it off being fixed so in 3 weeks or so, I will carry it everywhere).
- As ideas occur for future postings, create draft posting holders with those ideas. I am telling you, once the idea drifts out of my focus, it is gone forever! *sigh*
- Write about EVERYTHING. I have done a few off the wall things: Vacuums, hair cuts, my new purse, the weather ... do it all!
And my very favorite thing I have learned in this last year is this:
- We are all more alike than different. Maybe there would be more peace in the world if everyone blogged and we all discovered this simple fact.
Of course this blog was built on the premise of "the next 20 years". Yikes! Time flies. Now I only have 19 years left!!! I have goals to achieve. I think I will check back in a week or so and see just how far along I am with them. If I have 20 years to achieve them - and if only 5% of that time has passed ... guess I don't have to feel too bad when I find I have fallen short!
Or maybe ... ( !! boing !! - a great idea was just born) ... maybe I should make one of my goals be: Don't be too worried about achieving your goals!
Oh, well. Happy Anniversary to me!