Thanks again ,to Anita at Discovering Your Happiness, for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am still super excited about it.
I thought it would be easy to write my award post. A piece of cake. All I had to do was copy and drop the award picture and figure out what blogs I wanted to nominate and link their blogs to my post.
It wasn’t as easy as I thought. It took me an hour to figure out how to copy and paste the award picture and I still haven’t figure out how to link. Oh well. Everything needs a starting point.
I am grateful for the award, but I think I am more grateful for the gentle push by Anita to get me out of my comfort zone. I have wanted to update my picture for awhile now. I don’t like to be a white ball when I like someones post. My favorite picture is Anita’s. I love how she has the words around the outside of the circle and the symbol in the middle. Also, there’s couple of things I wanted to change on my blog to make it more me, but I kept putting it off and putting it off.
Anita asked me two questions that really stuck a chord in me. Her questions were: Where I see myself in five years? Where do I see my blog in the next five years?
My answer to myself in five years. Geez. I am 52. I don’t even want to think about being 57. Honestly, I don’t want to think about this. It scares me. I don’t feel 52. I don’t act like I’m 52. Although, I am starting to move like I’m 52. Ladies, I know you know what I am talking about. Trying to walk after you’ve been sitting awhile…it takes a couple to steps to get your legs and hips to do what you want them to do.
My answer to my blog in five years. When I started my blog it was because I had to. My blog kept calling me. Ideas would pop out of nowhere. It kept nudging me until I answered the call. When I did, I didn’t really have any goals. Honestly, I’ve been writing my blog for myself to see how many people would read it. I’m not doing too bad considering I haven’t told anyone around me that I have a blog — not my husband, my family, my in-laws, my friends or my coworkers. I’m happy with my progress. My followers grow every week. I almost have doubled my views from last month. Yes, there will be a time I will tell the people around me, but right now I’m happy to be on this journey by myself. I’m proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far, but winning the award made me realize that I’m not doing it for me anymore. I need to take my blog to the next level – whatever that may be. In the next couple of months I need to learn about this basics of wordpress and look at other blogs to see what I can do to make my blog more user friendly and fun. I want my blog to be a positive place. I don’t know where I want to be in five years, but in a year I would like to have more followers. I would like to show more of my writing — essays and short fiction — that I’m working on. I would like to interview strong women or maybe have them guest post for me. I would to monetize my blog, but I’m not sure how. I have some ideas.
To be honest, the set up of my blog has stayed the same because I have been afraid to step out of my comfort zone. My blog is growing and I need to step out of my comfort zone. I don’t know why I’m afraid. I love to learn new things, but when it comes to a computer i am like a fish out of water — flopping around trying to survive. At this point in my life I don’t have a lot of patience. It took me 45 minutes to download my antivirus software online. Let’s not go there. It’s not pretty.
I’m going to step out of my comfort zone a little at a time. Now that camping season is almost over (there isn’t any wifi at the the campground) and fall is nipping out my heals, I will have my weekends free to learn new things. I’m excited and scared. I checked out a couple of books on wordpress and blogging — yes, the book for dummies 🙂 I’m taking that first step….
Thanks again, Anita, for the gentle push.
Peace and love.