Technically the one year anniversary for HarsH ReaLiTy is not for another day and a half, however, WordPress prompted me to go ahead and renew early when I changed my credit card. I went ahead and did that just now so I will go ahead and celebrate the anniversary today.
This is more than just a celebration of my website being up and running for a year. It is actually a reflection upon my first year of blogging in general. Regardless of the rumors or what you may have heard this is my first attempt at blogging for an audience and I have had a fun ride of it so far. When I purchased my premium package last January I will admit I did it because I was afraid someone would steal my account. I was very worried that I would lose the 300 subscribers I had worked so hard for. Looking back I laugh a little bit at how little I knew about WordPress and blogging as a whole. We all have to start somewhere right?
This experience has become so much more than the initial plan of finding a place to write. The relationships and feedback I have received through this website have surpassed even the initial idea of “constructive criticism” I sought when I entered this community. There have been good and bad experiences and definitely many opportunities in which I have learned my own boundaries and limitations. I think blogging can provide a way for people like me to expand their minds and views without having to leave the comfort of their own home. Sometimes the very act of wading through humanity is daunting enough to stifle any thoughts of venturing forth from the safety of our caves.
I feel like my writing has grown over the past year. Since I have removed my previous year’s work, it may be hard for newcomers to determine this, but the beauty is that there are readers on this website that watched me start from day one. Those people I can only hope have appreciated the evolution that is this website and the ever evolving style of my own writing. I love to push my limits and to try new things, it would be a boring “hobby” if I only stuck with writing things I knew I did well.
I must admit I have really enjoyed having two blogs so far. I feel like I don’t really have two websites, just one large one. I hope it isn’t too annoying having to jump across from one website to another, but my plan is for “A Good Blog is Hard to Find” to be an equal to HarsH ReaLiTy in the near future. I appreciate the support and the encouragement with my new site from all of those that have read it.
Here’s to another year of writing. There is nothing else I would rather be doing.