As The Blog Nears Three

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On Friday, my blog turns three. As I write that sentence, I wonder how that’s even possible. Where did the time go?

I don’t want to simply rehash what I wrote for the previous two anniversaries, so we won’t talk about why I entered the blogosphere or compare my initial goals to my current state. I’m focused forward on my PerNoReMo, after all, and I don’t want to get caught up in nostalgia or let Self-Doubt sneak back into my efforts.

When you consider that most bloggers quit in the first month, reaching three years is something to celebrate. Sure, I admit I’ve limped over this year’s finish line. But I crossed it. And that gives me a sense of accomplishment—which I hope to carry over into my PerNoReMo.

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Anniversaries are good times not only to evaluate where we are and where we’re going but also to do some housekeeping. That can be in the literal sense, by cleaning out the clutter, or more figuratively, giving the blog a new look to help inspire the creative Muse. My thanks to you who noticed that change with last Tuesday’s post. 🙂

I’m not yet sure what this next year will bring for the blog. Certainly I hope to be announcing significant progress on the writing front. And a few more posts from the archaeological perspective should appear. Maybe Meghan Bode will share a new short story with us? Please feel free to send her encouraging thoughts on that line. 😉 Who knows? Perhaps a new character will pop into my head.

Of course, I couldn’t end this post without a hearty thank you to everyone who stops by to visit—especially those of you who have been here for the long run. Your support has meant more to me than you can possibly know. So let me raise a virtual toast of appreciation to all of you—I would never have made it this far without you!

Now, back to the countdown to PerNoReMo….

UPDATE! UPDATE!

I wrote this post over the weekend. This morning, I had the big EUREKA! moment while I was working out. I grabbed my phone and recorded a lot of notes about the PerNoReMo story. And they are important notes. I was stuck on “the big scene” near the end. The big confrontation. Where everything falls into place.

Bad place to be stuck.

But as I ran one of my “seminars” in my head on the stepper, the answer finally hit me. How it would develop. How the main character figured out what needed to be done and how to trigger the action. Now I know what must go in the “missing areas.” And that will let me figure out the scenes to fill in the gaps.

PerNoReMo is off to an early start!

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65 thoughts on “As The Blog Nears Three

    • Thanks, Dianne! I’ve enjoyed every one of your posts, too, and I hope we both find inspiration to carry us through another three. 🙂 I also updated this post to reflect my Eureka! moment this morning…. 😉

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    • Ah, yes, we found each others’ blogs during the “sem***” blitz as I recall. 🙂 That post still gets a few hits every day! I updated this post later this morning after a great Eureka! breakthrough on my PerNoReMo story. I’ve been in a great mood ever since. 🙂

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      • You deserve the great mood. 🙂

        Since moving to WordPress.org (and having access to underlying templates and files) I’ve been able to block the “sem***” blitz from accessing my blog. I found you through Googling that invasion, so I thank them for that … but good riddance now. 🙂

        (Since that first search of mine a year ago, there are a LOT more hits when Googling now, with good solutions … one of which suggests sending them a request to remove your URL from their database. I don’t know if that would just let them know you’re a real person and increase their visits, but it’s an option for WordPress.com sites for now.)

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    • Thank you! I’m celebrating with a Eureka! moment from this morning on the WIP I’ll be focusing on in November. That should help my PerNoReMo immensely. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Clowie! I ended up updating this post after having a “brick wall break down” moment during my work out. 🙂 It really helped boost my self-confidence again, which was sorely missing. And that might just get Meghan going again, too….

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    • Thanks, Char! Fall is in full swing now, and the colors are just beautiful. It’s almost hard not to take a good photo. 🙂 I’m looking forward to an evening spent with a WIP tonight, and I can’t remember the last time that happened. Now to ride the momentum as long as I can!

