This is a big one.
5 years. 5 long years. That’s how long ago it was when I first pushed ‘Publish’ and my first ever blog post went live, 5 years ago on this date. Honestly it doesn’t feel real, having kept this blog “alive” for that long. Sure there have been some slow times for it, motivation and such being little to none, but I’ve never given up on this blog and I never plan to. Over time things have changed since that first post, I’ve changed a lot too. I’m not some edgy teen typing away in some dark room every day, no that’s come and gone. This blog has grown up but I think it’s got some growing to do still.
I’m not talking about getting more views or followers (getting 10 views is now considered a big deal) but growing as in content wise. My never ending goal is to give this blog more time and attention and over the past while that never seems to happen, despite my best efforts. My yearly goal of posting more here loses momentum after January and seems to just coast for the rest of the year. Will 2018 be any different? I’d like it to be, seeing how this is my 5th year doing this.
I said in a tweet that I wish this blog was something I could still be proud of. What did I mean by that? Yes there are post and things about this blog that I do feel proud of, staying with it for 5 years being one of them, but aside from that I feel like I’ve lost that spark that really made me love blogging. I’ve been over the reason I started this blog many times so by now you should already know, but aside from that reason to write, which did keep me going for a while, over the years the flame slowly died out and just looking back at 2017 it really hit me how much I’ve given up on blogging. I only had 9 posts last year and at times went months between posts. Back in the day I was ranging from 5 to 20 posts a month, now I’ve got 9 a year. True you could bring out quality over quality and yes I’d wholly agree with you, but still I feel like I own it to this blog and my self to post more. I say I’ve got nothing to write about but honestly there is always something to write about, I just have to think hard enough and work on it. I frequently have these ideas that are there for a fleeting moment, something that I could flesh out into a blog post, but rarely do I follow up on those ideas. Things like that are what I kick myself over because I know I can write stuff for this blog, I just need the discipline to actually sit down and do it.
While this is an anniversary post, I’d still like to take a quick moment to thank the few people, if anyone, who still gives this blog an audience. If you’ve been with me from the very start or only recently starting following, thank you. True this wasn’t ever really supposed to be about getting tons of views and followers, but still having people read your content (and hopefully like it) is always a nice feeling to have. So once again, thank you all!
Looking ahead to 2018 I can’t say I’ve got any huge plans for myself or this blog. Aside from the obvious post more I’m not really sure what else, which is sad as this is my 5th year of doing this so I should be a veteran blogger by now. I’ll keep at it though, my never ending goal of posting more and keeping this blog above water. One thing I know for sure is that I don’t want to go months between posts again, that’s just not good and I really shouldn’t have let that happen. I do have a couple posts lined up for the very near future, both nendo posts, but hey it’s a start.
Blogging isn’t easy, it takes time and dedication along with lots of self discipline too if you want to stick to a set schedule. That said blogging is still something anyone can do, it takes a little work but it’s still attainable for pretty much anyone. I’ve been at this for 5 years and I still feel like I’ve got much to learn or improve on. One thing I need to work more on though as I’ve seen it recommend many times, is to connect with fellow bloggers. I know some great bloggers that I’ve met here and talk with on Twitter on a somewhat regular basis but taking time to explore the community, meet others, take part in blogging events and expend your world is something I really recommend doing, despite not doing it as much as I should. It’s not just a way to get people to follow you or read your content, but you can bounce ideas off them, collaborate on posts, help each other along the way, and make friends too. I stepped into this blogging world not knowing anyone really and over time I’ve met great bloggers, but more importantly great friends.
It’s been a real journey for the past 5 years. 5 years feels like a long time, but at the same time it feels like it’s gone by in a flash. I pushed the ‘Publish’ button for the first time back then and began this journey not knowing where it would take me or how long I’d stay at it, but here I am 5 years later still at it. I might not be as active here as I used to be, it may not be something I’m super proud of currently, but it’s still my blog that I won’t give up on. 5 years from now I’d like to look back at this blog, at this exact post, and be proud of how far things have gone since then. Blogging isn’t easy, it takes real work on your part but when you can look back at it and feel that sense of accomplishment, it’s something you’ll really be proud of.
5 years is a milestone and one I can say I’m proud of. Thank you for coming along with me on this journey and I hope you’ll still be with me 5 years from now too.
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next post.