365 days in all. The better part of 350,000 words, give or take. I started counting, but a hundred days in I could feel myself starting to lose my already tenuous grip on sanity. A few M.I.T. graduate-worthy calculations had me netting out here.
At a shit load of words. How many pages is War and Peace?
May be off by a few, but it’s close enough, trust me. 22,359 of you have read my blog, NOT including today. 5,074 comments have been left (and conversations started), NOT including today. And I’m read in 114 countries, NOT including today.
Staggering. Mind-blowing. Unbelievable. Yet true.
Pinch me, someone, please.
In the beginning there was just a germ of an idea. An idea that quickly became a personal challenge. So I set a goal. And goddamn it, I did it! And I’ve loved each and every minute.
And what a year it’s been!
To my own amazement, more than anyone else’s I’m sure, I’ve shared a different part of me with you, every day, for the past 365. The funny me. The serious me. The pensive me. The melancholy me. The sad me. The curious me. The bitchy me. The sarcastic me. The challenging me. The sentimental me. The loving me. The nurturing me. The neurotic me. The romantic me. The pragmatic me. The ranting me. The mellow me. The critical me. The cranky me. The nasty me. The naughty me. The frustrated me. The irreverent me. The cynical me. The trusting me. The naive me. The all-knowing me. The opinionated me. The committed me. The determined me. The not-so-sure me. The questioning me.
The friend. The daughter. The boss. The employee. The neighbour. The traveler. The hermit. The recluse. The couch potato. The optimist. The dreamer. The fan. The fanatic. The control freak. The ad gal. The reader. The watcher. The leader. The follower. The movie lover. The cook. The shopper. The collector. The purist. The enthusiast. The introvert. The extrovert. The ex. The idiot. The non-conformist. The volunteer. The do-gooder. The mouth. The child. The grown-up. The woman. The feminist. The animal lover. The activist. The justice-seeker. The shit disturber. The writer.
Some of those parts have been a real surprise, especially to me. I’ve seen sides of myself I never knew existed. Sides I now want to explore in greater detail. I’ve been challenged and stretched; and have found myself under the gun, on more than one occasion, to come up with an idea, pronto! Which was the point. Or at least part of it.
This blog has introduced me to people I would never otherwise have met. Yes, you. We’ve visited each other’s blogs. We’ve exchanged thoughts and opinions. We’ve shared experiences and recipes. We’ve discovered our common interests. We’ve conversed and debated and differed. We’ve also formed bonds and established friendships, unconventional as they may be. Because for the most part, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever meet in person.
Although having said that, I have met three of you. Julie from Texas, (Sow, Sew, So), and her husband, Bruce; and Patricia Sands, author of two books (and counting), a blog and a newsletter. She lives in Toronto (although her heart’s in France), but she’s constantly on the go! And I’m hoping to meet more of you. Wouldn’t that be just fab-u-lous??
What’s next for the blogging me?
Five days ago I said I had five days to figure it out. And I have. To a point. First things first:
I’m going to take a day or two off.
To clear my head, if nothing else. Hopefully you agree I’ve earned it. I’ll do it anyway, but it would be nice if I had your blessing.
Next, I am NOT committing to blogging every day. I’ve been there, done that. Proved my point. And I’d like some extra time to devote to my book. But I’ve learned a lot about blogging through this experience, some of my past efforts and the experiences of others. It is FAR too easy to let a blog languish. To lose momentum. To write less and less frequently, until you disappear completely.
Go from having a blog, to having HAD a blog.
Not me. Not this time.
So I know, all too well, making a commitment is absolutely essential. I proved that to myself with this blog. While I am not prepared to commit to blogging every single day again, I AM prepared to COMMIT to blogging AT LEAST once a week; and knowing me, it will probably be much MORE frequent. I have too much on my mind and I’m too anxious to share, to be satisfied with a once-weekly-only schedule.
But first, I’m going to take a day or two off. Starting tomorrow.
Before you know it, though, I’ll be right here, again. In this very same spot. Same time. Same station. Same channel. You don’t have to do a thing. Leave the dial exactly where it is. I’ll make a little adjustment to the name of the blog. Just slight. So it makes sense a year in and going forward. I’ll re-write a couple of the pages to make them more current. And I’ll do the same with the subhead. Just tweaks, really.
Then it will be business as usual. Blogging as usual. So I hope I continue to see you right here, for days and weeks and months and possibly even years to come. Because none of it would have been the same, without all of you. Thank you SO much for joining me on the little adventure that turned out to be a pretty significant journey of self-discovery. One that was, hopefully, as good for you as it has been for me.
In the immortal words of The Terminator, aka the former Governor of California, aka the housekeeper’s married lover, aka Maria Shriver’s former husband, aka Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back!”
Let’s make a date for this coming Friday. Okay?
And a fabulous year it has been reading you, Fransi!
