I always feel the urge to do something significant when I reach a blogging milestone, but the milestone post is rarely anything extra-special.
And now – 200 posts!
This post probably won’t be anything crazy, either. BUT I do want to take a snapshot of where I am right now as a blogger/writer.
1. How’s my blogging?
Get ready for a humble brag.
I am AMAZED that I have been able to keep up with this blog. I’ve started blogs at least three times previously and have abandoned them within months.
This time, it’s been over a year – almost fifteen months – and I’m still going strong.
I think this can be attributed to two things.
a) I have given myself absolutely no rules about when to blog and how often to blog. I’ve been true to my Rebel tendency (thanks to Gretchen Rubin and Better Than Before for helping me to know myself better!) and I have not given myself any obligations or accountability. I write when I feel like writing, and I post when I feel like posting. #noplanskerriann
b) I have harbored no expectations for this endeavor except to have fun. This writing is my playtime – it’s my chance to be silly and to express my creativity.
Good job, KEM!
2. What has blogging done for me lately?
I’ve written a lot about how much this blog has helped me – with the adoption wait, definitely, and with my efforts to keep myself balanced.
I’ve also written a lot about mindfulness.
And I’ve learned this: writing on heartsoulmindbody helps me to be mindful.
It helps me to take moments to pause and to reflect on how I’m spending my months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes, which is not necessarily something I do naturally.
It helps me to notice what’s going on with me, and then to make adjustments when I find that I’m not being balanced.
That’s pretty cool.
3. What’s next?
So I’ve been exploring a couple of things.
One is making a Facebook page for the blog. I’ve actually already made it, but I’m significantly challenged when it comes to doing new things on the internet, so whenever we’re not busy (hahaha) Tee is going to show me what it means when you have a Facebook page. (If I were a firstborn child, I’d probably figure it out for myself. But I’m a youngest child; we need mentoring.)
The second thing is moving the blog over to Squarespace. I’m pretty sure all the podcasts I listen to have contributed to a kind of brainwashing, because I really don’t know why I am considering this. But the more I hear Ann Friedman talk about it, THE MORE BRAINWASHED I BECOME.
The third thing is changing the name of the blog. But I don’t know if I can let go of heartsoulmindbody! The problem is – it’s a little simple, basic. The next time I’m up all night with insomnia – which hopefully won’t be in the near future thanks to my brilliant switch from coffee to tea – I will scribble names all over my journal like a crazy madwoman and see what I come up with. More to come.
And to close out, a Shel Silverstein poem. Just because. Happy 200 Posts!