When I started blogging, it felt rather like being a little kid entering the playground of their new big school. I’d done several pre-school visits – looking around other people’s blogs. I’d put on my uniform – Penscratch theme – but I was by no means comfortable in it. I was nervous. I was excited. I knew some of the ‘older’ kids, from my life outside the blog-sphere, but I knew there were bullies here too.
I started blogging because I wanted to talk about creativity – but not so much writing. I love to share my writing and reading other’s work, and I love to talk to writers, but I know many writers already. What I wanted to find was a space where I met people who were creative – writers included – but also those who talked about those creative areas I rarely discussed with others.
After three months of exploring the playground and making some lovely new friends, as well as connecting with people I already knew, I blogged a ten point list about what I’d learned. Reading that back now, it feels like the practical ‘I now know where the girl’s toilets are’ sort of learning. It’s a very different sort of learning to that of the last three months.
The last three months learning is not a 10 point list that others might say, ‘oh yes, I agree with all of that’, but far more personal. I’ve learned:
- I often hurry when I don’t need to.
- I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
- A better perspective on myself and my challenges.
- That I can take things far too seriously.
- To share my
failureslearnings more happily.
- Not to worry if people aren’t interested in my posts, because the people that are interested are the ones I want to connect to.
- To rein back my tendency to leap before I look.
- Not to be so hard on myself.
- To take a more experimental approach to my work.
- What I’m really enjoying and what I’m not.
I’ve learned all these things because of the wonderful people who take time to read and comment on my blog and to share their lives, work and experiences on their blogs. So a BIG THANK YOU to you all for your support, encouragement, advice and friendship over the last few months.
If you’ve got a minute, I’d love to know what your blog’s taught you about yourself?