Don’t worry, I won’t navel gaze too much about this milestone. Mostly I just want to say, “Thank you,” to all my fabulous followers who have made this adventure so gratifying.
I thought it might also be fun to share the three things I found most surprising about blogging this year. Here’s what knocked my socks off…
The depth of the connections I have made with fellow bloggers and blog followers. I never imagined I could, or would, become friends with so many wonderful people; I mean seriously interesting, caring, unique people. People with a passion for the written word and talent beyond compare. People with humor, wit and wisdom. People who have been supportive beyond reason and always inspire me to be a better writer and person.
The far reaches my blog. I had no idea that somebody in Kazakhstan, Madagascar or New Caledonia would ever read my blog, or that dozens of people in Uganda, Kuwait, Mongolia, Nigeria, or Saudi Arabia would ever find it. How cool is that people from all over the globe have swung by to check it out? I try to imagine what these readers might look like and what they might think when The Art of an Improbable Life pops up on their computer screens. Blogging has literally opened up the entire world for me to share my words and my husband’s photographs.
The doors it has opened, the conversations it has started, the freedom it has given me to share my writing without waiting for the approval of a magazine editor or literary agent. Blogging has forced me to become a quicker thinker, and it has given me the confidence and discipline to pursue writing from many different angles. It has handed me numerous opportunities, which I’ve been thrilled to jump at, even when those opportunities may have left me feeling like a school girl on the first day of class at times. If it weren’t for taking that great leap into the blogosphere, I never would have started or completed several projects, including our book, Steve & i.
Now I’m curious about your experiences. What has surprised you most about blogging? What are your experiences in the blogosphere–either as a writer or as a follower or both? Leave me a comment. I’d love to know what you think. As I mentioned, connecting with you is the best part of blogging!
Want to know what my most popular posts or pages were over this past year (based on the number of times each was viewed)? I was surprised by a few. You can click on any link below if you’d like to take a peek.
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