An illustration of how I’ve spent my working hours for the past eight years. Photo courtesy of meganwynne.com
SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION
To be honest, I didn’t realize that this Hartland Chronicles blog was on the verge of its 100th article until recently, when I was looking at the number of posts on the site’s administration page and saw that there were 99 posts.
Knowing that I was going to write this, I gave a little thought as to what I was going to say regarding this milestone; how I was going to approach it.
I found myself looking back over the past eight years, which is the amount of time that I’ve been writing online, working on my book, WALKING ON EGGSHELLS, and pursuing that as my line of work.
Being that my previous choice of career ultimately didn’t work out due to not only me having Asperger’s Syndrome, but also a less-than-great attitude on my part, I had realized that writing was pretty much the only thing I can do work-wise without worrying about trying to please a supervisor or a boss, which caused much anxiety in me.
For the first six years of this pursuit of mine, I posted my stuff on sites that paid royalties like Triond.com and Hubpages.com, as well as write sports articles for two well-known sites, Bleacher Report – who I started with early on, in the summer of 2008 – and Fansided.
I stayed with those sites for a while, the sports sites for a total of seven years, before I felt stymied by the rules and other factors, making the decision to start my own blogs.
To essentially be my own boss, which in all honesty was what I really wanted out of my workforce experience.
Which has resulted in the two blogs that I have now, this one and my sports site, SoCal Sports Annals (here’s the link): http://www.SoCalSportsAnnals.Wordpress.com
Do I think these blogs have been successful?
I’ll answer that with a moderate yes, as in SoCal Sports Annals’ case since I started following games on the blog’s Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/socalshfanatic,
The number of followers have increased significantly to the point where they number nearly 550 – not bad for a small independent fan site!
In fact, I’m following the Dodger baseball game in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on the Twitter page as I write this!
And the site’s Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/SoCalSportsHub )is a good one with over 100 “Likes” – again, not bad for a little sports site. I encourage you to check it out!
As for this site…
It’s been good for me to be able to write what I want without worrying about anyone assessing it like a school essay; in other words, trying to please the monitors who decide if your post is any good.
I certainly appreciate the roughly 40 followers of this site who have shown their interest in my articles by signing up to receive them whenever they get posted.
More than anything else, though I would be lying if I said that this career move has been financially lucrative – at least to this point, as I’m continuing to rewrite and edit my WALKING ON EGGSHELLS tome,
Being a writer and online blogger has given me a benefit that’s every bit as important as money:
Freedom to do my own thing.
Freedom from having to answer to anyone – except God, of course!
And freedom to be as creative as I want.
Which I am thankful for.
BOTTOM LINE: I’m quite glad to have this site (as well as the sports one).
One hundred articles is nothing to sneeze at.
I’m confident that in another year-and-a half or so, I’ll be commenting on this blog’s 200th post!
I’ve always liked these outdoor pics, as they are aesthetically pleasing to me and give me a refreshing, pleasurable feeling. Photo courtesy of wallpaperwidehd.blogspot.com