Wednesday, December 31, 2008
SharedBliss: End of Year Review
Listening to: Something perfect for year end contemplation.
Bliss: Not owning a car. And entering an even deeper understanding of why I appreciate that fact. More about this tomorrow.
Starting next Wednesday, I'll return to the normal SharedBliss interview series with an interview with the wonderfully outspoken yogini, Linda Karl.
For today, the last day of this year in which so much has happened to me, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at what I've done via this blog.
I started blogging on April 15th of this year with a post about Joseph Campbell. He was the inspiration for the name of the blog, and it is his idea of bliss as a path and not as an emotional state that still influences my thinking and writing.
Since that day, I have not missed posting a single day of this year: this is post 283 in a row. Phew!
One thing that blogging has taught me is that I have a capacity for commitment heretofore unknown to myself. This makes me...happy.
Another thing it has taught me (and it seems obvious): when you are doing what you love, what is right, it doesn't matter if you're not making money. I thought I knew this before, but I truly know it now.
A few of my favorite posts from the 282 that precede this one:
Be the Change: I think this post was the first one where I got linked to by other bloggers, and since I'd only been blogging for a week, that felt pretty fantastic.
A few days later, one of the bloggers whom I read before becoming a blogger myself, one who really influenced my approach, linked to this. As a new blogger, this felt like I had hit some sort of jackpot of generosity.
Looking back, I love this post because it was actually telling me a lot more than I could have ever been telling anyone else.
The petticoat that is PissedChick started to slip past the edge of my skirt in this post.
Being my first interview ever, this will always be a favorite; I felt so thankful for this amazing and prolific artist's willingness to participate.
A favorite writer of mine committed suicide; this post came about because of that.
I think this is the first post where I actually wrote as PissedChick.
And the last one for today: this post was the first one that got seriously "Stumbled," and what an utter thrill to watch my statistics that day. Dazzling.
Looking through my lists of posts to pick these few was a real eye opener: 283 is a lot! The little girl in me is feeling very big and a little puffed up. Cool.
There are readers who have been with me since the beginning, or very close to the beginning, and I am so thankful for their support and encouragement.
There are readers who have become friends, and what a blessing this has been. Perhaps someday I will meet some on them in person.
There are more readers, of course, who still simply lurk. I respect that. I was a lurker once myself. Now as a writer, though, I say "Come out and play!"
See you next year. Same bat time; same bat channel. (A little bit of the geek to honor the very beginnings of this blog.)