We are all on a journey.
We have an idea about where we want to go. But we don’t know what’s going to expect us on our way. Times may be hard and whether we ever make it to our goal is uncertain.
Today, I want to be personal with you: I am happy to have you as a reader. It means everything to me.
When I started my blog, I had no idea where it would lead me. I didn’t have a plan for my writing. I had never posted any written piece of mine. Was there a place in this universe for my words, at all?
Something still made me dare the jump. On November 23rd, 2014, I hit the publish button for the first time. It was a hot pot of emotions for me. Anxiety, doubt, regret, joy, excitement - all of these. Would anyone notice? Would I embarrass myself? Would I make a dent?
I still have no answers to these questions. But I am learning everyday.
I believe there is great strength in being naive. It’s when our true voice speaks out.
Without being naive about something, we probably would never start any journey. We would settle for reasoning and being rational. We would give in to fear.
Maybe I was pretty naive when I started my writing journey. I still am. I reach out with my words and never know who’ll pick them up. But I feel that I have to give in order to receive.
Fear accompanies us in all our doing. Every step we take on unknown ways is full of fear. Fear is natural and healthy - if we don’t let it control us.
I know about my fears. They seem ever present. The fear of being judged, the fear of being disappointed, the fear of failing. There is fear at every step of my daily life. It’s my constant companion.
Yet, I am learning to travel on.
I am learning that fear is loud and scary, but it’s just one fellow that’s on the road with me. There are others with me, too. Like strength, knowledge, experience and humor.
What makes the you in yourself is so much bigger than your fears.
Let’s talk about goals for the minimal in 2015.
First, I want to be specific with you today. I have targets for my writing. I want to broaden my blog's scope of topics about productivity, creativity, writing, personal improvement and workflows. I want to voice a unique design language. I want to play around. There will be tweaks and attempts at typography, graphic design and photography. Feel free to comment.
Second, I want to measure and quantify what sticks with you the most. I believe if I can grow then it’s through you.
Third, for the time being there is no one else but me who will be assigned the task of writing to you. (Being alone is scary, isn’t it?)
Four, both of us will face many realities in 2015. We don’t know what life will throw at us. We know there will be many hills to climb and many fences to jump. What we know is that we have started our journey and there is no turning back now. If my writing finds a spot in your days every once in a while, then I know I have achieved something.
Five, I will dedicate time to you. It’s the least I can do, as you are doing the same for me. Time is flying and it’s always sparse. We always have to little time. But a single year may be worth a whole lifetime. There may not always be enough time for longform writing. There may hardly ever be enough time to be perfect. But what I have learned is that it’s not about writing perfectly, it’s about the process - with all its rough edges and hickups. I want to keep on track for you and post frequently. If I make it to 100 posts in a year from now, we can call it a bullseye. If things turn out differently on this journey, I will tell you about it.
What ever may lie around the next corner, I am optimistic about it.
*These words are part of a daily challenge. It’s called “Ten Days to a Better Blog”. This was my day 8. Check out my day 1, day 2 and day 3. You write, you commit and you engage with others from a community of like minded folks. It’s all about growing yourself as a writer and building your confidence. I would love to hear from you on Twitter. The social thing is about getting bugged to stay on a writing track for ten days. It’s still open for anyone to join and won’t close anytime soon.