It is very hard to believe that I have been writing this blog for two years. It’s been an amazing adventure and a true labor of love.
When I started writing in June of 2011, I was unsure of where this idea, project, whatever you want to call it, would take me. Beginnings are almost always the most difficult part of projects. This blog experience has had its highs and lows and in-betweens.
Google Analytics is a daily reminder of those highs and lows. There have been months where I hardly had time to do my “real” job and balance all the other duties and commitments I have, let alone think of something to write about. Actually, I have plenty of topics. A whole BOOK of them I have jotted down over the past two years. It is often a matter of find the time and energy to commit the thoughts, and there are MANY, to paper.
I regularly receive requests for advice about writing a blog. It can be frustrating because it isn’t a formula. What works for some people, may not work for others. I can only give my own experiences and thoughts on the topic. There are plenty of books and articles about the practice and methodology of writing blogs, books, whatever. From my own perception and experience, I will give the following advice.
Write what you know: In the words of one of my favorite female general officers, “Don’t make shit up.”
Think before you write. Don’t write for the sake of writing.
Be true to yourself. Copying or mimicking other people’s work is never cool.
Take your time. Better to do three terrific blog posts a month than ten mediocre ones.
Blogging isn’t for everyone. Make an honest assessment of your writing abilities. If they are lacking, better to write a journal.
Write with passion, enthusiasm, and integrity. But realize that you will be judged and scrutinized on what you write. If you aren’t willing to take chances and face criticism, blogging isn’t for you.
And last but not least, remember:
Blogging is an on-going learning experience and an evolution. If you do it right, your writing SHOULD improve. Look at your work, take advice from others, and hone your craft.
So, here’s to another year! I look forward to sharing my journey with you all!
THANK YOU for your support, encouragement, and helping to share the blog with others!!! I couldn’t do this without all of you.