This coming week marks the end of my fourth year (holy cow!) of blogging on my webpage. 52 weeks a year, sometimes an extra blog thrown in there, adds up to hearing a lot from and about me. 211 blogs, if you count this one. I guess I do have a lot to say! Fortunately, most people I know don’t mind me including them when I write about personal experiences. I try to respect everyone’s feelings and privacy by not including last names or even the use of names at times. I’m not writing about my life story. It’s not a tell all. It’s an honest account of people, situations, and relationships that I have experienced in my own life or through others. I am sharing experiences and relationships with you, my readers. It’s been a myriad of emotions while I put down in print things that I think might help other people or at least give them food for thought or a base to work from in moving forward in their lives. I have shared some very personal things that caused me to relive painful experiences because I felt if it helped even one person, it was worth it. I have also shared good things too, and at times, I have tried to do it with humor and maybe some self-deprecation.
I started doing this because it was suggested by my very wise and talented career coach/facilitator, Laura Lollar, (lauralollar.com), that I might be missing my calling. It took a lot of convincing, but once I put together an early marriage workbook, I felt like I was getting my footing in the world of relationship coach. I admit to being scared, a little worried, but mostly exhilarated at the opportunity to help others. The clients I have worked with have all been wonderful people. I wouldn’t trade these past 4 years for anything. I have learned, as well, while I helped others.
So, when I had an email telling me it was time to renew my website, I hesitated. I wondered if I had done all I could in blogging. I asked my husband, since he’s involved in all financial matters too, whether or not I should continue. He didn’t hesitate to say yes, and still, I had to think about it. You see, I don’t pay to find out how many followers I have. I can’t keep tabs on how many people just happen upon my blog because of a friend, or a title that catches their eye, or even how many people subscribe to my blog. In other words, I am flying blind here. I have a few people who make comments occasionally, which is great. I get private messages or emails telling me that someone really got a lot out of a blog. All of those mean a great deal to me.
While I have chosen to work with my clients without payment, the website and all of the securities that you pay for to protect it and anyone who uses the website, plus the domain, all cost. My goal has always been to help people and so, it’s not about money and certainly not about getting rich. What I am asking for, from my readers, is for you to please comment or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know that you are out there. Even if you only read a blog occasionally or are a faithful, regular reader, please let me know. I am always open to topics, too. If there’s something you want to see written about, it’s as easy as one of the above. Your thoughts and feedback help fuel my desire to keep doing this. You, and what’s happening to all of us, are sources of my inspiration. If you don’t care for what I write, let me know. If you have a critique, a kudo, or anything else, I want to hear it. I will always respect your privacy as well.
So, as I sit here writing this tonight listening to the frogs and crickets creating a symphony outside, I am blessed by each and every one of you. There is a tranquility that is far too often hidden behind the craziness of a world that’s behaving like a teenager who’s angry at everyone in their life at the moment. If I can offer just one coping tool, one suggestion in how to handle a situation, or make you look at life in a different way, my mission is complete. I hope to offer other writings and some other ideas in the coming year. Thanks for your readership and your support. Here’s to the best year ever!