It has been just over a year since I started this endeavor. This blog was originally conceived as a way for me to cope with my depression and anxiety, but over time it has become a place where I can talk about the things that made me who I am today, the things that I love, movies, television, music and more. The first regular series I started was my daily post, Things I’m Grateful For. At the time this daily blog was (and still is in a way) more of a reminder to myself on a regular basis that there are more things to be grateful for than not but, as I indicated, it has become so much more.
It is hard to believe that this has only been going on for a year, what with over 700 posts so far, it feels like I have been at it so much longer, but in a good way. It has become part of my life, something that starts and ends each and every day, giving me some consistency in my inconsistent life.
I can’t say that it has been easy, no, at first it was a bit of a chore finding the right things to say, to talk about. Finding things to be grateful for every day was a challenge at first as well. Heck, I was so self conscious about sounding sappy but when I finally realized that it didn’t matter as long as I was honest with myself, it became easier over time. Sometimes I even repeat some things from previous entries but I guess that just means I am doubly grateful for those. (coffee I am looking at you).
The thing that was the hardest was opening this blog up to friends, family and colleagues, as it is a place where some of my most private and intimate feelings are placed. I was afraid that, by doing that, I would be forced to wear the same mask I wear in public. I soon discovered that I could use this as a judgement free zone and let it be a place where I could use that mask to keep my guardrails on without being untrue to myself and what I write about. Now, after a year of writing, it is something I look forward to, something I truly enjoy. Sure, some of my old hobbies have suffered a bit, and my video gaming has slowed down some, but getting time to put words together in one place is nice. In that time I have had a few contributors who have been invited to share their works, @xanatosrein, @abenglish84, and @dreamforgernick. While they havent been around much as of late, they have contributed with some fantastic articles about gaming and film in the past.
Then there are my regular readers. Over one hundred and forty people have taken their time to actually follow this blog and, let’s be honest, many of you followed my blog as a courtesy since I followed yours and that’s cool fine. There are some of you, however, who like nearly every post, others occasionally chime in and say hello from time to time and it is partially because of all of you, commenters and casuals alike, that this is still around. You mainstays know who you are but I want to call out a few of you who always like and/or comment on a regular basis, raistlin0903, Yazzeus, Angela, Yassy, Thebookwormdrinketh and several others more recently. I will admit, although it started as a personal mantra, the fact people are actually interested in what I have to say has has helped to me going. I do appreciate that. Thank you for sticking with me, I can’t say how much that means to me.
How long will I keep this up? Who knows? Hopefully for a long time to come, as it is becoming a pretty important part of my daily life and I don’t want to think of a day that I stop writing…something, anything.
So, let’s keep this going.
Things I’m Grateful For #365
- My Friends
- My family
Late To The Game 8/12/2018
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