ONE YEAR. Wooohooo! I started blogging at WordPress about a year ago ( and 2 days, to be exact…) and there’s no turning back. Ahhhh!😊 Flashback to that pretty fateful day as I completed my very 1st blog on a cafe in a hospital while waiting for my doctor’s appointment ( which incidentally is where I also completed the final draft of this post — the only difference is I was at a waiting area for a medical procedure…). Armed with my laptop, a small notebook, a pen and yes, a cup of coffee (~wink~) – I finished the draft in just one sitting. I had 5 more blog posts after that…all in the SAME month. What a 1st month….yeah?!? Can you believe it? 🙄 I know, I know…I’ve regressed so much during the past year (~sigh~)….but hey, no regrets for now. Hopefully, THIS YEAR is a better one! Hello, REGULAR posts??? More frequent, no matter how short they may be. 🙂 After all, writing should not be forced. Or treated as a “push-button-let-those-ideas-flow” kind of thing. I believe it just hits you in a perfect way at a perfect time. So, WRITING is like LOVE. ♡♡♡ Hmmmm. 😄 You have to really love it to be able to MAKE those ideas come to life….to connect, to feel, to give it ALL and to share and bring your purpose to your readers.
My 1st year was nothing sort of overwhelming and outstanding but I’m content and very pleased that each piece was written just the way I’ve wanted to DO it. Some posts were left in “Drafts” for sooooo long, but somehow I managed to have them published in the end. Ha! There were hits and misses, surely…..but the good thing is that while learning the nuances and getting the “feel” of this thing called “blogging” – I just embraced everything that went with it. As in EVERYTHING! I gained a few followers, met and connected with people from different places on this entirely NEW platform. I also began following & reading a number of blogs. I admit I have favored a few over others. Some of them with their blogs existing for so many years. I can ONLY imagine how they’ve kept up with their “followers-slash-readers” faithfully and eagerly anticipating their NEXT posts, so much like when you’re waiting for THAT serving of your FAVORITE food on the table! I hope to be like THEM as I go along this journey ( yes, trying to be positive and optimistic though half-heartedly at that ‘coz i have some doubts, TBH…). They’ve been doing THIS for YEARRRSSS yet I wonder how they’ve managed on WHAT to write next and yes, how to write so beautifully at that consistently ( as having MY own bubble thought: How can I do that as ‘easily’ as them? Seems “second nature” eh? HOW???😶).
Well, on the same period last year – I also went into “freelance content writing” so that explains why I was not as “focused” and maybe, I was not as determined because I have another platform to look at. Blogs have no DEADLINES, unlike the writings you do with clients which have assigned contracts and milestones within them. With freelancing, you sell your skills to your clients and they get you if they find you to be a good fit. I had mostly ups and downs on this platform but I know that this is what I would rather DO for now than anything else. I’m enjoying the spontaneity and freedom of work hours. I am up to the varied writing challenges which somehow keep me constantly on my toes (with googling or giggling in between… 😉 ), LEARNING new things everyday and getting THERE….in time, perhaps! When I usually get bored or stuck, I do a LOT of other things to perk me up, keep me sane and a little more creative — whichever way I fancy at the MOMENT : read a book, watch TV, get to my social media or word games, listen to Spotify music, tend to the plants in the garden ( be it the dried leaves or the wilting flowers), walk around the house a few rounds, or maybe play with the dogs on very rare instances ( yep- not so much of a dog lover). Or take a 30-minute nap. SIMPLE AS THAT.👌
So, there are TWO “1-YEAR” milestones to be grateful for :
BLOGGING & Freelance CONTENT WRITING.
Thank you for following and reading my blogs for the past year. Thank you to my freelancing clients as well. SPECIAL MENTION to the one who mentored me on my very 1st writing assignment, Mr. C. I had to make 2 revisions before it was finally approved. I didn’t know better then but I’d like to believe that I’ve taken all those HARD lessons well enough to be able to last for a year. Ha! So much hope for BETTER things to come as I continue. But for NOW...
I WILL KEEP ON WRITING and BLOGGING!
HAPPY 1st YEAR ANNIVERSARY to ME!!!!! 🙂
Have a HAPPY LIFE!
"If you surrender to your passions, you will always shine bright."