This is my 100th blog post.
When I posted my last blog I was surprised to notice it was number 99. I had no idea that I’d written so many posts over the last ten months.
I started this blog last July. Inspired by a vacation where I’d done a lot of soul searching and self-reflection and putting out an intention to change my life, I decided to tap into my creative side.
I thought writing would reduce my stress, help me focus, and give me something to put my energy into besides work. And it’s done all that and more. I decided to start blogging mostly for myself. “I’ll put it online,” I told my best friend. “And if people read it that’s cool. But it’s really for me.” And I meant that.
But people did read it. It’s not like I’m a super blogger, but with no promotion other than sharing on my social media accounts I’ve had over 5,000 views and over 2,300 visitors from 45 countries. I’m astounded by this. I have no idea how many of these people have found my blog, but I’m grateful to everyone who’s taken the time to read my posts.
Here’s what I learned from my first 99 posts:
- My most popular posts tend to be the more personal ones. Posts about challenging my negative self image to become a yoga model, an homage to my grandmother, and worrying about dressing my age were three of the most popular.
- Posts about yoga and meditation and breathwork have resonated with people, as well as posts about aging, and cultivating gratitude.
- People respond to vulnerability. Although I’m normally not a big sharer, in the posts where I put myself out the most, where I’ve opened myself up shined a light on my imperfections, I’ve received countless comments and words of solidarity.
- Sometimes posts make people look at things from a new perspective. I heard from several men who shared that my post about women’s fear helped them learn.
- I’ve loved the posts where I’ve had a question about something, done some research and shared it with others, like why songs and jingles stick in your head and why everyone but you is old.
- I am not alone. I read once that people suffer from terminal uniqueness. We often think we are the only ones with an issue or an experience, but that’s generally not true. When I’ve written about difficult topics like divorcing family or struggling with holidays, people shared their own struggles with me, and that gift of sharing gave me strength.
- Being open and vulnerable in my blog has helped me embrace those qualities in real life. I’ve had so many great conversations that started with “I love your blog, I didn’t know you…..”.
- Although it would be easy to write for clicks and likes, it’s important for me to continue to write for myself and stay true to my own voice and experience.
The most important thing I’ve learned from my blog is this: writing brings me joy and, like Marie Kondo says, it’s important to hold on to those things that bring you joy.
Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and most of all readers, thanks for your encouragement and support. Here’s to another 100 blog posts.
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