by Edie Melson @EdieMelson
Today is a milestone in the life of The Write Conversation, and in my own blogging life. This post is number 1500.
I read that and I just need to take a minute and let that sink in.
When I shared this information with my husband, his comment was, “Wow that’s over 4 years of posting. I thought you’d been at this longer than that.”
Well he’s right, and he’s wrong.
If I’d been posting 7 days a week from the very beginning of this blog, it would only be 4 years a few months. But I didn’t start out sharing a post a day. I started slow—giving myself a chance to succeed—posting only once a week.
The first post on this site went live on December 11, 2009.
Those early posts were rough. And many of you may think I’ve long since taken them down. But the truth is, as bad as they were, I’m proud of those first posts. To me, they represent my public claim as a writer.
But I also knew that I’d never get there if I didn’t get started. If I’d waited until I was polished and perfect . . . well . . . I’d still be waiting.
Funny thing is, that’s what the first post is all about. I wrote about Mastering Your Dream. As much of a beginner as I was, I still knew that getting where I want to go takes work.
Enough about me.
The title of this post says what I want to focus on—celebrating YOU.
Each of you is taking time right now, investing in your dream. You’re making the effort to learn and grow as a writer. You’re reaching out and encouraging one another as we come together to follow the path set before us.
I wish I could give each of you a gift. It would only be fitting because this blog would be nothing without you.
What I’m doing instead is offering the chance to win one of 3 $15 Amazon gift cards. You don’t have to do anything to enter the drawing—no tweeting or sharing or liking required. All you have to do is leave a short comment. Then check back on Thanksgiving to see if you won.
Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Oh, in case you’re curious, here are some links to the earliest posts, along with the stats (and you should notice I didn't even know enough to use images to illustrate my posts). They're untouched. I've left them just as they were when I first put them up.
Monday, December 11, 2009
Page views before today: 40
Monday, December 21, 2009
Page views before today: 21
Monday, January 25, 2010
Page views before today: 12