So it was a year ago tomorrow that I fearlessly dove into the world of blogging. On the eve of our trip to Paris I declared my intent to try to post a few blogs along the roads of France and England and little did I know what a huge part of the trip writing would become for me. Many a night was spent with a nightcap in our little Le Pelletier apartment summarizing our events of the day in a way that was more than just a summary of events. I found a voice that had been missing for many years in my writing and I definitely found a passion to tell stories again.
I first learned to love storytelling as a very young boy. In fact I think I wrote something about an ant and a dinosaur in my first grade class that won a contest. I suppose my Mom would remember that better than I would at this point. In my year of blogging I’ve had highs and lows. There have been weeks that I have posted daily and there have been 6 week periods (current weeks included) that I have posted nothing. I’ve lost my voice a few times and I’ve gained it again at times for better and at times for worse. Overall I think I’ve stuck true to my goal to never force it though. After a long hiatus I think I’m ready to hit the keyboard with a decent bit of regularity again. As I look back over the 118 posts from the last year I realize how nice it is to have a sort of public forum diary of what was a pretty phenomenal year. I can only expect with a wedding ahead in the year to come that it would be a shame to not chronicle thoughts and feelings along the way and most importantly…share it with others if they so choose to take a peek. In the last year there have been 3370 “peeks” a number that I never would have imagined possible when I timidly posted for the first few times while we were in France. So in celebration of my one year anniversary of blogging I write!
Much like a year ago I have a similar lack of expectation and no idea where it will carry me but Jimswhimz year number two starts tomorrow. I have a few untold stories from my summer yet to address. I have photos from 1919 of my grandparents to unveil. I have a stack of tickets to events I’ve recently attended to tell stories about. I have tickets for events yet to be held to look forward to. I’ll be happy if I pick up a few more subscribers and I’ll be delighted if there are days were I get record numbers of views, but mostly I’ll be happy if I stay the course and post from the heart as often as it feels right.
I have a few new ideas to unleash including a potential second blog focused exclusively on fiction stories with a little help from any readers that might be out there. I have a novel/screenplay project in progress with a friend who has a great idea but needs a little help in keeping it closer to the mainstream. I think I have many words at these fingertips and only hope that the day to day life situations will continue to inspire. For those of you who have taken a “peek” in the last 365 days I thank you. For those who will join on in the next year I welcome you. For those who touch my life in ways that make me want to write, I revere you. Until my next post which should be soon…
Jim and his Whimz