I sat down to write something else this morning but just wanted to shoot out this quick post to say an huge big THANK YOU to all of you who have ever read my blog!
Last night I popped over to have a peek at my blog stats and was amazed and humbled (not humiliated as Athol suggested), when looking at the map of the world, that people have been reading my blog in almost every country across the globe these past 18 months. (Although, as you can see, I’m not doing so great in the Sahara region or Greenland. I’m also clearly not resonating in the Middle East so much).
I would never have imagined when I started this as a little experiment almost three years ago that it would captivate me so much. Or that it would grow so much.
There’s something about blogging that is hard to describe to someone who has never blogged, it’s almost like an addiction – you just can’t stop thinking about it and can’t get enough of it.
Some of you will know that I’m doing an evening course in digital media and design at the moment (nearly finished – phew!) which has kept me busy and away from writing here but while doing some research for my recent marketing asignment I discovered this quote:
‘A blog is almost always written by one person who has fire in the belly and wants to communicate with the world.’D.M. Scott. The New Rules of Marketing and PR. (2011).
When I read that in an actual textbook, and not just on another blogger’s blog (although this chap started out writing a blog and has now published that book) it was a real AHA moment for me. I suppose that ‘fire in the belly’ experience is true of any ambition or creative endeavour.
Any musician, artist, designer or evangelist can relate to this sensation of having a passion and being consumed by the desire to share it.
So I am grateful to all of you who have been on this journey with me, for being the ones who have been on the receiving end of my passion! I’m especially grateful for those individuals from the countries listed at the bottom of my map of statistics, in places that I’m likely to never visit. It’s such a thrill knowing my words have been to those countries even if I never will, and that my passion has extended to to the far reaches of this earth.
Here are all of the places in the world that my blog as been without me.
My first blog libertyhenwick.wordpress.com was born on the 12 April 2016. In late September 2017 I decided to buy my own domain name and go self hosted with SiteGround (affilate link). So although I’ve been writing for three years and have transported many of my old posts across to my current blog, Liberty on the Lighter Side is officially almost only 18 months old.