Friends ask me how long I intend to keep up the effort that goes into blogging.
I have an easy answer–“Until it’s no longer fun!”
I started blogging two years ago this week and sometimes I wonder if I had understood the time and mental resources required in the care and feeding of overall blog maintenance, would I have been as eager to begin?
I probably would have thought it impossible.
In 2011 two good friends and I were researching the steps towards creating a local hospital chapter in support of the Biller Family Center at City of Hope National Medical Center. The Center offers an impressive array of support and palliative care resources to both Cancer patients and their families, and we were interested in highlighting the Center and the volunteer opportunities available.
Our primary focus was interest in connecting caregivers to the resources–yoga and exercise classes, nutrition care, support groups–breathing lighter!
A blog seemed one way towards highlighting some of our communication goals, but at that point the only blog I’d followed was Getchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project.”
In other words, I knew nothing at all!
But just for fun I started playing with the WordPress tools, and before I knew what I was doing, I’d managed to create a theme, write a mock post, and whoosh! I’d published it!
Two hours later I figured out how to retrieve that particular test post, but by then I had navigated all over the dashboard and started learning the tools of the trade. I was hooked.
My two friends experienced big changes in their lives before we launched our goal project, so I simply took the opportunity to create a personal space to BreatheLighter.
And because I have met wonderful people from all over the world, I now realize that if I had to stop writing, I would continue reading. I would miss you all entirely too much to just fade away.
So thank you for reading BreatheLighter and coming by to leave comments, keeping the dialogue open. It means a lot to me that I can share my two darling granddaughters along with the misadventures of Darwin the Amazing African Sulcata, and of course, my Southern California field trips.
There is a sense of reciprocity in blogging that has been an unanticipated bonus. I’m more aware of my surroundings because of you. I notice detail differently, thinking that what I’m experiencing may translate as interesting to others.
So, thank you!
And I will have more to share later this week from my local corner of the world. I’ll leave you with a few teaser images, and we can continue the dialogue then.
Curious? I hope you’ll be back. Until that time, have a wonderful week, my friends.