Wow, has it really been a year since I started this blog???
Well, actually, the fact of the matter is…no, it hasn’t. (Hahaha!)
I started this blog in May, so clearly, I’m a few months shy of a year. But, for the sake of being in tune with the rest of the end-of-year countdowns and rembrances, I thought I’d play along with everybody else. I mean, why not? Granted, it hasn’t been exactly twelve calendar months since I started blogging, but regardless, I have been writing actively for the past year, so why not celebrate and commemorate it? One thing I’ve learned this year is that it is hard work writing and maintaining a blog, and despite the many ups and downs, highs and lows, I have not given up. I continued, I pushed on, I perservered, and most importantly, I grew.
I can honestly say that I’m happy with that, mainly because it turned out to be, for me, the big surprise in 2012: that blogging would help me grow as a writer. It’s the last thing that I ever expected to happen, but the first thing I can now look forward to next year as I continue to write. When I think back to my first (horrible) post and compare it to my most recent post, the improvement is almost tangible. In these months that I have been writing my blog, I found my voice, I narrowed in on a particular style of writing, and I found the purpose and reason for maintaining the blog to begin: a writing showcase.
And in that spirit, I’m excited to revisit and share some of my favorite posts, mainly because, just like looking through a photograph of childhood pictures, I want to reflect on how I’ve grown up in 2012.
This was the first post where I thought there might be some hope for me as a blogger. It wasn’t some stupid rant about what I was doing with this blog, but rather, a moment to write about something and someone else other than me: the class of 2012. It was my way of wishing my students well as they took their first real steps into adulthood. It probably could have still used some polish, but all in all, I think it came out okay.
I like this post because it was the first time I truly understood that I had to have a clear objective when writing blog posts: there has to be a point, otherwise, why bother? There are so many blogs in the sphere that have no direction or point. Clearly, I’m no genius or expert at blog writing, but nonetheless, I had a happy moment when the idea of writing with a clear and defined purpose really sank in. This really helped me define my blog writing moving forward, and I think I started to improve quickly after that.
My first guest post! I got tapped by the illustrious Edward Lorn himself to write for his blog, Ruminating On and it was pretty cool, I have to say. It all worked out well, too, because he happened to tap me to write on his blog just as I was pondering the horrific and ugly nature of something that I had seen online and that had pushed me to write a poem about it. I was exponentially angry when I wrote this particular poem, and in my anger, I happened to narrate it in the voice of the “bad guy”, if you will, and to me, it actually made it more scary—truly, it was a dark piece of work, and certainly, I would classify it as horror. In any case, in my post, I wrote about how I came to write this poem, and write horror in general. Mr. Lorn writes horror (is damn good at it, by the way), and the topic of that particular blog post, I think, was just perfect.
This was the moment where I really started coming to terms with this new path I’m on in my life with my writing. Sometimes it’s not always easy to embrace all the aspects of the person that you are or strive to be, and this was my attempt to come to deal with that. Not a bad thing to do, let me tell you.
Also, did I mention that this was the first time I successfully introduced a video into a blog post??? Hey, it may not be big news to you, but it was totally awesome for me….(silly, I know).
Ah, this post was as much for me as it was for my dear friend, Francis F. Keating. It was here, with these words, that I felt I turned a corner in that I was helping a fellow writer make his own mark into the literary world, one that was a long-time coming yet well-deserved. Writing is a difficult market to break into, so whenever someone can give a helping hand—however big or small—it can be very helpful. Certainly, it’s a wonderful ego boost, and for Francis, it was the least I could do.
Plus, it was just fun to reminisce about our college days—who doesn’t like doing that?
And this post, although it’s the shortest post I’ve ever written, is hands-down the most important, because it’s here where I thank everyone who takes a moment to read my blog. Building a readership is no small task, so it’s wonderful every time someone stops by my blog to read and comment. I don’t know that there is anyone who writes without an audience in mind, without hoping for an audience to read their work and that I myself actually have one makes me grateful to no end. I hope that next year, in 2013, you’ll continue on with me and my little journey and find the ride to be enjoyable.
Wishing you a safe and Happy New Year! See you January!