It has been two months since I have started the blog. It feels more like two years. I can only tell you, if you really want to make big changes in your life, start a blog. And if you want to make yourself crazy, commit to writing the blog everyday. It has been a great ride so far…
I have learned a lot about my self and life, writing the blog. Keeping a daily journal about things on your mind, really does help to clarify what you value in life. I have to admit, keeping a daily blog is not easy, but there is a lot to learn in doing it. Here is some things I have learned so far.
Doing a blog everyday is a big committment.
As you may recall, commitments are hard for me. I am married, have kids, have pets and own a home, but beyond that my commitments are minimal. I am not one of those super-gals who is involved in a million things and has tons of outside commitments. Doing a daily blog means I have to be disciplined and make sure I find time to write something. I also have to be committed to writing the blog so it does not negatively impact the family. This concept of committment is a BIG deal for me.
Writing is skill. Like all skills the more you do it, the better it gets.
For years I have held on to my self-imposed label, “I am not a writer.” I have always had thoughts and ideas to write down, but used the label as an excuse for why I was not writing. Now the daily blog makes me get rid of the label and do what every other writer does…write. I have noticed my writing slowly improving. It takes less time write the blog and get the ideas down. I still have a long way to go regarding spelling and grammar, but even that is getting slowly better.
The internet can be your friend.
Anyone who know me personally will tell you I have not been a big fan of electronic media. I am old-fashioned in many ways and it has been very hard for me to embrace all the new media technology. I place big restrictions for my family on how and when media can be used. I put off getting computer for years, thinking my family would suffer if we had one in my home. Now, I’ll admit I use the computer more than anyone. The computer and internet have been amazing resource tools for me. Using the internet has made my work as a mother easier. I can research anything from career choices, parenting ideas and communicate to teachers all through the use of the internet.
Everyone has something to say.
When I first started the blog, I could not help but be filled with doubt. The newness of the situation felt so uncomfortable. I still struggle with this, but not as much. I realized that everyone has things they want to talk about and so do I. It is not necessary to have everyone read everything I write or to have every person agree with what I say. What is important is to recognize, we all have things to say. It is okay to find a way to express yourself and your life. Everyone can write and be heard.
I love my husband.
I love the man I married. I really do. I would have given up long ago, on many things in life, if not for his unwavering support. He is often times more confident in me, than I am. He does not allow me to wallow in the sea of self-doubt. My husband is a kind friend, who allows me to talk about the blog as much as I need to. He is proud of me for doing something so new and tells me often. I love the guy.
Just in case you forgot…the blog is a one year gig. I have ten more months to go. I take each day at a time, with the blog. Some days are harder than others, but I ‘ll get there.
Thanks for being with me. I would not be writing the blog, without knowing you are reading. It means a lot to me.
Peace and Joy.