Five years ago, a desperate husband begged his disheveled wife to start a blog as a way to distract her mind from the catastrophe that was their fixer-upper.
We’d only been living in our newly purchased home for a couple weeks when Mr. Smith realized that I wasn’t handling the chaos very well.
You’d be scary, too, if you spent every resting moment painting or spackling or patching something for weeks and months on end. I’m painting doors in this photo. Cheap panel doors that I spent days patching and painting only to discover that they wouldn’t close after I rehung them. Sigh!
Pesky doors was just one of many reasons why I needed a blog to vent, share and process. Nevertheless, I was just too scared to embark on yet another new thing. Again, Mr. Smith is to thank for setting up my WordPress account and walking me through the whole process.
I published my first post on August 16, 2010 under the blog title Tales of A Clyde Woman and quickly grew addicted to clicking that little “publish” button. I published blogs about house progress, childhood, butts, Barbies and cinnamon rolls. So many cinnamon roll posts. Many of these older posts I’ve removed because they were either silly, irrelevant or interesting enough to remove and tweak for a book I’d like to publish one day. (My post about butts is one of the latter.)
In the meantime our house has gone from this:
Even now the front porch has undergone some changes. As long as there is work to be done, our house will keep on changing. Dare I wax poetic and say the same is true for people?
If you’ve been looking to start a blog or post more on that dusty blog you already started, here are a couple tips to help you get going:
1. Blog for YOU.
2. Blog consistently.
Write, write, write! Share, share, share! Afraid that no one will care, care, care? Then please refer to Tip #1.
Five years ago, I was one of the most self-conscious people you’d ever NOT want to keep up with. I could enter a room and immediately feel rejected for no reason. This belief caused me to look and act like a rejected person to which people acted accordingly and stayed away.
Blogging gave me the voice I always secretly desired but felt ashamed for wanting. “Blogging, pfft! How self-centered is that? What will people think if all I do is write about myself? (Even though I wish people knew who I truly was on the inside.)” But each time I hit “publish,” I gained the confidence to keep writing, keep sharing, keep growing.
And an amazing thing happened.
Somehow, precious readers like yourself decided to stop by and read what I had to say. Not only that, you went the extra mile and commented on my posts, followed my social media pages, stuck with me through a blog address change, tried my recipes. Your thoughtfulness and friendship is the payoff for all the hours I spend on this baby. Hugs and scones for all! But seriously, thank you. 🙂 If it werent for your readership, we may have never become acquainted or grown as close as we are today. Thank you for helping make these past five years the most enriching in my life.
So what’s in store for the next five years?
Well, I still plan on being here sharing my experiences with butts, Barbies and cinnamon rolls with you. However, it’s time to add some other elements to the mix. Therefore, it’s my hope of hopes to publish a book of short stories as well as a cookbook. Oh, that cookbook! So many adventures to be had in it’s making. Dear Future Self, I hope you’re reading this and are able to confirm that these dreams indeed came true. 🙂
What are your dreams for the next five years?