Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog. Honestly, I never thought it would get this far. And what a year it’s been! Blogging so far has been an extremely enjoyable and educational process for me, and I’d like to reflect on that in this post.
I’ve learned a lot through blogging. The benefits go beyond becoming a better writer (which I will say, blogging has been the most helpful thing for my writing I’ve ever done). I’ve also learned important lessons such as time management, and dealing with frustration by persevering and never giving up. It’s been a rocky road, but one whose end is a happy one. It isn’t easy coping with the fact that it’s likely no one reads your blog (I’m optimistic, but the one view a day is by no means flattering), but I’ve learned to keep at it anyway. And it gets rewarded – every view, like, comment, and follow means the world to me for the blog.
It’s been a very fun experience. I always look forward to blogging, and never approach it with the mentality that it’s a chore. It’s a lot of fun to be able to vent on the internet, or to at least express whatever you may be feeling with some degree of anonymity. If I hadn’t wanted the anonymity, I would have used facebook. But the anonymity of it is what really makes the experience – it’s a lot of fun to write whatever you want, to just be yourself through your posts, and open yourself to the world that way. Like I said, it is very rewarding. I also enjoy the writing – I know a lot of my peers pale at the thought of writing for “fun,” but it’s a great way to improve your writing. I’ve learned so much in terms of how to write better, ranging from writing emotionally to better organizing a piece to better managing time to knowing what needs to be written and what doesn’t. My writing has improved exponentially as a result of blogging, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
That’s not to say I’m an ideal blogger. There have been several rough patches accented with a lack of posts. I’ve come close to losing the motivation to blog once or twice, but I’m happy I didn’t give up. Right now, as it has always been, I’d say my biggest problem is that I’m a perfectionist. A blog should be spontaneous, an extension of the individual. As much as I wish I could say otherwise, this blog is not spontaneous. I’m far too critical of the content that goes up, because I want everything that goes up to be absolutely perfect. Basically, I don’t want the blog dragged down by mediocre, sullen posts. Which is a natural desire, I guess, but I take it too far. You know it’s gone too far when you’ve sat in front of your laptop for over an hour (on multiple occasions, no joke) wondering what to blog, and being unable to decide in the end. So I’m really making a conscious effort to make the posts more spontaneous, and to better represent my true colors, instead of showcasing the person I want to be.
On a final note, I’d like to once again thank any and everyone who reads this blog for whatever reason, because it’s beyond me how I have any followers. I’d like to thank all my followers and readers for motivating me to make the blog what it is today. I never thought that in my first year I’d hit 50 followers and over 1500 views, so I cannot thank you enough if you take the time to read the blog. I hope you continue to follow for the days to come, as I know I’ll do my very best to make the content better than ever!