I can’t believe it has been only 30 days since I chose to join the blog challenge. I had read a couple of blogs a few times, usually news-related, and I knew absolutely nothing about blog sites or how to do anything on them. Even with my computer experience, dating back to the 1980s, this was a whole new world!
Further, I knew little about Twitter (and still don’t know much more, but that’s for another time;) I didn’t even know how to share something on Facebook from another site if it didn’t have a button for it, which I did discover.
Finally, I agonized over choosing a theme. Ultimately, I decided to make it very personal and take on the thing at the front of my mind, most important for me to accomplish: quitting smoking. It didn’t make me happy to take it on, because it meant I had to do it, and I had never been sure I actually WANTED to quit. Yes, for health; yes, for family; yes, for many other reasons; but never yes, for myself.
Once I started, I would have no choice but to go forward, and that would be a plus. I recognized that I hadn’t minded my family being disappointed time after time, but I was averse to other people thinking badly of me; that’s horrible but it’s the truth.
To my credit, I feel differently now and know that I have learned a valuable lesson: just because I know they will forgive me if I treat my family poorly doesn’t mean that I should; loving them means that they deserve my best all the time, not just when it’s convenient for me. This realization spurred me to action.
The 30-Day Blog Challenge has caused me to examine myself, assess the damage, and work at fixing it. It’s not all bad, of course. I discovered strengths as well. I learned that I have a talent for writing, that I don’t have to achieve perfection (although I try really, really hard), and that some people are surprisingly interested in my thoughts and views.
Moreover, I can do anything I set my mind to! In fact, I have so many thoughts in my head that it’s going to take me a little while to sift through them. I want to be sure of what I want to do, while not delaying too long while I decide.
I’ve read many of the of the challenge blogs and they have given me different perspectives. It’s interesting how the main impetus of most is promotion of a product, idea, or person. I sometimes say I am not interested in an online business, but that’s wrong, for if I get very serious about whatever blogging I do, I will want to market myself. I had always thought of internet marketing in terms of products, but I’ve learned it is so much more than that.
Thanks to all who read my blog and commented. I’m going on a trip to visit relatives and when I come back I will be starting a new blog; the theme is one of the things I am debating.
I am also grateful to Jeanette Cates. June was a great month!
Oh, yeah, I quit smoking. I’m a recovering cigaholic.