When I turned 50 in December 2015 I set a goal to write 50 blog posts over the coarse of the year. I had dabbled a bit with a blog but was inconsistent with my posts; setting a goal was my way of ensuring I would stay motivated and on track. Thinking I would write average of one post per week, it seemed reasonable that I could get it done. How hard could it be, writing 500-700 words about topics I love? Turns out, it’s a little harder than it looks. I didn’t quite reach my goal (38 posts finished), but I still feel like the blog has been a success and a catalyst for creating my future.
These are the 5 top things I learned by blogging this past year:
- It’s ok to shoot for a goal and miss it by a little bit. Without a goal of 50 posts, I suspect I would have done none, ok, maybe 5 or 8, or something like that. Instead I did 38 posts, had many new experiences, and was delighted to have people comment on my posts. A 76% completion of a goal is better than nothing.
- It’s ok to shift your priorities. Other things in life came up and writing a blog post was not always the most important way to spend my time. It’s how life works and it taught me to take advantage of opportunities when they come up and not necessarily stay true to my original course.
- Let go of perfection. My writing might not have been perfect, nor my pictures, but it’s the intention that counts. My goal with every post was to provide information or inspiration, I stopped comparing myself with other bloggers and just did what I felt was right for me. It was liberating.
- Put yourself out there. It’s super scary to press the Publish button and put your words, thoughts, ideas out there to the world, but it gets easier. And, it gets fun! So fun, in fact, that eventually I found myself actually promoting my blog when I spoke with people, and I even had really nice business cards printed up (check out Moo.com – best cards ever).
- Focus. When I originally created my blog I couldn’t decide on one subject, so I picked my three favorite things: food, art/crafting, and biking. By working on all three subjects over the year I discovered that the biking posts brought me the most satisfaction and enjoyment. I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t experimented with all three. As they say: “throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks”.
I plan to continue blogging and set a new goal for 2017. I have some exciting things going on next year, particularly with biking and bike touring, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Here’s to a new year and new adventures!