Pour me a Glass

Okay, that does it. Random or silly or weird, this chic is just going to have to write. I’m talking about the writing, not the chic…by the way.

I want to write but I have found myself completely uninspired to do so. So I’m going to go back to posting daily and see what starts to flow…juice, coffee, water, wine…surely we can get something flowing up in here.

Wine…oh…I think there might be a glass full left in that bottle I opened last night. Sure would hate for that to go to waste.

Thoughts from the Edge

It is official! I do not do well under pressure! I wanted to blog every day this week. I made a commitment to my Sparky peeps to do so. I wrote every day in December and have struggled to write a grand total of 17 posts in the past 3 months.

I know what happened in January. I know why I had limited time to write. I made a decision to focus my time and energy elsewhere most of that month with the intention of returning to my writing in February.

But something changed…

This has been my space to ponder out loud for over three years. This has been my space to process the thoughts inside my head. This has been my space to create with words. This has been my space to encourage and…on occasion…vent. This has been my space to release words. This has been an outlet for my voice.

When I returned to my blog in February, I decided that I wanted to do things a little differently than I had done in December and most of the past three years. I didn’t want to post just for the sake of posting. I wanted every post to mean something. I wanted every post to have a purpose outside the daily posting challenge. I wanted to write things with depth if I was going to write.

I am moving into a new season. I have felt it coming on for a while. I am about to do a new thing. God has prepared me. I have felt a tension to step forward…a longing for more…a resistance to the unknown of what that is.

God has called me to the edge and I don’t think He intends for me to just stand there and look at what is on the other side. I don’t know what is on the other side for me. I don’t know what that will mean for this space but I am certain it will take on a different look and feel as the season unfolds. I know because to think about it causes my words to lock up…which is a pretty good sign there is actually something important going on up in there that needs to be released and a battle is being waged to stop it.

I am not finished writing. I am not finished blogging. I am just finished releasing words for the sake of relieving pressure that builds up all up in there.

Well, except for this post which may have been just that! 🙂

Challenge met…now what?

I did it!!! I posted to my blog every single day in December and I think somehow even posted twice one day. 🙂

If you are a blogger I am here to report that consistent daily blogging does increase your traffic. My average daily hits increased during December to an all time high of 26 compared to the usual 16 or 17 of late. I know! Small numbers but they are my numbers and they are improving. 🙂

I also hit an all time high number of hits to my blog this month. With the rest of today to go I am already over 800 for the month which has never happened in the 3 1/2 years I have done this. 🙂 Again, small potatoes in the blogosphere but my all time high. 🙂

I’ll be setting some new goals for this space soon. Personal goals. I’d love to see how long I could keep this streak going and if I could become consistent with these averages and be reporting the next benchmark of 1000 hits in a month by the end of 2015. I know consistency is a key and I can do that. But I want more than quantity now that I have proven to myself I can push thru and do that.

I want 2015 to be about quality on here. I want my posts to be something that will encourage and challenge my readers. I want them to be fun but meaningful. I want fewer fluff posts just to fill the page. Those help me with consistency but I’d like to move past the need for the fluff.

Today I’ll sign off for 2014 with a HUGE thank you to all of you who come here consistently to read my blog. Thank you to all of you who find your way here by accident. Thank you to all of you who helped me break thru the 800 mark this month. I hope to see you at 1000 soon. 🙂 If you have a favorite post of 2014 feel free to let me know in the comments or share the post or blog with your friends. 🙂

Happy New Year!!