Friday, January 11, 2013
A New Year and No More Reluctance
Yesterday marked my blog's first anniversary. This is quite an accomplishment considering I never had any intention of starting one in the first place. Blogs (one of the most unappealing words, I think) did not interest me and I didn't really feel I had anything of narrative substance to offer readers. I also didn't think I could keep up with the world's multitude who feel they do have a lot to say. But I took advice and reluctantly started one, never thinking I'd keep it updated.
I began 2012 as "The Reluctant Blogger" thinking I must be the only person keeping a blog who did so unwillingly. Clever, even. Boy, was I wrong. There are a lot of reluctant bloggers out there lending a voice to everything under the sun...diets, recipes, special interests, writing, acting, music, non-profits and businesses. And I realize that each one of them do have something to say, however reluctant they may be, to those who are willing to listen. If readers found them, then certainly I must have a minuscule place in the blogger world, I rationalized.
So the year's posts consisted of an eclectic and varied bit of "accounting" on my life, ideas and thoughts, in general. I strayed from living in a haunted house to what Peyton Manning meant to me. I mulled over time spent in Rome, Italy and the need to save our wild Mustangs, to funny things my kids said and living through the death of a pet. My former antiques' business was the subject of a post, along with some short stories I'd written and an endorsement for visiting Tuckahoe Plantation in Virginia. Of course, I plugged my books whenever possible. A diverse subject list filled 2012 for me. This blog didn't have a theme and I'll probably keep it that way.
So gone is that "Reluctant Blogger". I've removed the title and probably should've researched a bit before naming it a year ago. At the very least, I would have found just how many of us "reluctants" are out there. For lack of a better idea, I just replaced the old title with my name. Simple and nothing spectacular, but it is mine.
I look forward to continuing this as best as I can in 2013. My goal is at least one post a month, something I accomplished in 2012 until December rolled around, then the holidays got the better of me. Plus, completing the first draft of my next novel was a goal attained in December. I'm certain I see a post or two about that in the coming year.
So if I don't meet that monthly target, the world won't end and the sun will rise tomorrow. This blog will still be here and I'll continue to post when I feel like it. Happy new year, everyone. Thanks for reading.