Article by Wendy McCance
When I decided to begin a blog, I did it for myself. I had a lot on my mind that had been building up for far too long. I felt lost and needed a place to expose my soul, rehash my disappointments and begin the process of building myself up again. I didn’t blog for fame or fortune or any other motive. I started my blog to find some peace inside of myself.
Blogging has been the best experience of my life. I became brave in a way I never thought I could by holding nothing back and letting the truth of my feelings fall where they may. It has been extremely therapeutic to spend some time each morning emptying my head of some of the thoughts swirling around in there.
There is an unknown side to blogging that I wasn’t aware of until I had been writing for a few weeks. Surprises pop up almost daily in the most unusual and wonderful way. I’ve read many blogs since I began my own, but I haven’t seen anyone discuss the surprising events that come along with this writing experience. I would like to share with you some of my experiences and hope to hear from you about some of yours.
When I started blogging in February, I had never read a blog and had no idea how to begin one of my own. When I figured out how to set one up, my first feeling of accomplishment came from being able to create the blog without any help. I am not techy and this was a huge accomplishment for me. I began writing fearlessly almost from the beginning. The internet is a vast expansion of space and I didn’t think anyone would find me.
I wrote each day like clockwork. I got my most troublesome worries out on a post. Comments trickled in and it astounded me to realize that not only were people reading my blog, but they cared enough to write a comment. Those first few comments really blew me away. It made me feel so good. I got a little cocky and decided I was a writer and a writer should submit their work to other outlets. I submitted some posts to Associated Content and within a week, I got an email saying that some articles would be published. I was floored. I could actually find my work on Yahoo Voices.
- I got my first review. Here I was less than two months in and I was reviewed on Cities of the Mind by a freelance writer named Connor Rickett at: http://citiesofthemind.org/blogr-searchingforthehappiness/ It was a great review and completely accurate to where I was at in the blogging process.
- I was invited to join a “by invitation only” mastermind group which stunned me. I had just begun writing, I wasn’t sure what I had to offer to this group of very successful people. The founder of the group I found out was impressed with the questions I raised in my blog and the amount of participating I did in one of the LinkedIn groups. She thought I was a positive influence and a good fit for the personalities of the group.
- I was nominated for 2 awards by two different people. The Versatile Blogger Award from: http://fasab.wordpress.com (great stories, ironic humor) and The Inspirational Blogger Award from: blueheronwisdom.wordpress.com (inspirational wonderful stories).
- I got a phone call from a wonderful woman who had been reading my blog. I had a great discussion with her and was touched to hear from this inspirational reader.
- I was recognized on a wonderful blog from: gracefully50.wordpress.com (fun stories and beautiful photography-fashion related).
- My readership has been speeding up and grew by more than 44 followers since the beginning of May.
- I was offered an opportunity to apply for a writing position on an online newspaper.
- I was offered an opportunity to be an editor on a reader’s blog.
- I was given an opportunity by one of my reader’s to contact a well-known and highly successful entrepreneur and pass along the link to my blog.
Please take a moment and write a comment about some of the amazing things that have come your way since you began your blog. I have been receiving emails from brand new blogger’s who are wondering if they are on the right track and what to expect. I think it would be incredibly inspiring and beneficial to all to hear about the wonderful moments that go along with blogging. The blogging community is such an amazing supportive group of people and I would be thrilled if we could continue to support and lift each other up. We’ve all been there and know what it feels like in the beginning.