Today might seem like any ordinary day, but it is quite a momentous occasion. Today marks one month that I have been blogging on my new site! Yay! I know what you’re thinking: one month, big whoop. But it’s kind of a big deal to me. I’ve been writing most of my life and I’ve had blogs before, but there’s something about trying to reach a larger audience that makes it a bigger deal.
There’s a lot of self-doubt that comes into play when blogging. What if no one reads my blog? What if people read my blog and hate it? What if it fails? Anytime you decide to put yourself out there and take a risk, failure is always a possibility. However, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. According to my psychic, my spiritual guides are telling me to not limit myself – to open the door even though I don’t know what’s behind it. And that’s exactly what I did by starting this blog: I opened a door.
Now that I have been blogging for one full month, I decided it was time to clearly state what my intentions are with this blog. Hence, the Blog Manifesto (just imagine angels singing and playing those flugle-horn thingies in the background)!
Why I Started a Blog:
At the beginning of 2017, my life got turned upside down (for the 17 millionth time!). My husband and I were both working full-time jobs in Asheville, NC with our two kids. My husband was a territory sales rep for a large company working towards a promotion. I was a 7th grade language arts teacher (aka professional cat herder). My daughter was in a second grade Spanish immersion program and my son went to a Montessori daycare. Just a couple of months earlier, my husband and I learned I was pregnant with our third child. Life was extremely busy and we couldn’t help feeling as though we were barely keeping our heads above water. We were ready for a change, we just didn’t know when it would happen or where it would take us.
In the middle of January, things got real. My husband was promoted to a new position in Minneapolis, MN, I quit my job, we bought a house in St. Paul and uprooted our entire lives. The best way to get into cold water is by jumping in with both feet, and that’s exactly what we did. I embraced the change and was excitedly looking forward to our new lives in the Twin Cities.
Once the dust settled, I started to get antsy. I had gone from working full-time to nothing in one fell swoop. I missed teaching, my students, my colleagues, and having a life outside of my family. I needed to do something for myself. So I did what many people have done when looking for a creative outlet: I started a blog.
What the Blog is About:
I have loved reading and books for as long as I can remember. From meeting Jan and Stan Berenstain at a book signing, to reading my first Harry Potter book, to sharing my love of reading with pre-teens, books have always been a huge part of my life. If you couldn’t already tell, I love talking about books almost as much as I love reading them! For me, my blog is an outlet to talk about things I love outside my role as a mom and wife (even though I mention my family in almost every blog post). For you, my blog will hopefully help you find your next read and give you a fresh perspective. I will occasionally discuss topics and events that are prevalent in my life, but the main focus will be all things literary.
What I’ve Learned So Far:
It’s hard to believe that I started on this journey one month ago. I’ve already learned so much and met some great people within that time. I actually learned how to successfully set up and navigate WordPress, I’ve discovered some pretty awesome blogs that I love to read, and I even made my own business cards! I feel more fulfilled taking a little time every day to read and write. And I’m learning how to be open, honest and to put myself out there. I went to my first blogging convention last weekend and learned a lot about how to have a successful blog. Right now, I’m incredibly excited to see what the future will hold.
To close, I would like to thank YOU for reading my blog. Sometimes, I feel like the only people reading my blog are family and friends (hi mom!), but I know there are a few people I’ve never met before reading it as well. To all my readers, you are such a huge support. Thank you for helping me create a community of voracious readers and bibliophiles and for supporting this creative outlet!