For the past two days I have had a hard time getting my posts to upload to my blog. I didn’t know if it was a technical problem or user error. I sent emails, contacted support, asked anyone and looked anywhere I could to figure out what was going on. I then dug a bit deeper and the statistics of this blog explained it all. I had filled up the 3G of space I was allowed, shared 1,946 posts and with more than 160k words, and have had more than 46k visits over nearly five years. Once I saw that I realized I had filled up all that my blog could support. UGH! Now what?
As I stressed out about my next move I pondered all sorts of things. Start a new blog, find a new provider, stop writing, maybe even just do something completely different. I landed on trying to solve the problem of capacity by purchasing more capacity for the next two years. I upgraded my blog from my current provider (which will include no more nebulous advertisements – hooray!) and hunkered down to write through the end of this year and into a new one.
I do have plans to make a few changes with my 2,000th post, which will be in early February 2020, so stay tuned. I tell you this to share my amazement and thank you for reading the words I put forth each day. I started this as a challenge in 2015 to see if I could write everyday; with the statistics I shared I would say there is something inside me that needs to come out in words. Thank you for your comments and encouragements and for allowing me into your lives. I know time is precious so the fact that you are reading this lets me know that something I am writing makes a difference.
As we face the end of one year and the beginning of the next, let me speak from the voice of experience. Set a big, scary, hairy, humongous goal for yourself that you have no idea if you can complete it. Put it out there, then do everything in your power to make it happen. Do not accept your own excuses or failures, do whatever it takes to make that goal happen. You will be amazed at the person you become along that journey. Nothing worth doing is ever easy, if it were everyone would do it. So you break a blog or whatever it is you are working towards, so what? So you trip, or stumble, get a bit bloody or even have to face the ugly parts of your own existence, you can do that. If I can do it you can do it. I double dog dare you to step out and get started. Take it one day at a time and enjoy who you become. Your life, your dreams, your future is worth it.
Good for you, Ann. Yes you are enjoyed, thought of and referred to but more than that you connect people. If there is anything that we need more, I don’t know what it is than to care about others. You contribute to this need. Thank you. I live in the same community as Phyllis Bailey, your mother-in-law, see how you connect? Happy Holidays to you & Kevin.
I hated those ads. I knew they were a necessary evil based on your plan, but if you can hate an advertisement, then I did.