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  1. Glad you had a lightbulb moment on your stepper. Sometimes when our feet are moving, that extra oxygen to our brain yields good stuff. 🙂

    Congrats on the three years mark! I love your new header. I didn’t see it last week because I read your post from my phone. Looks great! (Your photoshop skills are light years ahead of mine…)

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    • According to my phone, there were twelve such moments during the workout. 😉 Luckily I could talk and step at the same time! It’s amazing what that has done for the self-confidence level. I’ll be setting down with the hard copy and a pen this evening to start marking up what’s needed where. Starting PerNoReMo early is an unexpected treat. 🙂

      Yeah, phones are terrible for reading blogs. My header shows up on mine, but it’s nowhere near as noticeable as on a full-sized screen. Years of practice from the day job help with the graphics, but getting that background gradient in the right spot was tough! I had hoped that playing with things like that would help jump start the Muse, and just maybe, it worked.

      Today is a good day. 🙂

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  2. Three years is an impressive milestone for a blog. Congratulations. I’m glad your Eureka moment came when you had a way to record your thoughts. Mine usually arrive while I’m in the shower. The fall color photos are lovely, as is your new header. Well done! I look forward to reading your blog (and your novels and stories) for years to come.

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    • The shower is tough. The Muses have a twisted sense of humor at times, don’t they? 😉 I’ve heard someone invented a board and pen that won’t run for those sassy ideas, but I haven’t tried one yet. I haven’t used the voice recorder on the phone before, so I’m glad I thought of it when the first breakthrough hit. Hopping up one flight of stairs was a lot easier than three, which is where I would have found my closest writing notebook. 😛

      The breakthrough really helped with the writing outlook. I’m actually looking forward to working on the PerNoReMo WIP tonight. 🙂

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  3. Congrats, honey! Love your blog. Three years is coming for me next June. I’m sure I’ll be limping over the finish line too. Lucky us…we have such a great blogging community to help cheer us on to cross that dang line. 🙂

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    • I think blogging’s a lot like running a marathon. (Okay, official disclaimer. I’ve never actually run a marathon. I don’t even run, truth be told. 😉 ) But I hear runners talk about finding that second wind just when they think they can’t take another step. And I think the same happens with blogging. It’s hard to come up with interesting/funny/thought-provoking posts on a regular schedule. At times, I’ve considered quitting, or at least taking a long break until I can build up the ideas again. But just when I think “this is it,” I get more ideas. Now, if I can just keep that going with the WIPs, too. 🙂

      I love our blogging community! The support and camaraderie is amazing. I honestly wouldn’t have been able to do what I have without it. 🙂

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  4. J, Congrats! You’ve always been one of my favorite spots to visit and it’s nice when I see you pop up in my email. Can’t wait to see what you have in mind for your characters. Now that things are beginning to settle down for me, perhaps I can get myself back into my world of blogging. It’s nice, especially when there are so many great people out there, like you, that make the community a lovely place to be. Yay!!! Three years for you!!

    P.S. (your new look is uber cool). 🙂

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    • Brigitte! Yay! I am so happy to see you here! You do know how much you’ve been missed in our corner of Blogland, don’t you? 🙂

      I’m glad to hear things are finally settling down for you; you’ve had far too much on your plate for too long. I’m also being a bit selfish, though, because I really miss your posts. You have always been one of my favorite bloggers, too, and I hope we’ll be able to share visits again soon. That would be a great way to spend the next three years, too. 🙂

      Cool? Me? Wow, that’s a first! 😀

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    • Thanks, Andrea! It has felt so good today to be thinking about the story and making real progress with it. As a fellow writer, I know you can understand what a good feeling that is. 🙂 I just hope the inspiration carries through the next month! (And beyond, but I don’t want to reach too far too soon.)

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  5. Cheers and applause for the anniversary!
    And out of the blue-ish comes a story’s path. All that wandering around by foot and thought is paying off. Stuff just had to simmer a bit – and fall is the perfect time for a nourishing soup. Yea You!
    (and ditto – the pix are wonderful)

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    • Thanks, Mouse! It’s been ages since I had one of those Eureka! moments, and I’d forgotten how good they feel. 🙂 When I started writing, my morning workouts were always good times to get ideas, so I’m hoping there might be more to come. This morning I realized how I need to strengthen one character as the story progresses and make another more suspicious of events in the first part of the book. Now I just need to translate that to words and scenes.

      Rainy, cool weather now, so I’m glad I got some good photos in the light. The post even mentioned the possibility of the “s word” for later this week. Yikes!

