Since beginning this postaday 2011 challenge, everyday, the good folks at WordPress have been emailing topic ideas in case I find myself facing the white screen of death…writers block. Today’s suggestion: What made you decide to start a blog? Well, WordPress, you challenged me to post everyday for a year , remember? You challenged and I accepted. That is the truth and it would be easy enough to stop here and say goodnight. However, the question has been nagging me all day. Why on earth did I decide to start this, and why do I find it so important to do?
In my head I am thinking , seriously, a blog…but then I go back and read my first entry, and there I find my reason. I need to do this in order to find my focus for all the other things I want to do. I need to commit myself fully to this blog. It seems a bit strange to think that writing every day can make any difference in my life, but in my heart I know better. When you write your thoughts and feelings down you acknowledge their existence. When you publicize them , let’s say in a blog for anyone to see, you give them life. And when that happens, you owe them something. Or maybe you owe yourself something.
Every day, I hammer into my boys…”Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” This goes for sports, friendships, games, homework, finding something you have lost, solving problems, you name it. I tell them all the time that they can not give up because if they do, nothing happens. But, if they keep at it, there are all sorts of wonderful things that may happen. Things may work out exactly how you had planned, or maybe not. Maybe something unexpected will happen, something different, something better, something you needed to learn, but if you keep at it, something will happen.
So what is it that is making me blog? I need to find the way to make this so important it becomes an everyday part of me. I need to acknowledge that I need to it, I need to give it life. When this blog has life, then the other pieces will fall into place. This blog may provide me what I need , which seems to be a bit of structure, a bit of focus.
So yes, I accepted this challenge because if I didn’t nothing would happen, but now that I did, their is a whole world of opportunity open for me. It is mine and my blog’s right there for the taking. It has been only two weeks, fourteen days, fifty weeks and 351 days to go.
So far, I have learned to use WordPress, my iPad, the camera connection kit, Hootsuite, Twitter and facebook analytics. That is more then I expected.
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