This past week marked one year of blogging for me. I can’t believe that the time has gone that fast but then of course I’m getting older and that is what old people do, they talk about the time going fast. WordPress provides many statistics for their bloggers, the one I find hard to believe is that I have 161 posts in my archives.
When I started the blog it was just to challenge myself to do something new and that meant learning the WordPress software for blogging. As I started writing my posts it was a place I could write about my flying experiences. I’ve wandered far and wide from my original post ideas for my blog.
I live in a small town and know only two pilots, one is only here seasonally. I love to talk about learning to fly so the blog gave me a place to do that since the closest local airport is 20 miles away and I couldn’t hang out there regularly. I have met many pilots through blogging that I can share my love of flight through their blogs.
One of the most interesting side benefits of the blog is that I am excited to get out of bed in the morning to write. This is a new habit for me. I am more of a late night person. I love to stay up late reading for hours which makes it difficult to get up in the morning.
My work schedule keeps pushing more into my evening hours, often not getting home until after 8pm which doesn’t leave much time for reading and definitely not much time for writing. My habits have shifted from less reading to more writing.
My desire to write drives me to get out of bed earlier and earlier so I can have time I crave to write before I had to leave for work. While I am at work I’m thinking about what I want to write about and thinking about what photo I could include and what research I might need to do before I post. It makes my workday go faster with my thoughts racing in different directions about writing.
Some days I wonder where the words will come from but approaching life as an observer provides plenty of writing material. Learning new things also provides writing material if you are willing to share the good and the not so great experiences, allowing others to learn from your mistakes.
I don’t know where this next year of blogging will lead me but the benefits of this past year and new habits will keep me coming back for more and pursuing new avenues in the new year, trying to do it better than the day before.