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I once read most blogs die after six months. So when I started this blog, I said no matter what happens, I’ll stick with it at least that long to see if I really like it. Six months later, Everyday Bright is not only still going, it’s growing! Never mind that when I try to go back and find the reference for the “6 months or die” stats, all I can find is ancetodal evidence that most bloggers quit after 2-3 months. What can I say, I’m an overachiever.
Milestones are not only a great time to celebrate (and I hope you will celebrate with me), they’re also a time for reflection and planning. Here are the things I’m thinking about for the blog, and ways you can participate:
- Interviews and inspiration: This is something I’m so excited about, I can hardly type it without adding exclamation points in the middle of my sentence (for your sake, I’ll refrain). One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to explore my interest and talent in writing. The good news is I’m pretty sure writing, as a blogger/freelancer/book author, is my next career path and I’m considering applying to low residency writing programs starting next summer. My focus? Creative nonfiction. So to really start working my nonfiction muscles (and create some material for my applications), I plan to do more interviews and some longer pieces on the people and places that inspire me. Arvind Devalia, recently featured in the article Top 10 Personal Growth Blogs that Inspire Action, is already in the line-up. If you have other interview suggestions, or just want to volunteer to be a guinea pig in my journalistic experiments, let me know!
- A reader by any other name: One of the absolute best things about this blog is the readers, especially the ones who take the time to leave intelligent comments that force me to dive more deeply into the subjects. I’ve said it many times, both here and at other discussion boards, I’m a lucky blogger to have such a high percentage of thoughtful, engaged readers. But the more I said it, the more I felt “readers” didn’t really describe who you are, at least in my mind. And I wondered, would another name be more suitable? In the book Switch, authors Chip and Dan Heath relate how Brasilata, a steel can manufacturing firm, starting calling all of its employees “inventors.” The result? In 2008, employees submitted 134,846 ideas, or 145.2 ideas per inventor! So what would readers of this blog be called? The tag line of the blog is “Luminations on a Happy Life.” What about luminaries? (See definition here) Let me know what you think in the comments section.
- Feedback: As I start to devote more time and energy into the blog, I’d like to get your advice on how I can make Everyday Bright even better. Fellow reader and blogger extradinaire Annabel Candy recently did a reader survey on her blog Get In The Hot Spot, and I thought it was such a great idea, I’ve decided to do the same. Click here to take the survey. It will only take about 5 minutes of your time and your feedback will be invaluable. I’ll share the results with the group and let you know how I plan to use it.
Thanks again for all your encouragement and support. It’s not an exaggertion when I say I couldn’t have done this without you (talking to yourself gets really old). Sometime this month I plan to have a proper party by hosting a webinar event where we can interact on a more personal level and I’ll fill you on on how my career transition is going. Want to be invited? Just subscribe!
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