My WordPress account just renewed. Here it is- my fourth year and I am still at it. My first post was on Jan. 4, 2017. I started blogging during the aftermath of the 2016 election. At that time, I thought I could not survive the chaos, but here I am, bruised by events but not defeated. I am thankful for the companionship of my pen which has acted as a lightning rod, keeping me grounded during difficult times.
When I write down the bits of my life the unremarkable becomes remarkable. Those bits become a pathway back to myself when I get lost. Writing combs the tangled strands of my thoughts back into an orderly fashion. When I share my writing with others in a blog post it’s like leaving footprints in the universe to perhaps help others on their journey.I have shared poetry, personal stories, opinions, artwork and photography. It’s been a hodgepodge of myself.
For the most part, my blogging is a weekly practice, a Sunday morning ritual that affirms my existence. I have no master plan or theme as is advised. During the week I try to pay attention to what pops into my mind worthy to blog about. It’s an intuitive process. I don’t fret about topics. I write for myself but I’ve noticed that the posts where I stay truest to my own sensibilities get the most readers.
If you are reading this post, I am grateful for your time and attention. It’s gratifying to have readers from all over the world, sometimes from countries that I have never heard from. Today I have had readers from India, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Indonesia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mauritius, and Malaysia. I have met some great blog friends and hope to connect with them in person some day in the non-Covid future!
If you are not a writer, I encourage you to write a few words a day. It doesn’t have to be good- but if you make it a daily practice, you will improve. It’s a journey worth pursuing. If you choose to blog- go for it. It’s much more meaningful than Facebook Meanwhile, see you on the blogosphere!
Alanna also blogs about sustainablility on onesweetearth.com