I just read the most awesome and inspirational blog about what keeps people like me blogging and writing. Despite having major computer issues right now, I am compelled to write more and more. I am battling the computer and still I love it, I have a serious passion for writing that’s what spurs me on to continue to post to this blog even though I feel like it is somewhat “stuck” right now.
I had the thought that maybe NOW is the time…right now…to take the leap and make some MAJOR changes to this blog. It’s time to do some house keeping, to delete some old blogs, perhaps update some, reorganize and spiff it up a bit. I have all this time on my hands with waiting for this move to happen, why not use it to improve something that is near and dear to me – my BLOG! Yeah, that’s the ticket, I need to seriously focus on doing exactly this.
I’ve been blogging here and elsewhere since 2008. This was not my original or first blog, I think I started way back on AOL (remember those days?) and when I quit AOL I smartly printed out my whole blog on there, which I have neatly tucked away in my files in storage. Some of that stuff would be great to re-read and edit to post on WP. I eventually ended up here a few years back – I can’t even remember when now! I really like WP’s platform, the options and the fact that it’s free. I never could really get into building myself a real webpage, although I did try a couple of times over the years, I just never quite figured it out. I don’t have to do much of that kind of work with WP, I can post all I want, and I have rarely tweaked the pages much. There is a LOT of crap, tons of posts that can be deleted (and will be very soon), and moved around.
Right now I have 423 public posts, 15 private posts and 82 documents I’ve written sitting in my “drafts” box! Amazingly I have just over 330 followers/readers, and I’m just 34 views shy of 100K! I NEVER check my stats or look to see where my readers are coming from, but I did today after reading Greatness via Passion’s blog titled “The Most Important Reason Why You Should Keep Blogging” – an awesome MUST READ for all fellow bloggers.
There are so many things that keep me blogging. Recently I’ve been blogging about mundane things going on in my life, but in the past I have blogged about all sorts of topics mostly related to living Butch in a small southern Maine town. I blogged about love for a while when I was in a rather heated situation with someone, but I have now chosen not to blog about my love life at all. It’s something that I will probably continue now to keep private and I will be removing all of the blogs related to that affair as well, although I have to say it was some of my more passionate writing from the heart. It was not worth the pain in the end. And is not something I wish to remain in this blog any longer than it takes me to bring the posts down to my private stash. It’s a year of my life that I will just keep in private memory, and that does not need to be read by any future readers.
Some of the reasons I blog are….
*Passion for writing, the process and the thinking involved
*Community building, meeting new people, making new friends and cultivating great relationships and stronger connections.
*Therapeutic stress relief. I tend to be very stressed out and writing helps me to think things through. I am passionate about life and what I am doing all the time, writing keeps me grounded and on track. It’s also a lot cheaper than the weekly visit to the head doctor!
*Wanting to somehow change the world one blog and one person at a time, to make my mark and let my opinions be heard. I love a good discussion, and when one of my blogs spurs a discussion I am very pleased. I promise to do a much better job now of responding to comments to make that happen a bit more!
*I love to share my life and stories with other in hopes of maybe inspiring someone else along the way. I welcome comments and emails anytime.
*To embrace my life today, and to remember how I got here.
For these, and a ton of other reasons too long to list, I shall remain dedicated to this blog and I won’t give up (as I have been considering doing as of late). I will be making many changes, and doing much weeding of the garbage out of it, like I have said.
I thank Greatness Via Passion for the inspiration and for really lighting a fire under my ass….yeah I will probably continue to swear, it’s something I do when I am really passionate about something or some subject. 🙂
Please if you are a writer/blogger go read Greatness Via Passion’s blog (link above) and I hope you are also inspired to really look at why you blog and tell us why too, and tell us what you plan for your blog going forward! ~Peace~