Breakout the celebratory piñata, this is my 30th post in 30 days.
I met my goal of writing every day for a month. I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of joy out of putting my thoughts in order and sharing them. I seem to learn more about myself when my words and thoughts are on the way out rather than trying to assess what’s going on inside. Many times, I have an idea of what I want to say, but often it takes shape as I write. Perhaps it’s bad form, but I don’t do a lot of refining and construction. My posts have been more raw and spontaneous. I use Evernote for all my note taking and have notes upon notes of thoughts, ideas, poems and projects left to share.
Now that I’ve completed my 30-day challenge and experienced the satisfaction that goes with creating something personal, I’m going to be more loose with my postings. There will certainly be consecutive days, but there may be some gaps, too. There are things I want to write about that require more research and time to develop than I have in a single day to post.
Here are some interesting stats.
- Over the last 30 days, my blog has been read nearly 1100 times.
- The blog has been read by people in the US, UK, Israel, Canada, Belgium, Madagascar (thanks Mahoneys!), India, Australia, Sweden, France, Malaysia, Ecuador, Jordan, German and Netherlands. Wow! I have no idea how these people found me.
- Aside from the homepage, the individual posts with the most views are my first post, this one about wrestling and this one about my time as a lifeguard.
Over the last 30 days, I’ve allowed myself to be vulnerable and transparent. I’ve laughed out loud at myself and I’ve shed some tears while writing these posts. Early on, I referred to a question my Blogging Sherpa brought up when I was inquiring about audience. She asked, “what would you do if you were guaranteed to never get anything in return except personal satisfaction?” I found my answer. I’d love it. I’d certainly keep writing. I understand the value of an outlet. From time to time, I have gotten comments from some readers. I sincerely appreciate all the thoughts, comments, texts and emails I’ve gotten in response to the blog. You have really encouraged me and I hope you have laughed or been encouraged as well.