Today marks a milestone on this blog. Yes, I’ve written my 100th post today. Hooray for me! Instead of a regular fortune interpretation today, I am going to do a little celebratory reflection.
A year ago I decided to start this blog. I had wanted to write a blog for years but I never felt strongly enough about any given topic. I wanted to be able to dive deep and write about something really important and meaningful to me and, hopefully, others too.
But I knew I didn’t want to do another design blog or art blog. Honestly, I didn’t think I could add anything profound that hasn’t already been said, done, or shown before. I also knew I didn’t want to do a personal blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love personal blogs. I love my wife’s blog. It is great to go back and review our lives on pictures.
But that just isn’t my thing. So what is?
Personal development. Coaching. Self-improvement. Transformation. A new way of being and seeing and becoming the kind of man, husband, father, brother, and artist that I want to become. This is important to me. Important enough that I started this blog.
And kept it to myself. Just for me.
Actually that’s not entirely true. I did share it with a few people along the way. But not a lot. I got a couple comments here and there but not much more. And I was okay with that. I wasn’t looking to become some mega-blogger with millions of followers.
When I started out, this blog was intended for me and me alone. It was a way for me to catalog my thoughts, develop my writing style, and challenge my inner critic. Too many times in the past I had set goals and not followed through. I made promises to myself. I broke promises to myself. I beat myself up about it. A lot.
So I set a new goal and vowed to keep it: Two posts per week for one year.
That’s it. What I wrote was irrelevant. Didn’t matter if it was long, short, good, bad. I just had to write. Two posts a week. Every Tuesday and Friday. Rain or shine, come hell or high water.
And I did it.
And damn does it feel good.
I also learned some shocking news today. Believe it or not, I never, and I mean NEVER, looked at my blog stats until today. Seriously never. Not once. Remember, I was writing solely for me, not the public at large. And honestly, I didn’t think half the stuff I wrote was worth reading anyway. See what I mean about my inner critic?
I was amazed at the stats. As of today, I have had 3,100 page views on this blog. And last month alone there were almost 350 views. That is amazing. I am stunned. I’ve had visitors from all around the world too. From Germany, China, India, Ukraine, and more. Sure, probably a decent number of those are from random Google searches or surfers who fell down the rabbit hole.
But who cares! Seriously, for all of you out there who have read any of my blog and got (hopefully) any kind of value from my words, I just want to say:
Thank you. T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
It means more to me than you know. Cheers and God bless. Here’s to the next 100.
To your good fortune!