Today is the one year anniversary of my blog. When I mentioned that to my husband, one of my biggest fans, he said it couldn’t be a year already. I feel the same way. Where did the time go?
I don’t know what I expected when I began this blog. All I know is that my daughter (My Pajama Days) started a blog about six months before me, and she was having a great time with it. I wanted a piece of the action, so on one of her visits, she helped me get set up, and my blogging life began. I said I would continue as long as I was having fun. Since that’s still the case, I’m shooting for another year.
I think it is high time you got to know me by my real name, Susan Okaty. When I get a chance, I will redo the “About Me” and put that in there. It was my sweet husband who came up with the name of this blog. I had been wracking my brain trying to think of a title. One night, when I was nearly asleep, my husband suddenly sat up in bed and said, “I have the title for your blog!” And he did.
What have I enjoyed about blogging? First, it’s made me a better writer because it’s forced me to write nearly every day. It’s made me more observant, for a writer needs to pay attention to what’s going on around her so as not to miss subjects worthy of writing about. Best of all, blogging has connected me with people from many different states and from all over the world—the Philippines, Wales, Canada, and New Zealand, to name a few. I’ve made friends with so many incredible people, read fabulous writing from other bloggers, learned new things, stretched my mind.
What don’t I like about blogging? I will never meet any of these people I care about. They’ve invited me into their lives, shared their families and dreams, joys and heartbreaks with me, and I can’t even sit down with them over a good cup of Earl Grey and cookies. As my students would so eloquently say to me, “That just sucks, Mrs. O.”
The second thing is that blogging is addictive. To do it well, you have to write regularly and post at least once a week, though every couple of days would be ideal, and you have to read, read, read other blogs. I love reading people’s blogs, but all this reading and writing is time consuming, and I’m neglecting other writing, playing my instruments, cleaning the house (okay, this doesn’t bother me so much), and getting outside. I need to find a balance. So, if you see that I begin slacking off the blogging a little, please forgive me. There’s an ocean down the street and I’d really like to see it before the leaves start falling.
Finally, I had hoped that blogging would lead to a lucrative writing career, but as I seldom get more than 100 or so hits a day and none of them seems to have been an agent, I’ve developed a plan. If you like my blog, every time you read it, please put a penny in a little jar marked “Coming East’s Writing Fund.” At the end of each month, you can send me the money (I think it would be tax deductible if you declare me a charity case–that’s charity case, not basket case) via PayPal (I have no idea how that’s done, but I’m sure My Pajama Days can help me set that up.). If I write twenty posts a month, you’re only out 20 cents, and I think that’s a bargain. Of course, if you don’t like what I wrote, I suppose it would only be fair for you to take a penny out of the jar. Anyway, we can figure out the details later.
Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking with me. I will try never to disappoint you. From time to time, when I feel I need to take a quick break, I just might rerun some of my earliest blogs since very few people read them in the beginning. If you were one of them, my apologies!