If I had a full-time job, I doubt I could be doing what I’m doing here every day: blog. I think it would probably be more on a weekly basis. Hence, I’m extremely grateful to be allowed to do whatever it is I love to do … to wake up without alarm clock, to sit here and ponder with my coffee as long as McDuff, the cat, allows me to. How many people can do that?! Not many! Most of them have a very busy lifestyle, and not much time to themselves.
When I started out on this “postaday challenge” this year, I was thinking, loosely, about turning this into one of those “gratitude journals” — one post every day about things I’m thankful for. For some reason I can’t remember, I decided against it, and I don’t regret that. Would probably have felt stumped certain days, and limited as to what to write about. I think Mara’s «what I hated the least today» is a much better take on it 🙂
Today though, I keep thinking of one thing I’m really thankful for: my blogging circle/community. I signed up for my first WordPress blog ten years ago, and not until now have I found the right balance in my journaling here. As I’ve mentioned before, I took part in the 2011 post-a-day challenge, and went wild, I followed people right and left, ending up with a list of hundred+ posts to read every day. It quickly became painful, just to sign in and see the so called “reader”. I’d followed people I had absolutely nothing in common with, didn’t know what to say/comment, and felt awkward about “unfollowing”.
Now it’s just right. In the mornings, like now, I’m looking forward to read about what you guys have been up to, or what’s on your minds. Sometimes I even get inspiration to a post of my own from reading yours.
So this has become my online journal of sorts, even though I keep a personal one too, in DayOne. I just read a post in WordPress’ own blog, where new bloggers could introduce themselves and make connections. I was pleased to see I’m not the only one writing about “life in general” — amongst all the poetry, photography and food bloggers, there actually were a couple like mine — no niche at all.