CALM DOWN: I'm just making use of everyone's favorite rhetorical device, hyperbole. In this case, the end of the road translates to the end of of my first six months of “giving blogging a whirl.” When I decided to start From Pennies to Passports, I gave myself those six months to feel it out, see if I enjoyed it, and see if anyone cared about what I had to say. So, what have I learned?
- I learned that I have really awesome, super supportive friends and family. You guys could not have been nicer about this whole weird project, from shooting me emails when you found something useful or fun, to following me on Twitter and Facebook (Seriously. Why are 500 people following this blog on Twitter. WHO ARE THEY? Are you them?), to leaving me lovely comments and tips of your own. High five, friends
- I learned that Twitter is terrifying. There are so many creepy tricks, tips, and tools to help you “up your follower count,” but they’re so invasive and…did I mention creepy? So pretty early on I learned to let it go, stop obsessing about my social showing, and accept the fact that Taye Diggs literally follows everyone on there. Including me. And you. It’s a thing.
- I learned that, most days, blogging is really fun. I have so much … STUFF, crap and otherwise, floating in my head that it’s useful to have an outlet for it, whether it’s a cheap-o money saving trick I dreamed up or, you know, a rant about the genius that is the Hallmark Movie Channel. There have definitely been days where it feels like a chore, but once I post something, I’m grateful I put my nose to the grindstone and got it done. Even if it was about Coca Cola. And then I reward myself…with a Coca Cola.
So, all that is why, drumroll, I’ve decided to give myself another six months. I may trim down the numbers of posts I’m doing a week, I may throw in more pop culture posts (and by that, I mean posts about Hawaii 5-0 and also candy), and I may ask you all to share what you like with your friends and what you don’t like with me. (I’ll fix it, I promise.)
What do you say? You in?