“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” Anon
What is the biggest lesson you learned this year? The Daily Post question today got me thinking about the genesis of my blogging life to date. When I started blogging in November 2008, I didn’t know much about blogging nor did I feel the urge to add more than one post that month. My post was very long and there were no visuals or even links; I simply didn’t know how to add them. As the months rolled by (2 in December ’08, 1 in January ’09), I added a few more posts on whatever topic I felt interested in writing about and left the results to the winds. You see, I was exploring the medium and knew very little about the full blown range of things I continue to learn about today; blog buddies, commenting, linking up, video, photos, quotes, guest blogging, picking a niche… Oh, even a blog hop – our fortnight hop from 3/14-3/28 is on my sidebar and here! You got it.
“Stay the course, light a star, Change the world where’er you are.” Richard Le Gallienne
By April of 2009, I think, I joined Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog and learned a ton of stuff about blogging and it helped me improve my effort and develop new ideas for my blog. Since those early days, I have gone from the occasional post to a weekly post, to bi-weekly and now daily, and the one lesson that stands out in my mind is that blogging demands fortitude — an unyielding perseverance to keep at your craft regardless of the daily drama that surrounds you.
When I signed on for the daily post challenge, I figured it would be a wonderful way to stay committed to writing daily; both online and off and that I would learn more about blogging; I have and it’s been both one hell of a
bitchy brutal yet beautiful ride and a blessing. I thought I would always come joyfully to the template and find wisdom and genius waiting for me. Yeah right! Honestly, some days, I’m not even sure I have a single clear thought in my head, let alone a complete sentence… But then the very urge that made me say yes to the challenge (I must have been temporarily insane ), has given me the courage and the wherewithal to find a comment, an idea, a quote, a daily post, a conversation, an event, a photo or an inner prompting to daily write a post and add my voice to the conversation.