What I learned…

One year ago today, I decided to start a blog. Why not!? I wanted to get in the habit of writing daily — even if it was just a few words. (shhh… I want to write a book.)  What better method than a quick daily rant on a blog to get me going. Right!? :sigh: These are a few of the things I learned along the way.

1. I learned that easy writing doesn’t come so easily.

During the first few months, I wrote daily and always had something to say but as the months passed and the days turned into weeks I found it more difficult to sit down and write a simple fifty words.  It wasn’t as easy as I thought (I ran out of topics – perhaps?), I started to put this enormous pressure on myself which resulted in severe writers block.  I was discouraged.  I felt angry and disappointed in myself.  It wasn’t until I took a step back, way-back, cleared my mind, that I realized that it was O.K. not to be O.K.  It wasn’t the end of the world.  So now, when I feel inspired I take the time and I rant but if not it’s O.K. – Tomorrow is another day.

2. I learned to accept good and bad criticism. This was very difficult – I do have thick skin but it hurt like hell to hear the negative comments from the ones you love.  Yikes!

3. I learned that people don’t like when you write about their issues.  Sorry, if you struck a nerve I will definitely speak my mind.  I promise that I will be gentle but remember it’s my opinion.  Be happy – you inspired a blog. HA!

4. I learned that a blog is simply a conversation written out.  😉

5. I learned that I have a unique style of writing.

Last but not least…

6. I learned that I still have a lot to learn.  Writing and blogging is a learning process.

I am proud to say that since November 01, 2011 – I have posted 186 blogs. It’s not a years worth but I am proud of myself. {high-five} Will you stay on this journey with me? I still have so much more to say… :wink wink:

Peace & Love xox

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Criticism…

Why is accepting good or bad criticism so difficult?  Criticism is the practice of judging the merits and faults of something or someone in an intelligible (or articulate) way.

I’ve learned, it hurts the most when it’s those closest to you criticizing your work.  You expect their words to be kind and encouraging and sometimes it’s the opposite.  It’s never easy to hear but it’s their opinion and you have to respect it.  Lets be honest, no one likes to hear:  “It was great but…” , “I liked it, except it should-be written…” ,  “I didn’t like the ending but it was…”  — Well you get the idea. – HA!  The words, but and except are like nails on a chalk board at times.  Eeekkkk ;(

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”

I will not be discouraged and allow anyone to weigh me down.  I will learn from every experience, every story I write, and every criticism good or bad.  There is always something to learn.

Thank you!

Peace & Love xox