This is the longest commitment in my life to date. I never thought I would beat one year let alone five. Over the years, especially this last year I have been more sporadic in my posting, and I thought about retiring. However, I have persevered. I realized that I could take as long of a break as I wanted in between posts and no one would hold it against me. Even if I quit I would not have deleted the blog because of how much work I put into it. So, I would always be able to go back.
Over the years I have set many standards and requirements for myself. I have worked very hard to keep up my organization. Yet there have been times where I wished I was more free form with my style. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that only I set these standards and thus I did not have to follow them, I could change them. But apparently identifying the problem doesn’t solve it because I am still quite meticulous. It doesn’t seem like my readership is far too casual to notice if I change something. But I cannot allow anarchy to take over my blog. I worked hard to make my blog the way it is and I should hold to it, that is part of the commitment, not just how long I have maintained the blog.
I have had several personal blogs that did not even make it to a year. I didn’t like writing about myself as much as I thought I would. So those did not last. I figure I refer to myself enough on this blog in relation to my topic, that is enough. No one needs to know everything about me. If I become a successful professional author I may write a auto biography one day, that is where I can write completely about myself.
I was hoping to be at my 500th article by the 5 year anniversary, but I fell short. I have not had a lot to write about, I have been busy, and thus I have not been motivated to write. One of my many standards I can’t help but follow is that I want to limit articles that are entirely about me to roughly two a year: an anniversary article and a landmark article (ie: 500th). But there are enough slots to fill between now and 500 that at least the posts will not be close.
Regardless of how often I write, and even if I need a lot of breaks, this blog will continue. I thank you for your loyalty over the years no matter how long you have read. This is a great outlet for me.