I have started and stopped this post about 6 times fully deleting everything and starting it again and deleting everything again. This post at one point included a 20 step to-do list because I am feeling a little splattered. I never write like this.
The past two months have been weird and exciting for me. I have had a steady following of readers these past few years that I have felt comfortable with and feel extremely grateful for. You kept me blogging. Your comments, your shares, your support, kept me writing and creating. Blogging has been an incredible creative outlet for me and has allowed me to connect with my community, my family and even myself in unexpected and beautiful ways.
Suddenly through a series of posts that received more attention than usual and one post that went viral, my blog’s exposure went from about 2,000 people to over 60,000 in a week.
Two of my articles then got picked up by the Huffington Post and were shared tens of thousands of times. I have no idea the full reach they had.
This is awesome, exciting and a little unsettling.
It is different than being in a commercial or a movie. At least there you are representing a brand or director. You’re kind of in a protective bubble. With writing or creating content it’s me fully out there owning every part of my content. It’s either good or bad and I am 100% responsible for the outcome.
What do I do next?
I have been working to figure out what help this blog gives to people. I have been told by a few readers, “You write what I feel.” I think a lot of us are going through the same things. We are working to achieve success, have a positive impact on the world around us and raise happy and healthy families. In trying to do all that I sometimes get lost in the daily grind of life and that is why I started this blog to begin with. To help myself find the fun and beauty in life through both the mundane moments and the extraordinary ones. It’s been an extra perk that what I have written has helped others in some way and I want to stay true to that.
I have to admit I actually have no time in my life to blog. I am working full time, caring for three kids and the piles of laundry stack up. It feels a little selfish or self-indulgent at times.
Last week I went to a blogging conference called BlogHer. It was the first blogging conference I had ever been to. It was a little overwhelming and a lot to process, but in the end I met people – amazingly, creative people – who share with me an interest in this new way to express art through the internet.
Anyway, I don’t really know what else to say about all this except I appreciate all you for reading and following along these past two years, two months or even just the past two days. I am really lucky to have you in my life and I hope to be able to keep creating stories and content that helps you possibly laugh or feel that you are not alone in the life struggles you are facing. We can overcome those moments and make life awesome together.
xo from San Francisco