One year ago today I published the first post on my blog. For many moons before that day I had been a homeless blogger. I visited sites, read posts, commented on a few—but I had no blog or site of my own.
My writing life had long been a private, secretive endeavor. I never felt comfortable sharing my writing experiences with other people, even other writers. I never felt up to par or worthy of the title “Writer.”
When I decided I wanted to be a published author, I knew I was setting myself up for trouble. It meant sharing my work with others. This did not bode well for me, and I resisted making those connections for a long time.
But writing is my calling, and it is something I have tried to ignore but failed. Failed miserably. When I started lurking through writing blogs and reading what other writers were doing, I was envious. I felt like a kid who got chicken pox on Halloween and couldn’t go out to trick-or-treat.
Becoming part of a blogging community was one of the best decisions I ever made. I suddenly felt like I belonged, and that’s not easy for an introvert with low self-confidence. Even though writing is mostly a solitary act, the end result is anything but. Blogging turned out to be great practice for the time when I was ready to go back to querying my novel.
4amWriter wouldn’t have lasted this long if it weren’t for the people who read my posts once—and then came back to read again. Even though I have a short story published in The Greensilk Journal (definitely a proud moment), I get just as much pride and thrill when I publish my blog posts. Knowing that the words I wrote will be out there for anyone to read, should they choose. It’s really a fascinating feeling.
There are a few bloggers that need to be mentioned in this post. While I adore and appreciate all of my readers, there are some that have stood the test of time, and for that I am eternally grateful.
MY FIRST 5 FOLLOWERS
These bloggers all found me before I even turned a month old. And they are still devoted followers and commenters:
MY TOP 5 COMMENTERS
These bloggers have commented on every post I wrote since the first day they started following my blog. I know I can always depend on them to swing by, read my stuff, engage in the conversation. Of course, now that I have announced their names, there is the pressure on them to continue that trend.
So, it’s been a great opening year for 4amWriter. I have enjoyed what I have learned, the people I have met, the ideas that have sparked. Thanks again to everyone who has helped make this possible. Virtual hugs and Black Forest Pudding Cake all around.
A side note: As most of you are aware, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo in a few days. This blog will likely be on the quiet side for the month of November. But I’ll be posting NaNo-related articles at Limebird Writers. So, if you need a 4am fix, look up Limebirdkate.