It has been one year since I wrote & published my first blog post for Patio Postcards. It certainly has moved into more than I first thought.
Thank you to all of you for your many wonderful, supportive & kind comments. You have all helped me through some difficult days & continue to encourage me to keep at blogging.
Have I learned anything in the year? Oh yes, I think the biggest thing I have learned is how kind & welcoming everyone is. I continue to be in awe of how good people are at writing & engaging readers. I am envious of how good everyone is at photography.
Would I do anything differently? I think of my current writing style as quite vanilla with the odd streaking of some substance. I have written & deleted or just kept in draft so many posts, afraid of over sharing & judgement. I am resolved to move more into "publish" mode.
What will you keep the same? I personally like a blend of words & photos, so that will not change. I like a clean crisp font & I strive with ensuring grammar & spelling are correct, so that will not change.
What is the most fun of blogging? Connecting with people that are doing different things than me; experiencing challenging life situations; people who's life styles vary from mine; people with varying opinions & experiences. Some I can share in, some I can only marvel at. But the strong thread of connection of sameness we share in wanting to experience joy & overcome life's hurdles with grace & yes even humour.
What is the most challenging thing about blogging? There are so many well written, interesting & fun blogs, which I just do not have the time to read all of them. Those that I visit I do try to leave a comment. The biggest personal blog writing challenge I have, can be summed up with a quote "comparison is the thief of joy" - see note above about so many unpublished posts.
What are you looking forward to in regards to blogging? I am ready for Rinda's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt. I want to share my continued life learning in an exciting way on Mondays. I am keeping an eye out for SNAP collections & I challenge myself with creating a weekly gorgeous photo & 6 marveling words. I want to dabble more with 5 in 5 on the 5th & I certainly want to record what I am happy about. I am committed to sharing scrapbook pages created with regards to our 2016 Summer Manifesto - Ports of Call.
Thank you all for being my blogging friends & sticking with reading Patio Postcards.
PS - my post of 1 photo, 6 words will follow later in the day.