Happy blogging: 2012 in review

A friend of mine the other day said “I’m not sure I understand what a blog is, but I sure enjoyed reading this.” Which was a great compliment from someone whom I consider to be a great writer herself.

I started this blog on Oct. 1, also not really having an idea of a blog’s purpose. It was a bit of a whim after friends and I had discussed blogging earlier in the day. I knew other people who had set up blogs for various reasons: they liked to write or they were doing it as part of a larger work/job strategy.

That night, I logged on to wordpress – simply because a few other friends had blogs there. With a few clicks, I had a blog. Deciding what to call it – Midway – seemed fairly obvious. It was broad enough to allow me to write about pretty much anything (I don’t do restriction well). As to what to do with it – that’s a work in progress.  But pretty quickly, it was ready to share.

And this, to me, is the appeal: I’ve never been a diary-keeper because it seems pointless to me to have a secret page to put on all my deepest thoughts. Words and writing are, to me, for sharing. I do that professionally – but, frankly, this provides a way for me to try out ideas, experiment a bit – and not be too concerned about  judgement.

It’s a way of launching my personal voice out into the universe. Having fun writing about different things. And connecting with people about different issues.

It also, frankly, provides a discipline of sorts – in my pre-blog days I could go months without writing anything, while these days I find myself feeling a certain level of responsibility toward the blog. More people are beginning to read it and I don’t want it to become neglected. And I find I’m enjoying trying to come up with ideas much, much more.

Who knows where it’ll go in 2013.

The WordPress.com people prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog – the details are below. They tell that more and more people have begun reading and following in just a few months. And that, frankly, is a real kick.

So, thanks for reading – Happy 2013 – and look forward to seeing you back here, or elsewhere in the blogosphere.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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