Happy 3rd Birthday to The Writing Addict

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Tomorrow on Sunday, February 23rd, The Writing Addict will be three years old. Over the past three years, I have accrued 6,803 page views with 2,326 page views on a single post, 1 donation on Ko-Fi, 77 followers on Instagram, 36 email subscribers, 30 likes on Facebook, and 32 followers on Twitter. I have published 31 blog posts and have 3 free writing resource worksheets.
While this may not seem like a lot compared to the huge blogs that inhabit the internet, I am proud of my stats. I haven’t come close to my goals yet, but I know with hard work, I can achieve anything.

My heart is heavy though as I write this post, because I am grieving the loss of my grandpa who at this moment has been gone a week. I normally don’t write my posts in this level of real-time anymore (I keep an editorial calendar), but I told myself a few weeks ago that I wanted to feel the excitement of accomplishment when I wrote this post, meaning I would have to write it at the last minute. I had no idea it would be this hard.

This blog may focus on writing topics, but I try to emulate what my Papa stood for—hard work and perseverance by keeping up with The Writing Addict. Papa worked never stopped working or volunteering. There was never a question on whether his family would be provided for. Even his hobbies, gardening and fishing, required patience and hard work. Even with his busy life, he made time for the people he loved and he made time to laugh.

When I found out Papa was put into hospice care a few days before he died, I pulled a few tarot cards to see if I could find an answer for what I needed to know in this time. Every card I pulled revolved around completing goals no matter how many times I shuffled. At the time, I was angry because I couldn’t understand through my heartbreak how I could be completing a goal. Now, I realize that the cards weren't for me—they were for Papa who had finally conquered his life goals. He had finally reached the end where he could be proud of his work ethic and the life he built for those he left behind.

This is what I strive to do in my own life. This is what I aim to do with this blog. I plan to show up as often as I am able with fresh content, written from the heart. I plan to continue to grow my social media to reach more writers. I plan to keep being creative until every bone in my body is drained.

I will persevere and work hard until I pull a goal completion tarot card that I am confident in. I will work hard until I can say that my work rivals all of those that have come before me.

But today, I will bask in the excitement I feel for running a blog for three years with almost 7,000 page views. I indulge in the satisfaction I feel because I’m beginning to earn regular ad revenue. I believe in the good things coming.

And I pray that one day, maybe when this blog turns 4 or 5, that I feel like even half the person my Papa was—that this blog can become a testament for the lessons he ingrained in my soul.

*Lifts up a glass to toast*

So happy birthday, The Writing Addict. May your fresh, baby self have many more.

And thank you to my readers because without you none of this would be possible.

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