“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”– J. Pierpont Morgan
And so ends my first official week as a blogger. 23 posts, 13 subscriptions and over 500 hits later and I’m feeling pretty darn happy with my efforts (read: I’m awesome). I even surprised myself in posting something every day for 8 consecutive days, an idea which I initially scoffed at. I saw all the enthusiastic bloggers setting themselves a-story-a-day target, blogs about writing more, about writing every day, advocating to simply write write write and I thought to myself, ahh wouldn’t it be nice to have that much to say. And yet, against all odds here I am, with my post a day and you as my witnesses that it actually happened.
Which brings me to what I have enjoyed most about this week: the comments and the feedback from fellow bloggers. Oh! How my day improves when I receive that automated wordpress email, congratulating me that someone has enjoyed my post enough to click the ‘Like’ button. I’ve been a uni student for quite some time now, and so admit to enjoying the guilty pleasure of being told, in writing, that I’m doing something right. High Distinction, 90%, good work, congratulations. I don’t care how it comes, I just know I like it when it does. So sue me. But for so long, writing has been more of a private passion for me, not something I was likely to share with anybody until it was perfect, until my best-seller was finished and ready to hit the shelves…and so feedback was evidently few and far between. The self doubt was starting to get out of hand and I was ready to believe the little devil on my shoulder – that yes, my writing is rubbish and really there is no point even carrying on with this nonsense.
But alas, dear bloggers! You have renewed in me a confidence to carry on with the art, to make it better and to do exactly what I scoffed at in disbelief just one week ago … write write write.