I started my blog nearly eight years ago and today I would like to share what I have learned.
1. That the writers are among the coolest people I have ever met. They are the ones who leave you the comment when you don’t feel like writing that says something to the tune of don’t give up kid or kiddo, keep on writing.
2. That not only do I love writing, I love sharing my writing with you.
It is really nice to not have to write in a journal hoping, wow, one day I would love to publish these thoughts, instead, I can do that now. It is sort of hard for my person to adapt to technology spinning out new features faster than I can type and I can type pretty fast.
3. That when I walk I think of names for my articles and names for my books and book covers designs for my friends and the list never ends.
I love creating, don’t you?
Maybe I have an over active imagination.
The current set of creative ideas I have are finishing the books that I have started. One is for my friend about inspiring teachers. We are up to 50 stories and our goal is 100. If you have an amazing teacher story and would like to be a contributor please email me your submission and write okay to publish.
The other one is for my sister that is a collection of stories. Both books start with the title 100. That is a bit of a coincidence because I started my blog with my list of 100.
I like lists of 100s. Lists are manifestations of dreams.
4. Each blog writer approaches blogging in their own creative ways.
Isn’t it amazing that God has created nearly seven billion people and each one is unique and at the same time we are all really the same?
Each face, each person, each thought different. I get caught staring at the clouds thinking that all of the time. Just looking at nature reminds me of God’s hand in this.
5. That in the last eight years my goal has always been the same and in fact more than eight years, more like thirty years, and that is to clean out my garage. I always want a clean garage and it rarely happens.
Maybe it is time for me to come to terms with the fact that my garage will remain a mess. It is a never ending process. It is maybe also the reason that so many decluttering programs have enormous success. It is easier to sit and read about how to declutter than to actually do it.
Imagine what it would feel like to have your dreams come true? What are your dreams? A relationship, a bigger house, to retire, to travel? Have you ever manifested a dream? It is nuts to think something and then see it. It so magical.
I have some strange ideas that everything is a dream anyhow, so maybe we will blink and wake up.
Many characters from novels stay with me. My first love was Lucy from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I imagined her walking into her closet and finding a snowy wonderland, meeting the lion and her eventual love for him. The lion’s name was Aslan.
I remember Lucy hugging Aslan and imagining how wonderful it must be like to feel that mane next to her and how I wish could cuddle up and sleep next to that warm mane.
I suppose as a little girl I wasn’t aware of danger!
6. That I never get directly to a point. Yes! Someone can ask me a direct question and I will get to the answer in a long drawn out round about way.
You: Where is the car?
Me: Remember that day we walked up the mountain and there was a step and I saw a spider on the step and moved it because I thought someone would step on it and kill it and
You: What does a spider and a step and a mountain have to do with it? Where is the car?
Me: Right there. I told you I knew where it was.
That is just my way of seeing things.
7. As a dedicated life long learner, I really really do not think in a a linear way.
Yesterday I looked at my watch and it was 11:11 and then 12:34. That is why I love learning from other writers. I literally was up for at least half an hour thinking about one of my favorite writers who has good character going on about punctuation and he used parenthesis in his explanation that I thought were totally unnecessary.
Give it a look 99 percent of the time you can easily not use parenthesis. Just don’t. It is you just self doubting your thoughts.
Be Bold! Delete unnecessary parenthesis!
8. Most of my readers write or tell me you make me laugh.
That is why when I approach video I think about comedy. I am happy to tell a joke at anytime of the day. Most of the time I cannot tell a joke worth beans but I can make you laugh with silly faces. Laughter is the best medicine.
9. That I am completely and utterly out of touch with milleneals except for one or two who are a slice of heaven. I try to imagine what it must be like growing up with a cell phone attached to your person. I went through easily ten years of dating during my 20s that I certainly would not want the world to see.
If you are a millenial, tell me, what is it like? What do you want? What are your dreams? Has our generation failed you?
9. The world is drastically and quickly changing because of increased speeds of communication.
Lines that were once drawn on a paper map are now completely blurred. Lines that cross race, borders, religions, all of it now here in front of you to read, comment, share, like and learn.
10. That writing a blog has helped me learn how to be a better person, how to share what I know. The more I share, the more I learn.
11. That my strategy for blog growth started with the seed of a single idea: write. First I wrote a blog, I published the post, then I connected that blog to channels of communication to reach readers.