November is a special month and it isn’t because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in America. It’s the month simpleek was born and my blogging journey began.
Five years of blogging may seem like an impossible feat for some people, especially when life is constantly moving and changes at a drop of a hat. As I write this now, I admittedly almost forgot about my blog’s birthday. The reason mostly has to do with feeling jetlag after coming back from a three week vacation. This year has been particularly busy for me personally and I’m in the process of changing a number of things in my life at the moment. Despite what’s going on outside of my blogging life, my blog has always been very important to me.
The blog hasn’t turned into the cash cow I wish it would be, but I believe I’m already profiting from my blog in other ways. My blog has given me a space to express myself in my own voice that is uniquely mine and not anyone else. My thoughts and opinions are shared with an entire world willing to take the time to read what I have to say. The best part about blogging, and it remains the same after consistently doing this for five years, is the reader interaction. The exchange of words and reading an opinion that may be different from your own with an open mind allows me to either enhance or challenge my own views.
I don’t necessarily have to remain loyal to my blog. I could have quit after two or three years and think nothing of it. In some ways, it might take some of the pressure off of juggling more than one personal obligation I’ve got going on at a time. But when I think about shutting down my blog and walking away from it for good, it never feels right. It’s as if I’m ripping out or denying a part of myself. My identity. Writing and self-expression has always been a significant part of my life and it isn’t something I can walk away from so easily without feeling as if I’m missing something.
Like any craft, writing requires time, patience, dedication, passion, and the act of doing. Does someone get good at something by suddenly stopping what they’re doing? No, it doesn’t work like that. By continuing with what you love to do, whether or not it brings you fame or fortune, you’re continuing to hone your skills. My blog has also served as a space to practice the art of writing and coming up with new ideas to entertain or interest my readers every week. Does keeping a blog for five years make me an expert? Yes and no. I certainly learned what topics readers might respond to or how to write my thoughts in a way that gets my point across clearly and with relevant facts or details to back those opinions up. But I don’t think I’m much of an expert in a sense that what I’ve written will impact readers in the same way a trusted and well regarded source of information might command. I’m one of millions in a faceless crowd behind a computer screen hoping my words get read in the world like anybody else who has got something to say.
Maybe someday my blog will lead me to fame or fortune. Maybe it won’t. Regardless of what my path in life will end up being for me, I keep my blog because I still love it after five years. I’ve made friends along the way through this medium and it remains my sole avenue to connecting to as many people I can reach. simpleek is here to stay and I have my eye on making it to six years. Thank you to my readers and visitors who help make simpleek a flourishing and fun place to maintain year after year.