Can you believe it? This is my 100th blog! When I created this blog, I had no idea where it would take me. Suffering through a long bout of unemployment was taking a toll. All my education and past experience seemed not to matter in the job search, whereas youth and vigor appeared to be winning on all counts. Yikes, that left me out! Every position I sought required writing samples, and I had some good ones . . . but they were all dated; I had nothing current. In desperation it occurred to me that if I wrote a blog, I could kill two birds with one stone: hone my rusty writing skills, and build a portfolio of recent writing samples. Voila! Problem solved. Then I thought of another benefit of writing a blog, and that was creating a memoir for my children, something they had asked for but for one reason or another I never got around to doing. WordPress.com came to the rescue and I started a blog. As to its title, for lack of anything better I just used my name. If I was going to use this medium to display writing skills for future employers, my name needed to be visible. In hindsight however, if I had known then the direction I would take with this blog, I think that I would have put a little more creative energy into a cuter, snazzier, catchier, whatever-ier title. Oh well . . . I’ve tried to change it but haven’t figured out how. Any advice from my WordPress buddies is most welcome!
It didn’t take long for me to become hooked on the writing. I did not write on a regular basis, but when I did, it was fulfilling, meaningful, and fun. In time I learned to upload photos and insert them in my postings. Not only was I writing again, I also picked up the camera and another laid-aside interest that I loved was rekindled. I was writing about daily events, memories from days gone by, family history, and sharing photos. To be honest, the job hunt took a back burner to this venture. The creative juices were flowing again, and I looked forward to each new post, photographing everything in sight, and thinking about how to make money doing these things that I loved. I was still sending out resumes, but the blog was my lifeline to sanity.
But I still had to do something about a job. One day the thought came to me, why keep looking for a job? Why not take matters into my own hands and create my parnassah (livelihood) as befits us? I’m too old to keep going through rejection from people whose jobs I could do blindfolded! That is when I developed “The Plan”: Return to school to get my masters in mental health counseling, then I can contract my work as suits me while doing something I like and have proven myself to be good at; develop notecards using my photographs and inspirational verses of Psalms that I can market; continue blogging; create a web site where I can market my skills (writing, photography, notecards, counseling). (see June 29, 2010, http://wp.me/pIeHU-7f for The Plan)
Today I am in my fourth quarter of graduate school as I work toward that degree and license as a professional counselor. I have created several sets of notecards to start marketing. At this point I have not created a web page other than this blog, but I think I’m about ready for that. My hope is that I will begin to bring in some money with the web page, too. I am making this dream happen, one day at a time, one step at a time. I am working the plan!
And to think that this dream crystallized all because I started a blog in hopes of impressing a potential employer with my writing skills! Go figure! Little did I know how I would enjoy blogging, reading other bloggers’ posts, sharing photographs, giving and receiving encouragement to people all around the world. This is not a big, well advertised, widely read blog, but maybe someday. It is enough, however. I’m finding that “enough” makes me a rich woman. I have enough food to need to watch my weight, enough shelter to think of going smaller, enough health to keep me in good spirits, enough creativity to live vibrantly, enough love to share it freely, enough family and friends to add joyfulness to every aspect of life. I have enough.
Following are some facts about this blog:
First blog posted: November 17, 2009
100th blog posted: May, 9, 2011
Number of hits in 2009: 406 (6 weeks only)
Number of hits in 2010: 1292
Number of hits thus far in 2011: 1736
Biggest number of hits in a month to date: April, 2011 with 490 (This month, May, I already have 277 hits so I expect it will surpass April’s record before the month is out.)
Do any of these numbers matter: Not really. It is just nice to see how the blog has grown.
Before another 100 blogs, I hope to have an official web site. Whether I reach that goal by then, or not, I will reach that goal and I will have fun doing it. Thanks to every one of you who has taken time to read a blog or two, or to leave a comment when so moved. I now have friends that circle the globe. Thanks also to WordPress for making this medium of communication so accessible to those of us who haven’t an ounce of “IT geekiness” in our bodies! I look forward to writing many more blogs, shooting massive amounts of photos, sharing the journey with anyone who will read this, meeting many more bloggers and developing more friendships.
Richard, my dear, special thanks to you for tolerating the intensity with which I write, the quirky ideas I always share with you even when you have better things to do, and for coming along as my “protector” and equipment carrier when I want to go to odd places at odd hours to see what wonderful things I can photograph. You truly are my sunshine! (Please don’t be embarrassed that I added this paragraph. You are a special man and I want the world to know!)
And forgive me for getting all gushy and mushy with the thanks. I know it sounds like an award show, but . . . oh well. This is my 100th blog post!