Note: The photo really has nothing to do with the post (although you’re welcome to free associate and let me know how it does in the comments). This was less than three days after the tornadoes blasted through Kentucky and I just felt like putting it up.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year—as of today, March 14—since I started this blog. I barely knew what a blog was and I’d certainly never read one let alone studied anything about how to set one up. But I’d started writing some short pieces on my spiritual journey and I kept getting meditative nudges to get them out there on the internet. A little sniffing around brought me to WordPress and the notion that a blog would be a good forum for presenting these pieces.
The requirement for a name popped up so fast I didn’t really know what to pick. When I first moved from California to Kentucky my friends out there wanted to know about life here so I sent periodic e-mail dispatches I called Notes from the Bluegrass and you can guess from there how this strange title was the first thing that occurred to me. My advice now would be to wait to set up the blog until you’ve thought of a good name.
At first I just wrote and posted with a commitment to myself to put up two a week. My page didn’t have anything extra on it and I accidentally linked to Facebook while trying to get a Facebook like button. Occasionally I got a random “like” or comment but by and large my stats were flat-lined at zero. Unsure whether I had enough to say to keep posting or the discipline to write regularly it felt like it was all I could do to dream up topics and get something posted twice a week.
The lack of readers eventually disappointed, so I began looking at the WordPress files on how to get more readers. Suddenly I surfed and commented and liked and found my subscriber list growing. I’m now part of a network of spiritual bloggers, many of whom are all following one another. I’ve set up another blog for fiction writing exercises, which has led to more networking. Then I set up a blog for my not-so-spiritual alter-ego, Not Just Sassy on the Inside.
Talk about writing practice! And as my favorite writing guru, Natalie Goldberg*, teaches, the more I write the more it flows. Giving a goose to my writing is just one of the benefits. I’m thrilled every day when my in box is full of e-mails telling me people have liked and commented and subscribed. And because I know how happy it makes me, I feel happy every time I click “like” or “follow” or make a comment because I know there’s a good chance someone else is going to feel good.
The first year has been more inspiring and fun than I could have imagined and I’m so grateful. Most of all I’m grateful for all of you who subscribe and read. I smile when your now familiar faces appear under my posts or in my e-mails and I’m a writer who lacks words to express how much it means to me. Thank you for helping to make this first year great!
- Loved “Writing Down the Bones …” (vickitlee.wordpress.com)
- Wild Mind – Natalie Goldberg (theothersideofthepage.wordpress.com)
- 5 Blissful Blogging Tips (inspiredbyfamilymag.com)
- 10 Must Have WordPress Plugins Of 2012 Every Blogger Should Know About (jeffbullas.com)