Hi Friends! Welcome back to Finish the Sentence Friday! I hope that you each had a magical, relaxing, and memorable-in-the-good-way holiday.
Tonight, we’re talking about blogging goals. I have to admit that I don’t have any, and I never have, really. I started blogging because I was scared. Our family, and Tucker’s delays, didn’t fit. Anywhere. So I wrote. I wrote and I wrote.
At some point, being completely ignorant about blogging, unless you count Perez Hilton, or FML, I decided to blog. I thought it’d be unique, and fun. I was right about the fun.
So here I am, a year later. And we’re supposed to talk about blogging goals. It would be easy to talk about better balance, how much social media sucks my time, and that I’m grateful for the blogging communities that I’ve built. That’s all true. Some of you will say that you hope to increase traffic, have a post go viral, and to make more money blogging.
That’s how I feel sometimes, but, for whatever reason, those don’t really feel like blogging goals to me. In fact, I’m not sure that I’m organized and proactive enough to have actual blogging goals. Really, I prefer to procrastinate until the last minute, spew words, hit publish, and see what happens in my niche-less, random way.
There’s the whole reason I started blogging thing. That it worked. That I found you, that you exist, and that you reached out to tell me that you, too, live in the Middle World. There’s the whole thing that you are out there, right here, and get us. You share a similar story, and I’m beyond grateful for the fact that we found one another. That you needed to know that we are here, floundering, flailing, failing, celebrating, laughing, and succeeding just enough. That there is hidden magic buried underneath the worry and terror. That the magic matters more.
You guys. You are my blogging goal. Parents who wonder about autism and special needs. Parents who don’t. Those that relate to 80’s me, and to just-a-parent me. You are why I do this. I don’t do this for the other goal-ish stuff. Maybe I should.
So my blogging goals? To keep on keeping on.
You help me to look up when I’m down, and to look everywhere when I’m tall. To remember that each of us has a story that would break your heart. That each of us have stories that would make your sides ache with uncontrollable laughter, and one that would make you cry tears of the happiest, humanest kind.
All of us are all of our stories. Blogging. Writing. Reading. It connects us.
Really, when it comes down to it, each of us should only have three blogging goals:
- Write for the reasons that you write.
- Speak freely, and with bravery.
- Connect when you need to, and retreat when life is better. Which it should be, more than it’s not.
So while of course I hope for more balance, wisdom, and writing breakthroughs, I also am perfectly content with my blogging goal to be to keep being me. To sharing my worries, celebrations, and all of the middle world stuff with you.
To remind you that you’re not alone.
That neither am I.
I think that that’s just enough, and that just enough is more than enough.
What about you? Do you have blogging goals? In real life goals? Will you tell me about them?
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