This is the 100th post since I started my blog with WordPress almost a year ago. When I published the first entry on May 31, 2017, I wasn’t looking ahead at the hours of work involved when I made the commitment to posting twice a week. I had no clue how much effort it would take to create each entry and find the accompanying images– didn’t figure ahead that with 52 weeks in a year that would be 104 posts! I just jumped in and have learned by doing– the method that’s best for me.
I guess no matter what you do 100 times, you probably get better at it– or at least it’s more familiar. It helped to make a commitment to regularly producing my posts, the twice-weekly deadlines forcing a new discipline in my writing. Once I made the announcement that I would publish them on Wednesdays and Sundays, I had to stick with my decision.
That was a real challenge when I took last year’s journey. In Paris, I had problems with my computer and had to use the hotel’s. The keyboard was different in France, and I struggled with finding the right key– pecking out a word at the time, barely able to complete that post before we had to leave for the train station.
On Iona, the wifi was difficult to access from the Abbey and I had to walk down the road to a hotel lounge. Instead of getting to explore the island in our free time, I ordered a pot of tea and hurried to write my post before I had to be back for my evening kitchen duty. But some of that was a labor of love because I wanted to tell you in real time what I was experiencing so you could be with me on that journey. There were pictures of the stunning beauty of the island that I couldn’t wait to share.
One of the things I’ve had to let go of in blogging is my perfectionism. At first, I was afraid to make a post without having my writing group take a look. I’m not the best at grammar or punctuation, and I often miss spelling errors. But I couldn’t wait for others and I couldn’t afford an editor. I would do my best and hope that what I have to say, and my desire to inspire and encourage would outweigh my errors. You’ve been gracious as readers to overlook those flaws.
Many of my posts have been from portions of my memoir that is the story of my simultaneous struggle with a toxic job and cancer that’s interrupted by a serendipitous trip to Sedona. That journey-turned-pilgrimage was life-changing and became a template for the six that follow in my memoir and the seven that will be covered in the sequel. Because I’m working on publishing my book, I need more time for that project.
So, now that I’m fully aware of how much time goes into each post, I need to cut back to a weekly production that will be on Saturdays. I appreciate you all for being supportive readers and will let you know when my memoir’s available.
At times posting twice a week has been easy, other times it’s been hard, but always it’s been rewarding when I hear from you that what I’ve said has resonated with your life. It’s brought me joy when I hear that my words have inspired or encouraged you.
Thanks to everyone for your support for my 100 blog posts. I’ll talk with you again next Saturday.
What about you?
What new challenge do you need to jump into?
If you have done that in the past, what did you learn after a significant amount of time about the process and the product of that challenge?