There are a moments being a blogger is really a tedious unfun process. There are times when your stats or low or a big brand deal goes through and that shiny freebie won’t be coming, when you have to rally up the votes and tweet til your eyes bleed for a big, impossible goal. There are times when you feel you’re posting to dead space to rally up comments, votes, donations or shares and you hope you’re not being annoying (you know you are) but you just have to keep going because the goal is too important to stay quiet about.
Still, even though sometimes blogging can make the blogger feel totally alone, self-critical and questioning, blogging has helped me achieve the impossible. I look back on 2012 and can’t believe that we raised $2,601 for charity: water during my birthday month, the amazing friends & mentors I’ve made and the fact I survived graduate school with sanity intact.
Just a month later, I committed to a half marathon when I wasn’t even able to run a full mile without stopping. I was scared, but I laced up my shoes & petitioned your help to raise $500 for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Looking back, I had no evidence that I could take on such a lofty goal- either to get myself from a 13 minute mile to a 13.1 mile run, nor did I know if anyone would be willing to donate to yet another fundraiser after a huge $2,601 donation.
Seriously, I know I ask a lot of my amazing readers and friends on this blog- I’m always working on projects that require your support but I sincerely want to thank you for your tremendous help in 2012.
I cannot believe how much my life has changed through a graduation, cross-country move, the launch of my first product, and how many miles I’ve run since my shaky beginnings in June/July….166.4 miles to be precise!
If you’re reading this, I hope you know that you’ve been a part of this journey, no matter where you came in on it. I will be thinking of you as I train and when I cross that crazy 13.1 mile finish line for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in January 2013.
Thanks everyone, you sincerely rock.