Near the beginning of this year, I wrote a post sharing some goals I had for this blog. I debated posting, because I wasn’t sure that it was worth it. I doubted the necessity of such a post, and doubted that it would generate change or increased accountability.
I was wrong.
That post, where I communicated three simple goals, has become the single greatest motivation in my writing of this year. Not necessarily the post itself, but what it represented. It was the first step in my journey of going pro with my writing.
I can say that looking back, I have met and exceeded some of the goals. I have posted at least five times each week since then, if I am not mistaken. The majority of the time, I have posted six or seven times. During this time, readership has steadily rose. I decided to start blogging daily, and with a tighter focus, in order to maintain a sense of accountability to my writing and to you, the reader. This has paid off in a huge way for my personally, taking on the mindset of a professional blogger (despite not actually generating income from the blog*). Also, in that time, I landed my first ever paid writing gig, with an article in COLLIDE magazine. I am convinced that I would not have pursued that opportunity without first taking on the mindset of a professional writer.
I will admit that I have not spent as much away from the blog as I would have hoped, but that will soon change as Baby Mahlstadt is set to arrive on the scene within a month!
So as I glance back at the first half of the year, I like what I see. And as I look to the future, I am pumped for what’s to come. Thanks for hanging around and reading this stuff.
You matter. Here’s to the rest of 2010, and beyond!
*See the Going Pro resource; the going pro mindset.