12 Things I’ve Learned from Blogging for Six Months

cropped-seal_v2-04In January I decided to blog every day for the year and see what happened.  A little later I decided to blog only on weekdays.  I started on my business website where I had already written a few blogs and then moved to this one in March.

Here is what I’ve learned in this process:

  1. I love to write
  2. Some days I am good at it and some days I’m not
  3. I’m not good enough at it to get a good following
  4. The days my heart falls onto the page are the days the most people read it
  5. …but they are also the days that it takes the most out of me to write
  6. Most days provide a couple of good topics to write about
  7. It’s good to write down all the ideas because other days I can’t think of a thing to write
  8. My blog is not my journal; the journal is for the deep secrets of the soul and the blog gets the heart I wear on my sleeve; on occasion they are the same.
  9. Most days I don’t have a clue what I’ll write until I look at the empty space on the screen
  10. I have not idea who I really want to connect with by using a blog
  11. While it would be wonderful to have a blog that was wildly successful and made lots of money for me, the most important thing for me to do with my blog is touch lives.  If I only touch one life with a smile or a tear or a little motivation each day then it is worth the effort.
  12. I still don’t really have much of a clue how to do this well so I’m taking Blogging 101 AGAIN.

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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6 Responses to 12 Things I’ve Learned from Blogging for Six Months

  1. I think what you posted is where most of us stand with blogging. 😉 Keep on going! 😉

  2. I love this! Thank you for sharing. I completely agree with 4, 5 & 11. So true.

  3. You’re very dedicated. I hope I can keep up blogging as consistently as you do.

  4. koolitzable says:

    Oh now getting the idea on the differences between journal and blog, thank you for sharing 😉

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