“What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.” Eckhart Tolle
Today I signed up for the WordPress Zero to Hero daily challenge. Our first assignment is to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
Who and Why? My initial reaction to the question was to wax philosophical and this is what came out: I am a child of the earth and, when the storms come, I return to the familiar; my faith and family. This is true but there are some facts about me and my blogging interests that might appeal to a new blog friend. My basic bio is on my About Page and I’ve been blogging for 5+ years. I started as a way to stay in touch with my agents and then it evolved into a personal lifestyle blog. As far as blogging is concerned, I call myself a Peace and Lifestyle Blogger. I’d love to add humor to that short list but I’m not quite there.
Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal? I blog because I enjoy the process of exchanging ideas, writing about topics that intrigue me and my readers, and purely for the joy of writing and sharing. Writing is hard work but the joy comes after each piece is born and molded into something readable. I keep personal journals too because my writing life doesn’t end here. I have two other blogs, several folders, and notepads of material accumulated over the years. What about you? More below!
“Who am I to blow against the wind?” Paul Simon
What topics do you think you’ll write about? I write about a wide range of topics. I often refer to my blog as eclectic but Googlebots don’t like that word, and recently, one audacious bot referred to me in unsavory terms. So think carefully about your blog and remember that in Robot-land, myopia rules supreme: Code Name “Quality Content.” – also known as $ubjective $*%t! Some see variety as great and others as not so great… What matters is that you write what you know/care about and connect with like minded souls. Me? I’m an ocean of tumultuous waves and ideas…
Who would you love to connect with via your blog? In the 5+ years of blogging on the WordPress and Blogger platforms, I’ve made great friends and learned a lot about this rarefied blogging bubble we inhabit. I’ve met successful bloggers who generously help others, and I’ve crossed paths with my share of ego-driven, thin skinned bloggers. I’m happy to connect with bloggers who care and are compassionate about others in our community and in the world beyond blogging.
If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished? Honestly, I’m more interested in the journey than the destination. I took a long hiatus from blogging in 2013 for a slew of reasons I touched on elsewhere. I missed the daily interaction and although I might not be able to spend 18 hours a day on blogging, I’m focused on doing better. My accomplishment would be of intrinsic value. It’s been a pleasure chatting with myself and pretending I’m at lunch with Oprah and Barbara. What a life! Now lets talk about you? Who Are You and Why Are You Here?
Did you have an auspicious beginning to 2014? What do you hope to accomplish this year? Do share. Thank you! ♥Happy New Year!
Positive Motivation Tip: Reflect on what you’ve accomplished or missed and focus on doing better in the coming year. Try! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR