Happy 2nd Anniversary to Me!

It’s that time again.  My sweet little corner of the blogosphere turns a whopping 2 years old today!!

Hanging out here has been a treat.  Sometimes, I feel like I’m still trying to find my voice and my timing around these parts.  I often feel guilty because many other bloggers I follow seem to have this thing down to a science.  They know how often they will post, on what days they will post and what they will post about week after week.  Comparison traps are so easy to fall into, and I tell you I step right in from time to time.

So far, I haven’t synchronized with a certain rhythm yet.  I’ve always been one who writes when I have something to say.  Believe me, it’s not an easy task to try to force words out when they simply don’t want to come.  I’m sure someone reading this can relate.  However, when they flow naturally it is as if they skip and sing their way onto the pages, or in this case, the blog post text box.

All in all, in two years I have seen progress.  In 2009, when I started, I posted once every other month.  In 2010 I almost, ALMOST hit my once a week goal.  There are some “behind the scenes” things happening in 2011, and I’m shifting course a bit, but I’m still here, and I have no plans to go anywhere.  As a matter of fact, you’ve heard me mention that I’m setting up a new shop, so I must be planning on sitting a spell.

So, what has been my greatest challenge in the world of blogging?  That’s easy.  My greatest challenge has been writing my words in a place where other people can read them.  I’ve spent the majority of my life in an affair with my pen and paper and writing in journals just for me and Jesus.  I certainly wasn’t used to writing for others to read, critique, like, or dislike.  That was a great challenge for me to overcome.  As a matter of fact as I sit here typing, I must say that blogging for 2 years is suddenly transforming into an entirely different level of accomplishment.

What lesson have I learned?  The most important lesson I’ve learned is to stay the course.  I can’t lie.  There’s a Monica somewhere inside of me who would have stopped doing this long time ago.  She would have become frustrated or just plain succumb to the evil that is laziness.  She would have convinced herself that it wouldn’t matter, that no one would miss her words anyway.  She would rationalize that there are so many others, far more capable than herself, whose writing will hopefully reach the hearts of those the Lord has actually assigned to her.  Then she would have given herself permission to sneak quietly back into her secret, solitary corner of the world and rest in her comfortable place of anonymity.

But, I’ve learned to stay the course.  I started this blog for a reason, and I know I’m far from finished.  This is just the foundation, and in actuality, it is truly one of my favorite places to be.  Truth be told, this is the first moment all day long that my back hasn’t been knotted with tension.  It’s because I’m doing what I love, and I’ve somehow, by the grace of God, managed to stay the course.  Eventually, maybe I’ll find a rhythm of my own, or maybe I’ve already found it and I just need to embrace it.  I’ll let you know which one was true by my next blog anniversary.  I hope you’ll still be here with me to celebrate.

Completely ME,

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laci
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 09:53:42

    Congratulations! Keep writing, you’re touching lives and growing daily as well…

    Reply

  2. Arlee Bird
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 10:32:38

    Congratulations! Making it through two years of blogging must mean you’re doing something right.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 20:14:56

      I’m doing something, that’s for sure. Not sure how right it is, but I hope it makes a difference somewhere down the line. If nothing else, I’m definitely enjoying the process! Thank you for coming back to visit me.

      Reply

  3. Shawn
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 14:31:36

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I have enjoyed your writings over the past
    couple of years and certainly would miss you. I’m glad you’ve continued to press through.

    Love you,

    Shawn

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 20:13:51

      And a “press” it has been, but I’m trying to have that energizer bunny spirit! LOL… Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, my friend!

      Love you, too!

      Reply

  4. Keena
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 17:39:25

    congratulations!!!!!

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 20:08:49

      Why thank you, Keena, and thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll come back to visit.

      Reply

  5. Wanda
    Jun 14, 2011 @ 20:24:35

    Happy Anniversary Monica. I totally understand about trying to find your own rhythm, I seem to have lost my lately.

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 20:08:21

      Wanda, you’re still hanging in there, as always. It certainly seems you have your rhythm down. I have to realize that life’s changes will often change our writing flow. We just have to figure out where the current is for that season and flow along with it. I, personally, am still enjoying reading your words whenever the Spirit of the Lord gives them to you!

      Reply

  6. Kimberly
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 18:58:12

    Happy Blogiversary! I’m jumping over here from FB and the She Speaks group, but we’ve “met” before. 🙂 I’m happy to see you “staying the course” with blogging! I can totally relate to your writing journey. I’ve written in journals most of my life, and it’s another thing entirely to write “for public consumption”. So even though I’ve been writing for most of my life, I feel like a newbie and have SO much to learn! I’ve blogged for years but this is my first time blogging for a much wider audience, and I have loved every minute of it! My favorite part of it is the people I meet who inspire me and encourage me with their words and blogs. I know that just reading and commenting on other blogs has helped to keep the creative juices flowing!

    I look forward to meeting you at She Speaks!!!

    Reply

    • Monica P. Watkins
      Jun 21, 2011 @ 20:06:33

      Thank you so much, Kimberly! Yes, we have “met” before, and I certainly hope to be able to connect with you at She Speaks. I’m getting very excited! I will definitely admit to anyone that I know I over-think my writing. I think about it too much instead of just writing from my heart. I believe there’s still a bit of fear of what others will have to say about or will think about what my heart speaks. I’m slowly getting past it, though, and I love hearing about the writing journeys of others. Very encouraging! Can’t wait to meet you, Kimberly!

      Reply

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