Good Sunday Morning.
I just crossed my six-month anniversary on this blogging journey. I thought I’d share a bit of my reflection.
It all started on Google+ in September. Result: Crickets. Crickets? No one there.
I then moved to Facebook. Result: Literally got thrown out by some “Friends” and “de-Friended” by others. Wrong platform.
And then I found WordPress. Home sweet home.
I labored over my blog title selection and landed on “Lead. Learn. Live.” My son suggested that the tag line was missing symmetry. That it needed another “L” and it should be “Lead. Learn. Live. Loser.” (Is it any wonder then why I desperately need external sources of inspiration?)
My biggest surprise. The blogging community. Inspiring. Talented. Closer knit then I would have ever imagined. A real community.
I’ve had exceptional bloggers who didn’t know me – reach out to the rookie with a helping and encouraging hand. (Why they chose to do so, I’m still scratching my head.) Thank you Kurt Harden @ Cultural Offering, Steve Layman @ Anderson Layman’s Blog and Nicholas Bate.
Todd LoHenry @ e1evation, a blogging SME (subject matter expert), offered his help after he must have noticed me stumbling around with my posts. (Prior to this time, I had not known Todd. He approached me on an unsolicited pay-it-forward-like basis.) He pointed me to his YouTube training videos. He introduced me to the term “Curation.” (Who knew!) He directed me to Google Reader, Windows Live Writer and Zemanta. Todd has saved me countless hours of struggle and frustration on the “how” part of this blogging business. I’m deeply grateful to Todd.
Thank you to all of my followers who read, LIKE and comment (with special mention to Mike, Tina, Kristen, Peter, Francine, Mimi, Christian, Lorne, Rich, Susan, Rose, Greg and the countless others that I’ve left out). I smile, laugh, ponder and feel blessed that you ride along this journey with me.
As to the post content, I started out with blog posts heavily slanted on “Lead” – - Leadership. Management. Business. I’ve found that I’ve veered sharply into the “Learn” and “Live” legs. I’m not exactly sure how this transformation occurred…but I promised myself these posts would flow from whatever inspired me in the moment. And we’re holding straight and true to this commitment to me.
After long days at the office, I’m not looking to take the saw out again and keep sawing – I am on the other hand looking to be taken to a quieter, calmer place – - and have this (unpaid) Labor of Love take me there. And so we’re going to continue to ride the “Inspiration Train.” Or as Mimi would put it – the Inspiration Truck.
Or, as Margaret Atwood (legendary Canadian author and poet) closes in her poem above: “What touches you is what you touch.”
Happy Sunday everyone…
Image Source: Margaret Atwood Poem shared by Mme Scherzo. Thank you.