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Friday, April 20, 2012

About Life with a New Blog

I feel like this has been a rollercoaster ride.  I was overwhelmed by the rush of support (and comments) that I received on my first 2 or 3 postings.  This was thanks in part to the lovely new friends I’ve made at Better Writer.  It’s been hard to not feel a letdown.  But seriously, I can’t read every blog I would like to every day.  Why should I expect the same from others?  That’s unreasonable.  And that is the first thing I’ve learned.  I can be unreasonable.  I hold my 3 year old to a higher standard than I will hold myself sometimes.  A 3 year old!!  Wake up and smell the goldfish!  What kind of way to live is that?

I’ve also learned how breathless we become outside of community.  It is a suffocation of sorts to be in isolation from friends and fellow sojourners.  We thrive and are courageous when we know others have our backs, including my wonderful little sister.  We’ll take that risk we’ve been secretly dreaming of because someone was bold enough to ask us to do it – OUT LOUD!  Maybe we jump because we don’t want to disappoint others.  In the end, aren’t we the ones who would’ve been left disappointed?  Community is the thing that catches us when we take the leap, and fall flat on our faces.  It is also what pulls us up, dusts us off, and sets us on our way again.  This is where I receive blessing and am able to give it at the same time.  To all my new found friends, I thank you for both.  I also learned that old friendship is worth driving roughly 2 hours in suburban D.C. rush hour traffic to maintain.  Friendships are worth the effort!

On a more practical note, I am learning how to follow through more, manage my precious time better and even getting some new skills.  If you had told me 2 months ago I would be manipulating HTML code, I would’ve looked at you quizzically and said, “Huh?”  But that is just what I was doing a couple nights this week.  My inner geek is thriving.  Do you smell that?  It’s the smoke coming out of my ears from the little gears in my head turning.  They’ve needed to be shaken loose and this is just the thing to do it.

This is all still a work in progress, or WIP as the savvy kids say.  I’ll learn more and in time laugh at the notion that I started this at all with so few tricks in my bag.  Didn’t I know that it would be a long trip and that I needed to prepare more?  Well, I’m just keeping my eyes peeled for those little roadside stops to pick up what I need and want.  Aren’t those the dearest treasures?  The things you found on your journeys.  You, readers, are that for me.  Deepest thanks.






I linked this up with Pieces of Amy today.

15 comments:

  1. Sweet post. I think starting is half the battle. I'm proud of you for doing so before you had "everything" worked out, for let me tell you things will change! LOL

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    1. Thank you! It's been interesting and I've had lots of help. ;)

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  2. Love this post, Amy! It is great to read your behind-the-scenes thoughts. One thing that I read recently (and I can't remember where :( ) is that the best writers didn't start out amazing. They wrote and wrote and wrote and developed their craft. Blogging is intimidating because it is out there for everyone to see! But we need to have the freedom to fail and the willingness to keep trying.
    And you are so right- community is essential. I am so thankful for you and all of the support that you have been to me. And now I get to truly share this journey with you. THANK YOU for all that you are putting into blogging. I KNOW it will be worthwhile for you (as you have already attested to!).
    Love you!

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    1. Thank you, thank you. I read that same thing about writing. It's like learning to ski in public and we both know what happened last time I did that. :)

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  3. I wish my inner geek was thriving. I have come across stuff I wanted to do that required manipulating code and I get intimidated and don't try. I'm afraid of crashing everything.

    I agree about missing the support. While I have appreciated not having to come up with the daily assignments, I have also not had daily encouragement. So I kind of feel like I got pushed off the deep end and told "now swim!" :)

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    1. I'm afraid to try the big stuff too. That little reminder that says "be sure to save a copy of your template before you blow it out of the water" scares me. I do want to learn more, though. Maybe a test crash dummy blog would be helpful. :)

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  4. Ahh Love your blog... Totally agree friends are so worth the effort.
    Look forward to reading your blog more:)

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    1. Welcome and thank you. I just hopped over and saw your tree. :) Beautiful as well! I'll definitely be back.

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  5. Hurray for community! I have such a hard time keeping up with the blogs that I want to read and sometimes I read will quick, but don't take the time to comment. And them I wonder why I get 30 hits on a post and only 2 comments! :)

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    1. Typos abound... My iPad is not cooperating! I only use HTML code I can copy and paste

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    2. Then those are mighty impressive typos in my book! Thanks for dropping by. I hope that indeed there were no comment hoops for you. :)

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  6. Sweet post, my friend!! And I am so thankful that you suffered through 2 (!) hours of DC traffic to visit with us. Friendship is DEFINITELy worth it and I am so grateful for yours! I love your blog and that fact that you are out here doing it. You are an amazingly talented woman with so much to share -- it just wouldn't be right if you didn't! Love you bunches. Keep it up and keep braving the great unknown HTML code and all :) Big hugs.

    xoxo

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    1. Not all of that was rush hour. I also got to see another friend last Saturday from my first Chicago Bible study with her little girl. I'd drive it all again in a heartbeat! Although, I would plan my route better! :)

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  7. To my fellow brown-haired-girl, this was beautiful! I'm right there with you on the community thing - I have a HUGE tendency toward hermitage. Thanks for linking up today!

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  8. You are welcome! I'm a total extrovert, but have been placed in a little bit of a secluded situation. Not having community is hard for me. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

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