You know that when you get the 1 day expiration notice that you’ve been putting something off for one of two reasons: you forget about it or you haven’t decided if it’s a good idea.
When WordPress renewal notices came for my site over the last month, I really was not sure I wanted to keep the blog alive, or if I wanted to keep my domain name. My posts had been somewhat sporadic over the last 12 months, nothing like I thought I would be posting. I had grand plans about posting every day, every week, every month. And I’m sure I would have if any of the following had been true:
- I had endless ideas or topics
- I had no family or work responsibilities
- I was more committed to actually achieving that goal
If you’ve been following my blog at all, you know that I do have family and work commitments to which I happily devote considerable time each day. It’s kind of like my exercise plans — full of good intentions, some improvements and development, but never consuming 100% of my life. Like many writers, I struggle to find worthy topics, or to even get beyond the planning or draft stages of writing. As an English teacher, many people assumed I am a writer. That writing comes naturally to me. Nope. I have to work at it. This blog has helped me get better, but I have a long way to go. In fact I know I will never stop growing as a writer, which is really the point.
As my first year as a more committed blogger has come to an end, I have taken the plunge and signed up for another year. To be fair, I have enjoyed the experience. I joined a few group blog activities that gave my efforts some focus, and I’ve found a ton of other great bloggers who have inspired me to keep going and trying new things. With luck, in the next year I will achieve a few more goals.