According to WordPress (WP), today, January 15, 2021, marks five years since joining the platform. I actually wrote my first post on September 7, 2015.
So, how did I get here? How did I end up on WP? Well, I was on a journey of sorts. I lived in Madison, Alabama around that time and wanted to expand my horizons and explore new opportunities, so I looked toward the West, specifically, California.
When I arrived in California, I had the unexpected and good fortune of connecting with a former co-worker who lived in Glendale. We went out to eat and reminisced on our time working together in Florida. After catching up on the happenings in our lives, she asked me if I could house sit as she planned to travel abroad. I was delighted and took her up on her offer.
Not only was this friend gracious enough to allow me to occupy her cozy and luxurious apartment, but she also gave me access to her black Ford Mustang GT and bought six weeks worth of groceries. She also instructed her friends to check up on me to make sure my stay would be comfortable and enjoyable, which they did.
One of those friends visited me weekly, sometimes twice a week, and always treated me to lunch at some fancy restaurant. I was catered to, almost to a fault. Part of me wanted to tell these beautiful souls, “Please stop with all the pampering. I can take care of myself.” But deep down, I enjoyed being their pet project.
During this period of my life, I felt compelled to share my thoughts on a public platform. And here I am today writing my 400th post.
Here are five lessons I have learned since joining WordPress.
- Write. Writing on WP helped me identify my voice as a writer. I learned what topics interest me more than others. Writing on WP also taught me the value of staying in the moment and allowing the world to come to me.
- Commitment. When starting any new initiative, it is easy to get sucked into that world, often neglecting everything else. I made a decision early not to over-commit and be selective about how often I would write.
- Be yourself. Early on, there were a few times I thought about tweaking my writing style because it would make certain folks more comfortable. Interacting with other bloggers, however, showed me the value of being true to my core as a unique individual and writer.
- Expand your body of work. I discovered my writing niche on WP, which has expanded my work beyond the blog into two books. See my latest title below.
- Plan a look-ahead schedule. Writing on WordPress can be a time-consuming experience. To be more efficient, I plan some of my topics ahead. I currently have around 90 draft posts in my queue.
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