Why I’m Here and Why Now

“You should do an online journal.”

I snorted. “Why?”

“I think people would read it.”

“Why would anyone want to read about my life?”

“You’d be surprised.”

At the time, it seemed a silly idea but I took on the challenge and, over time, came to appreciate the act of keeping a blog. The first post was made in November, 1999. It’s hard to believe I’ve been keeping a blog, more or less, for nearly 15 years now.

So why am I taking the Blogging 101 course? I have experience, right? I know what I’m doing, don’t I? Well, yes and no. For one thing, on my regular blog, I have become sporadic in my posting. Since coming home from a trip to London, especially, my posts have been few and far between. Also, I have been thinking about writing a series of posts that would focus on a specific topic rather than about my daily life.

Taking the Blogging 101 challenge seemed like the ideal opportunity for me to lay a foundation for what I have planned for my blogging in 2015. I’ve been gathering resources and ideas, brainstorming and making notes along the way. It’s not that I will give up on general blogging, sharing my life. I love doing that and it is easy. And sometimes we become complacent with things that are easy. I want to push myself beyond my comfort zone, to share my passion for journaling and how a journaling practice becomes a powerful tool towards self-reflection and self-awareness, to share what I love with others.

This feels like the right time for me to shift my focus and make room for something new. I’m ready for change. I’m even welcoming it.

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