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.
January 15, 2011 at 10:06 am
You have proven yourself a fine writer and photographer. You are so good to allow the creative juices to flow! I have to say it again, thank you for sharing your gifts with the world! God made you to desire to write – I do believe that because He is the giver of all talents and gifts!
January 15, 2011 at 10:49 am
Thank you Linda, you are always such an encourager. Hope to read more of your writing soon.
January 15, 2011 at 11:05 am
Well, you certainly are an inspiration to me for setting such a goal – to write more! I have lots of notes and scraps of paper, things I need to get written into some sort of organization! It’s the time factor I let hold me back. I need to quit using excuses!:+)
January 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm
I can understand the time constraints, working a full-time job takes so much time away from the things I would like to spend my time on and I only have a 4 mile commute unlike your long commute.
January 15, 2011 at 11:03 am
Happy Blogiversary, Jeanne! I’m glad to have found you!
January 15, 2011 at 11:07 am
Thanks Wendy. I am so glad I found your blog and so many others. You make my day with your posts.
January 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Happy Anniversary, Jeanne! Glad you’re flying at WordPress! 🙂
January 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Thanks! It’s been fun learning new things this past year. It has been at times frustrating learning how to post pictures in my posts but now even that is fun.
Carol Ann Hoel
January 15, 2011 at 8:17 pm
Congrats for blogging one whole year! I’ve only been blogging for a few days more than six months. I enjoy your blog, Jeanne, and I look forward to the photos on your new blog. Blessings to you…
January 16, 2011 at 8:52 am
Thanks Carol. It’s been so much fun. I’ve enjoyed your blog as well. Blessings, Jeanne
January 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm
Congratulations and I look forward to continuing to following your blog. I think it is a sign of true commitment that you have actually changed your habits to accomodate your writing–the first step toward success, I’m sure.
January 16, 2011 at 8:54 am
Thanks Thomas. Getting up earlier has been hard especially if I slip in an occasional late night of reading which I still enjoy.
January 16, 2011 at 7:34 am
You are inspiring, Jeanne – you just go ahead and make new things happen in your life. Your blog is testament to that. I’m glad you chose to start writing and that we found each other this way.
January 16, 2011 at 8:55 am
I’m glad you have done the same. I’ve learned so much from you these past few months. Blessings, Jeanne
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January 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Great job, Jeanne! What a positive change you’ve made in your life. That’s so wonderful!
January 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm
It’s so good to hear from you again Tyler. I’ve been wondering what you were up to!