THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE! I type it in bold capital letters. It was my goal, it was my motivator. My way of celebrating this anniversary: I have written one year's worth of postings.
THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE!
I have written about fitness, coffee, bikram yoga, memories, relatives, artists, movies, food shopping, music, art events, pilates, children, birthdays, books, sporting events, concerts, anecdotes, driving, Dubai, Geneva, golf, opera, poems, open letters, languages, schools, trees, bridges, Madonna, politics, art projects, trips and even about blogging.
Many have supported me by telling me they read me frequently. The numbers of readers average about 100 a day, and I suspect they are not always the same readers. Most of my readers are in the USA and in the UAE. But I also have far flung readers in the Ukraine and even in South Korea. My most recent readership is India and Russia. I smile at the possibilty of those large markets!
Some readers, the most candid, suggest that a blog isn't enough. They will say: "it's a shame..." Or "you should go beyond the blog...". I do grow defensive because I believe the blog suits me well. I am not a journalist, nor am I a novelist,or poet. I have addressed this issue before.
Publishing this blog one day would be like printing photos and putting them in an album. Some say that blogs shouldn't be in hardcopy format. That they should be read on the internet. People have lost the habit of documenting their family memories in hardcopy photos, in albums. "Who would buy a book-blog?"
Writing this blog has not been without challenge. Time is not the issue. All writers can find the time, as that is what they do. I work within that same framework. I push myself to write daily, as a writer pushes herself to sit in front of the computer screen to write 3 more pages to her novel. But readers unfortunately don't equate blogging with writing, although for both inspiration is required.
I have written 365 posts and I am not sure what is left for me to write. Reading, visiting, viewing, admiring, experiencing, mingling, listening, exchanging, exercising....living.
If I live and experience any novelty, any quaint feeling, I will be sure to write it and share it. I often remind myself of one thing:
"Go live your blog instead of writing it!"