Thank you 🙂
Thank YOU! I’ve really enjoyed our ‘conversations’ and am looking forward to a lot more. 🙂
Thank you 🙂 I’ll still be around when you get back from your well deserved time off 🙂
Great. Thanks again! Look forward to ‘seeing’ you again.
Congratulations! Well done on achieving your goal and looking forward to hearing from you in the future. Enjoy your days off!!!
Thanks. I will 🙂 See you soon.
Congrats, Fransi, on your achievement! I started blogging last November, and yours was one of the first I discovered and followed in my WordPress reader. Your voice, unique and powerful, is what keeps me coming back for more. I’m glad you’ll be keeping up 365 (or whatever it may morph into). Friday sounds good to me.
Thanks so much. And I have been following you from the beginning as well. See you Friday! 🙂
Congratulations! Enjoy your well-deserved time off. Looking forward to your return–and your book.
Thanks. Back soon. Stay tuned on the book.
CONGRATULATIONS! Can you hear the distant drums rolling…..?
I can, thanks!! See you soon … 🙂
Congratulations!!! Enjoy the break and looking forward to the next post already 🙂
Thanks, Kate. Me too, actually 🙂
Congratulations! It’s been lovely to get to know you through your blog over the last year. You definitely deserve a day or two off!
I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you, too. Thanks so much for reading and following and commenting. See you soon 🙂
Thanks for the company and the encouragement Fransi, enjoy the few days holiday I will be in the queue looking forward to the next episode. Chris.
Thanks, Chris; and you’re welcome. I have enjoyed your poems and our conversations. Back soon … 🙂
Thanks, Julie. You know what it’s like …
Fantastic! Well done! You write very well!
Thanks very much. Glad you like …
Fransi – you rock, girl! Totally rock! Well done!! Thank you for sharing yourself with us. We’ve been very lucky to have you. xox Jane
Thanks my dear. It ain’t over. Back in a few days. Thanks for being here 🙂
Congratulations! It’s been great fun getting to know all of the “yous” you’ve shared on your blog over the past year!
Thanks very much. As I’ve enjoyed your writing, your podcasts and your art. Looking forward to much more … 🙂
Thanks! Thanks for coming along and inspiring so many of my stories. Looking forward to phase II … 🙂
Congratulations on achieving your goal, Fransi! I agree, you do deserve a bit of a breather, but I’m glad you will continue sharing your thoughts and experiences with us! A squirrel’s paws don’t make a whole lot of noise when it claps them together, but I am clapping for you nonetheless!
Thanks. I’m looking forward to many more ‘nutty’ conversations with you 🙂
Drum roll AND imaging a HUGE fireworks display going off right now just for you, Fransi! Congrats on reaching your goal! I’ve enjoyed every post but I have to admit to reading them in bundles rather than day to day. A real treat for me to look forward to. You are SO special and your writing makes us all just sit back, sip our coffee and savor every word. THANK YOU for all of your support of me and my blog! Enjoy your time off with my blessings. I look forward to the next installment of Fransi! Love and light, BP
Thank you SO much for everything . I think you are my first follower and you’re still here. Have loved getting to know you and your blog. I’m looking forward to the “next installment” as well. Cheers.
Congratulations Fransi! I was gone say your next has to be a book! and my question was answered, Yes! it’s in the works! So happy to have found you and able to connect. Have a great Holiday! Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:57:16 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks! Just 2 days off 🙂
Yay! You did it! Now celebrate!
I AM !!!! :). Thanks. See you soon
Awesome! See you in France and look forward to reading your book!
Thank you. And I’ll continue to see you here. Returning Friday… 🙂
very proud of you.
Thank you! Hugs.
Many congrats on such a big milestone, I admire your writing and your dedication to it. Much for me to see and learn from you.
Thank you so much. I am thrilled you like my blog :). I will do my best to keep it that way 🙂
Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed every one of your posts that I’ve read. I’m glad you’ll take a few days off and I look forward to whatever is next!
Thank you so much.
Big congrats – I second all of the above sentiments. I have enjoyed your blog ever since I found it and I will definitely be staying tuned.
Thanks so much! I’m back, started today. At the moment I may not blog everyday but I will be around a lot.
Oh fine! Your grand finale would have to be during my only three days unplugged all year! So I apologize for being late to this party but still want to leave my congratulations on your fabulous accomplishment! You are a natural blogger, Fransi. One of the best, IMHO! I’m so pleased there will be more! Time for a coffee chat!
Grazie, grazie!! No worries. You have clearly survived your three days of being unplugged. Good for you!! Yes, definitely time for a coffee chat. Give me some dates/times that work for you.
Congratulations on completing the full year, that’s a great achievement! I can’t believe I missed it while I was AWOL (and procrastinating, haha) 😀
Haha! Thanks. But now I have to stop procrastinating and go write a blog post 🙂