It’s only 3 days away from my one year anniversary of blogging, so this week I’m going to dedicate each post to some reflections on my time here at No Love For Fatties, I’m a teacher remember? Basically all we do is reflect.
This question is on almost every blog, and especially those who have taken the Writing 101 course through Blogging U. As I’ve noted numerous times before, I started this blog as more of a journal. Last August I was in a confusing place in my life – I had just quit a part time job, hoping to save my sanity. I was still on the supply list for the school board I was in, and I hated it. It took me two years of professional teaching in Ontario to fully cement the idea that I hated classroom teaching (and about 2 months in South Korea to realize I hated teaching here too). I felt like I had no purpose in life at that point.
I always found writing in a journal to be therapeutic, but at times my ideas come to fast to physically write them down. With a blog, I can just type until I’ve run out of whatever idea I had and then let it go. I needed an outlet for my emotions and a way to sort things out, so I started this blog. It was originally on another site, but it kept crashing and was horrible. The entire website was unresponsive for a two week period around the end of September and as soon as it came back online, I copied all my posts and took down my site. I officially made the switch to WordPress. The experience has been much better over here.
I never intended anyone to ever read my posts. That’s why a few of my earlier ones are private or password protected. I had had “online journals” before but no one ever read them outside of my close personal circle of friends. With the one exception of the blog I kept during my first contract in South Korea. That one I posted the links to facebook and shared among my friends and family (I recently found it still getting hits 4 years after my last post!)
I had challenged myself to post every day for a month when I first got this blog. Well that lasted about 8 days… Pretty good for me actually! Then I joined a Blogging U course and I got my first like. Then my first follow. I was ecstatic! I started really participating in the assignments and the community and discovered this amazing thing that happens when you really engage in blogging. I made friends, I met a few people who I don’t exactly care for, but over all I’ve had an amazing year!
Don’t worry, I won’t be stopping any time soon! This isn’t a goodbye week at all. I’ve fallen in love with blogging and I’m not sure I could stop even if I wanted to! Is there some sort of Blogging Anonymous group for when I get to a point where I can’t blog any more? I will probably need it.
It’s been a fantastic year! I’ve grown as a person and as a writer. I am amazed every day when I see how many followers I have, I’ve been visited by a celebrity from my favourite TV show, and today I just found out that I had my first Facebook Share! At lest I think it’s my first facebook share? I didn’t get notified when it happened…
We’ve laughed and cried together. You have supported me when I really really needed it and I can’t tell you how thankful I am to all you amazing people who read this blog. Even if it’s just a one time thing, you are appreciated!
So here’s to you, and to another year of blogging!
*as always the pictures were supplied via google “royalty free image” search, and the gif by giphy.com*