Recently, my friend Lauren wrote about her 8th year as a blogger here on WordPress. Congratulations, Lauren!
Her words got me thinking about my first post, written on September 17th, 2012. I still remember the thrill I felt when I hit “Publish.” I wondered if anyone would actually read my words or if I’d get a comment.
I’ll admit, those first several months were lonely. With an occasional comment here and there, I felt as though I was talking to myself. As time went on, connections were made and eventually valuable friendships were formed. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this when I first started blogging. It’s a hidden perk in the blogging world no one tells you about when you first sign up.
Each of you has touched my life in your own unique way. You’ve watch me chase a crazy dream that I never really thought could come true. But more importantly, over the years, you’ve filled my world with smiles, laughter and tears, so thank you all for this amazing journey!
After reading Lauren’s post, I started scrolling through my first year of blogging. When I stopped cringing, I took special notice of a few closing lines from those early years.
September 17th, 2012
I am hopeful this blog will serve as a prelude to an exciting future as I pursue my passion for writing.
September 20, 2012
Maybe one day I’ll make a little money from my writing, but even if I never make a penny, I’ll continue to write because that’s what writers do. Recently, I was published for the first time and I can honestly say, seeing my story in print was the best payment ever! I may not be completely out of my shell, but at least by writing this blog, I’m peeking my head out now and then.
October 11, 2012
So what did I do after putting my first rejection letter into my desk drawer? I got on my laptop and started a new story to submit to the same magazine. It might take one year or five years, but I will be published in that magazine because I won’t stop submitting until I am.
***My third Woman’s World story will be on the newsstand on October 15th. It did take five years for that first story!
“Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.” ~ David Aston