I started thegleanse.blogspot.com December 16, 2012 mainly to build an audience that would eventually support me when my first novel was released.
As I mentioned in that first post, Mama, I Want to Write I was afraid of blogging. How dare I think I had something to say that people would want to read? I'm no expert. Yet, I do have a lot to say and I'll say it to anyone who will listen. I was also afraid of writing something that would haunt me and eventually come back to bite me.
I felt so stifled by this fear that I thought it was unnatural and I was determined not to let it get the best of me. Sharing my writing is something I felt compelled to do; I couldn't not do it. So, I went out and bought a bible study guide focused on fear to help me overcome it. The study didn't eliminate the fear but it was no longer stifling.
Blogging has become much more than a means to an end for me. When I started seeing that people were really interested in what I had to say, I decided that blogging was something I wanted to take seriously and be successful at doing. Looking at those pageviews increase from week to week, motivated me even more. I started attending writing and social media conference to learn how to up my game.
Like I said yesterday, I started to slack off but my desire to be successful at this thing has not waned.
I can't not do it.