Here we are in 2012 … Which is unbelievable really, because I don’t know where 2011 went.
But I guess that’s life.
I’ve been blogging now for almost a year. More than 80 posts and nearly 4,000 views later, I have to say it’s been a good thing. Fun to write, reflect, and get feedback from all you other awesome bloggers/blog readers out there.
But the winds of change, they are a’blowing.
I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions … If they work for you, that’s fantastic, but they don’t really work for me. There’s no way to anticipate what the next year will bring, so I’ve always found it more useful to reflect on the lessons learned in the year past in preparation for whatever may come next. Goals are good, but resolutions, meh.
That being said, and upon reflection of last year, there are some pretty major changes coming my way.
Blogging has been a great outlet for me, and it’s allowed me a good platform to begin writing again. In 2012, I can see much more serious writing in my future. There are several things going on that have caused this: First being that I love to write, and want to write more. But the second more practical reason is a serious lack of funds. I’m a marginally employed teacher right now. And I love teaching, and still strongly feel like working with young people is my largest calling in life. But there are no teaching jobs open currently and the economy is taking its sweet time recovering, which means there are no openings in the foreseeable future, either.
And although I like substitute teaching as well as volunteering, frankly it just isn’t paying the bills.
So now I’ve expanded my search for employment back into the writing/publishing/journalism/communications field again … Not somewhere I expected to be going back to, but I’m not unhappy about it either. I love writing and editing, which is why this field was my first choice for a long time. And while I wait for something to come through (and I know something will eventually give), I’ve also started looking into the possibility of writing for a living.
Oh to dream, I know.
But hear me out. I don’t have aspirations of becoming rich and famous. But I want to have some of my work published this year. I think that’s totally doable. I’ve got a lot of material stacked up in my office that, with a little TLC and some creative marketing on my part, could very well make it out there.
That has some implications for this blog, though.
Don’t worry, I’m still going to blog here. I like it too much to give it up at this point. But here are some things that will be different in 2012:
- No more Monday Morning Haiku. Because haiku is soooo 2011. But for the sake of still forcing myself to post at least once a week, I am making the transition to a Monday Morning Inspiration feature. The exact definition of what this will be is still up in the air, but you can be sure that something will be posted every Monday.
- I’m planning to keep this blog mainly as a personal journal, which is basically no different than how I’ve approached it up to this point. However, I do have plans to begin another blog that’s more informational/journalistic in nature. I’ll post a link to that once it’s up and running, for those of you who want to blog stalk me there as well.
- I’ve finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. Before you get too excited you should know I haven’t actually Tweeted yet, I’ve only just gotten signed up. Watch for a post on that soon too, as well as the little Twitter feed addition to this blog.
- The jury is still out about how much “creative” material I will post here. I would like to tell you that I’ll still post some photos and poetry once in awhile, but some sites/publications have rules about having material in more than one place (even if I own said material). Stay tuned. Worst case scenario, I can at least post links here to my other stuff, which just means an extra click or two for you.
And so 2012 begins with a lot of uncertainty and some new prospects coming down the road. I’m nervous, but excited too. I feel like my life has been in a holding pattern for the last year or two, and that’s not been fun. Time to move on, even if it’s in an unexpected new direction.
Bring it, 2012.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” -Edith Lovejoy Pierce