3 Years of Blogging!

It’s been 3 years since I started this blog. I started in July 2008. It’s been an incredible journey! I’ve learned a lot about myself, about writing, about connecting, about inspiring, about creativity, about web design . . . the list could go on and on. It’s been a great experience.

If my blog has helped you, encouraged you, or inspired you, I would love to hear that! Leave me a comment in this post or send me a message on FB or Twitter!

As for 3 years of blogging:

I’ve Loved:

  • Being able to Publish Daily – I love that you can get your “work” out on a consistent basis and have it open for the whole world to see. 
  • Helping People – I love when people tell me that my writing helped them in life! 
  • The Challenge/Stretching Myself – It’s hard to come up with material day in and day out! Blogging has caused me to grow and stretch so much personally.
  • Building a Platform – Writing has definitely helped develop a platform for me, while I still have a long way to go, my blog is vital to some of my long-term goals!
  • The People I’ve Met Through Blogging – It’s opened up the world to me! I’ve met some great bloggers and connected with them all over the world! It’s been awesome!

I’ve been surprised by:

  • The People I can Reach Through Blogging – I can’t tell you how many messages I’ve received saying that through my blog, I’ve helped people through problems, inspired them to dream, and encouraged them to keep going. My favorite story is: I was at a conference in Southern California, and a guy came up to me and said, “Are you Bubba Smith?” “Yes…” “I read your blog everyday man! Thanks for everything you do! I’m from West Virginia!”. It was crazy!

I’ve Been Frustrated By:

  • The “Pressure” to Blog Everyday – I feel guilty if I don’t publish at least 4 days a week! It’s something I need to work on and be ok with.
  • Writer’s “Block” – Sometimes I sit at my keyboard and have absolutely nothing to type! I can’t tell you how frustrating that is! I’m learning that when I don’t have it . . . I don’t have it and I just need to go do something else for a while, then come back to my screen and go at it!
  • Being Able to Publish Immediately – While I’ve loved this, I’ve also hated it. Because I can publish immediately, I often put off long-term projects like writing a book, for publishing a blog post. It’s easy because I can publish immediately and get instant feedback, a book takes a lot longer. However, I know long-term a book is something I need to get done, in order to complete it, I’ll probably have to put blogging on a shelf for a while!

 Do you blog? If not, why? If so, what have you learned through blogging?

 

 

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