Reflections on one year of blogging
This week marks the one-year anniversary of my blog Destinations, Detours and Dreams. Fifty-two weeks, two posts a week. A one-year anniversary may not sound as impressive as a ten-year or a twenty-five-year one. But it feels significant to me.
I still do not completely understand all the reasons that led me to start blogging. I wanted to write and be read. I wanted to share information and ideas. I wanted to relive my travel experiences. As I prepared for my first “snowbird” winter and struggled to easily find all the information I needed, in spite of the fact that many people travel south for the winter, I thought sharing what I learned might help someone else in a similar situation. And, maybe, I just wanted to see if I could do it.
The blog has taken a lot of energy over the past year, with many ups and downs along the way. There’s been frustration in finding ways to attract readers. I’ve sometimes worried about how posts will be received. There’s been excitement in finding a comment posted. I’ve cursed the time blogging has taken away from other writing. I’ve celebrated positive feedback. There have been technical challenges as I struggled to do something that didn’t easily fit into the Blogger standard design options. I discovered other bloggers on the Internet willing to share tips, and have occasionally braved into the world of html. I’ve been awed by the creative spirit that exists within all of us. At times when I thought I would have nothing to write the next day, several blog topics ideas would arise, seemingly from nowhere. And I’ve had a lot of fun.
I don’t know if my little blog has much impact on the rest of the world, but it has had a huge impact on me. I’ve become a better writer. I watch and experience the world with different eyes. Through the background research I’ve done, I’ve learned much and enriched my own experiences. I’ve ventured into new social media realms and discovered many interesting people, blogs, and ideas.
As I end my first year of blogging, I extend a big THANK YOU to my husband, who is my copy editor and proof-reader. We’ve had many discussions on the correct placement of commas and the use of hyphenated words. His keen eye has made my posts more readable.
As I enter my second year of blogging, I ask my readers: What would you like to see on my blog in the upcoming year?