My thoughts on blogging…and 2013
I really go back and forth with this blogging thing. I have periods when I hit a groove and start pumping out posts left and right, and then I have weeks where I feel like shutting the whole thing down altogether. There are times when writing is the most natural thing in the world for me to do, when words come to me quickly and the process is fun and easy. But most of the time I sit in a chair frozen, waiting for the thoughts to come. Many days I am really easily distracted by things like my dirty kitchen counter, a stupid movie or facebook. Most of the time my thoughts flitter like snowflakes–some of them stick, some of them don’t– and all I want is to be able to pin down at least one idea, one sentence that’s funny, sweet or vaguely interesting before it melts away.
If you’re someone who writes you know how frustrating the entire endeavor can be. I wish I were one of those people who could just write freely and edit themselves later, but unfortunately I clip and rearrange as I go along, which ends up making the process less organic and much more time-consuming. I still haven’t figured out the secret to this blogging thing. A friend asked what my goal was for the blog, and I had a really hard time answering the question. But I know that I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I hit “publish”, and I know that when I started putting this post together, I truly enjoyed going back through this year’s posts and pictures and reliving those experiences. So at least there’s that.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I write. I admit, the feedback I receive is a huge part of what keeps me going. If you weren’t here to read, I’d basically feel like I was just talking to myself, and trust me, I already do enough of that. I can’t promise consistent blogging in 2014. I’m not going to commit myself to posting 3 times a week or reaching a certain amount of followers. I’m not going to turn this into another obligation. But I am going to try to turn it into something bigger and better. What form that will take, I’m still not sure. But thanks for indulging me as I give it a shot.
Here are my 13 favorite posts from 2013. It was an exceptionally fun and special time in my life, and I’m sort of sad to see it go. But I’m excited and ready for the upcoming year and wish you much health and happiness in yours.