The year in review: On blogging and looking back over my shoulder

2013The Flannel Files started on a whim.  My son had just left to live with his dad, and I was looking for something creative and productive to do to fill the void.

So, this blog sprung from a loss, as many creative endeavors do.

I didn’t know anything about blogging.  I didn’t even read any blogs.

But I stumbled onto WordPress, and the rest is history.

I wasn’t sure that I was doing it right (which brought back memories of early sexual encounters) or that anyone would ever read it, but hey, it was all about me and the writing and away I went.

I’ve been blogging for about half a year now, and it’s been a real joy.

I find that when I blog purely for myself, the words come easily and people seem to respond.

To date, I’ve written 65 posts.  The Flannel Files has received a whopping 6,600 views.  I have 181 followers.

I peaked in late October when my post about a really bad fish sandwich was Freshly Pressed.  More than 1,000 people read that post, and it made my day.  Ok, year.  It was such a thrill to watch the views increase by the hour and my e-mail in box to fill with “likes” and comments and new followers.

I’ve found that readers seem to like stories about my life struggles.  Like coming out and my never-ending quest to let go dammit.  Coming out certainly isn’t a universal struggle, but everyone can relate to trying to fit in and searching for one’s place in the world.

My favorite blog post was Of Mice and Lesbians.  Probably because every word, believe it or not, is true.  After I wrote it, I had one of those gee-this-is-really-my-life ha-ha moments.

I hope to blog in 2013 about letting go — still — and forgiveness and my cats and hopefully some new adventures that I’m planning.  I would love to find a way to cobble together some of these posts for the beginnings of a memoir.

Anyway, I hope you’ll come along for the ride.  When I started this project one day last summer, I never knew that one person (well, except for W) would be interested, let alone 181.  And as much as this whole thing is for me and about me, it just wouldn’t work without you.  Without you, dear reader, there would be no “likes” or comments or give and take or community, which is what makes a blog much more than just a bunch of words on a screen.  Thank you for all that you do to inspire me to be a better writer and a better person.

Happy New Year!

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5 responses to “The year in review: On blogging and looking back over my shoulder

  1. I have really enjoyed your blog and look forward to the continuing adventure. I have my own issues with depression and letting go. I think that it is healing to both read about others journeys and write about our own. Thank you for being an inspiration on my journey.

  2. I just want to say that your blog is one of my favourites. You are such a down-to-earth and thoughtful (as in you “think” about stuff) kind of person. I like that. You also write with ease, and what you say makes sense to me. That is not the case with a lot of what I read out there. Anyway, thanks for starting your blog and for being you. And keep going! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Fern. I’ve been enjoying the whole blogging experience and am glad that I took a chance and gave it a go.

      Yours was the first blog that I found and liked and followed. When I first read your stuff, I was hoping that I could be half as funny.

      Anyway, here’s to a year of great — and funny — posts.

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