Some of you may have been honored with a Bloggers Recognition Award or perhaps a Liebster, but has anyone snagged a Blogging Survivalist Award?
Probably not, because there’s no such animal.
I made it up, nominated myself, and graciously accepted my nomination.
Narcissism aside, November 1st marks my 1-year anniversary. One year ago, my first post went out to tens of followers, tallying an impressive 18 views and one ‘like’ during its debut.
Each journey begins with a single step.
Despite the fact that statistically, less than 10 percent of the 70 million new Blogs created each year will make it beyond 90 days, I somehow managed to survive, relatively unscathed. Okay, a little bit scathed.
Like many beginning Bloggers, I struggled at times throughout the year, some weeks grasping at elusive topic straws, straddling deadlines and drowning in self-doubt. Other weeks were fraught with frustration, mulling over site stats, contemplating theme changes, reassessing priorities.
But there were good times also.
While I jest about receiving a fictitious self-created award, I felt it important to acknowledge the milestone with a post, one that not only reminds me of where I’ve been, – and where I’m going, but one that also gives me a damn topic for the week. When the idea first came to me, I considered pontificating on the obvious; the pros and cons of the writer’s journey, struggles, peaks and valleys, what I’ve learned, what I wanted to share.
But I quickly bored myself.
So sufficed to say, despite being in the virtual blogging fox hole for 365 days, I’ve made strides, advanced creatively, but still face challenges. One year later I’ve yet to find my rhythm – or my niche for that matter. And I realize that may never happen. I’ve come to accept that Blogging doesn’t necessarily get easier with time, and perhaps that’s the point. There is no magical elixir, no fairy dust, neither time nor experience eases the workload, the commitment, the ‘ass in the chair’ requirement. The process cannot be circumvented for the sake of brevity, time management, or other interests. Not successfully, anyhow. And for good reason. While the process remains challenging, regardless of expertise, it’s the final product that benefits. Always. Practice makes perfect.
Or maybe I’m just not very good. That’s a possibility.
While I’m usually more adept at criticizing my work, I’ve taken the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and acknowledge the accomplishment. Despite the odds, despite irresistible clichés like ‘trials and tribulations’, my readership has grown, not by leaps and bounds, but steadily. And as I amass my tiny empire (insert laugh here), I have the great fortune to connect with other creative souls, talented writers, artists, poets and dreamers, one follow at a time.
As I mentioned in a previous post however, as pleasant and addictive as those ‘follows’, ‘comments’ and ‘likes’ can be, if you’re only in it for the notoriety, fame or heaven forbid – financial gain, the odds are stacked against you. Statistics and analytics play a role, but if your underlying motivation is anything other than sharing your passion with others, at some point, the ten-percenters will be holding a seat for you by the bar.
Or perhaps not. After all, at one year in, I’m no sage.
But hey, I just won an award.
For my followers, and anyone else who’s taken time to visit (even if you only stopped by because you were looking for lyrics to a Peter Gabriel song), I appreciate the click, nevertheless. Thanks for visiting.
No Blogging Award is complete without instructions for the next victim candidate:
The rules pertaining to the acceptance of the Blogging Survivalist Award (BSA) are simple:
- Achieve one of the following Blogging milestones: 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, (beyond 10 years, you’re a Zen Master, a virtual spiritual entity – Awards are pointless).
- Nominate yourself for the Award.
- Humbly accept the Award and acknowledge yourself for the nomination.
- Copy and Paste the Award to your Blog (feel free to use my image or create your own).
- Tell the world whatever it is you feel like sharing at that particular moment. Be nice.
- Bask in the spotlight for a day, then get back to work.
By the way, there’s nothing in the rules to indicate you cannot retro-post a BSA, so if you recently passed one, post away!
Congratulations on your milestone! Race you to the next one.
Until next time,