The end of July and the first half of August are always celebration times in our family. We celebrate three birthdays and a wedding anniversary in the span of eighteen days. Four years ago, my son Anthony delighted me with the birthday gift of setting up a WordPress blog for me. The blog today has been integrated into a website and upgraded by daughter Kate and the great folks at Plumb Media.
Since 2009, our family of four has grown to seven after two weddings and a baby, with baby #2 on the way. What a productive, happy, time we are enjoying.
And the blog?
Well, 350 blog posts, even if only 500 words long (most of mine are longer), would equal 175,000 words, enough to fill up the spines of two Stephen King novels. Unfortunately, not enough to rake in his royalties, but hey, this project was never about money.
The lesson in this anniversary? It is possible to write a little essay once a week and post it online. If you are a blogger, or thinking about becoming one, I hope you will be encouraged. You can do it!
The second lesson? If you had told me four years ago I had to write more than 175,000 words, I would have run the other direction. This blog’s never been about accumulating words either. But any goal worked at in manageable chunks and consistently over time can accumulate into a much larger end product.
How to take advantage of all 350 posts: two actions to take
- On the right-hand side of this blog post is a box that says “categories.” Click on the little triangle, and you will see an array of topics. If you have an interest in one of them, just click on it. Usually you will tap into a number of posts arranged from most recent to less recent.
- If you haven’t yet watched the short video in the upper right hand side of this page and signed up for the free guide book on “How to Write a Memoir,” please do! As an extra bonus, you will get short, weekly Magical Memoir Moments, with one picture and a few reflections and questions to prompt your own memory and imagination.
I see that this post is only 370 words long. Today, I’m going to be brief. But I would love to answer your questions in the comment section below. If you blog, what tips can you share to keep the posts useful and the task of writing a weekly essay from becoming a burden? If you are a reader, how can this blog better serve your needs?