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  6. Three years! Way to go JM. I think I’m somewhere near there… Need to check. I lose track easily. 😉 Congrats on the EUREKA moment too. Man, do those feel good or what?! I’m looking forward to my next one.

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    • Hmm, now what could possibly be causing you to lose track of things? 😉 I hope you have that next EUREKA moment soon—they do feel so good! And they make it a heck of a lot easier to write the story, too. You’ll just have to explain to Angus why you’re tied to the computer when it happens. 🙂

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  7. JM, three years is such a big deal. Congrats!! The marathon analogy is a good one and I’ve never been good at running so that may explain my lapse but I think its great that the ideas keep coming for you. I’ve said it before, yours is one of the blogs I enjoy most, so I’m glad they do. And you got me super excited when you mentioned a possible Meghan story!! Would love to read more from her 🙂

    Don’t you just love when the answer to your story is revealed to you? That is an awesome feeling and I’m so glad you were able to capture your thoughts!! Have fun writing it 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more.

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    • Thanks, Arlene. 🙂 My writing had hit such a standstill that I had stopped keeping a notebook and pen near me for jotting down those ideas. So I was really unprepared for this. Luckily, I remembered my phone was just up one flight of stairs and not three, which is where those notebooks were! 🙂 That voice recorder app really came in handy. I should probably use it for other reminders and such since speaking is so much quicker than writing when it comes to notes.

      I still have a lot of scenes to figure out, and plenty of the existing ones will need work. But I want to hold off on revising the existing ones until I get that draft hashed out. Then I’ll have a better idea of how the revisions should go. But sometimes it’s hard to hold off on edits…. 🙂

      I hope your making headway with your stories and that we’ll see you posting again, too. We miss you!

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  8. What a staggering statistic you include above – that most bloggers don’t make it a month. So entering year 4 is a real accolade, congratulations! Your new banner looks great, I hope it does inspire your blogging muse. And all the best as you enter your PerNoReMo (love that). That breakthrough on the stepper will surely give you a boost. It’s awesome when that happens, isn’t it? Three cheers for working out!

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    • I couldn’t believe it when I read an article about blogging stats, either. Not even one month? Wow. But apparently the number of bloggers who make it to the first anniversary is really low. So we should take some pride in sticking with it through the highs and lows. 🙂

      Those morning workouts really help me face the day with a fresher attitude; I can really tell the difference on the days where I can’t do them. I have missed the writing inspiration that I used to get from them, so I’m really hoping this was a sign that the creative mind is working again, too. We’ll see what PerNoReMo brings. 😉

      Sometimes that fresh look and a little housecleaning go a long way to refreshing our minds and Muses. Fingers crossed that mine continue to work with me!

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  9. Well done, goodo! (as we say in England, but you must know that now 😉 ) I’m pleased I’ve managed to keep my blog going so long too, well both my blogs! I often don’t have a very long attention span, so I did wonder if I would lose interest in it quickly, but apart from occasional short bursts of lack of interest, I’m still right there with it – like you! Glad to hear about your breakthrough moment, those are good, look forward to hearing how it all develops. I do love that photo with the lamp post and tree, such lovely colours.

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    • Thanks, Vanessa! There’s no predicting how long I’ll ride this wave of inspiration, but I hope it’s for a long, long, time. And I hope you’ll continue with your blogs, too, because I and others would miss you terribly if you stopped! So please don’t. 🙂

      I have no idea what kind of tree that is, but it’s the one in front of our current rental home. You can’t really see them in the photo, but it also has red berries of some kind. We’ve moved into a chillier part of fall, so I suspect those leaves won’t last for long. 😦 I’ve even read that we could see some flakes of the white stuff later in the week. Yikes!

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    • Thanks, Jennifer! Now what is it about showers sparking our creativity? I’m sure there have been studies done about that, but I never seem to have the time or inclination to look them up. There simply has to be a reason for it!

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  10. Congratulations on three years, JM, and also on your eureka moment. I love when I have one of those. My three-year is coming up on Christmas. So glad we connected. Keep up the good work.

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    • Thanks, Lori. 🙂 I have to celebrate these moments that have been too few and far between these last two years or so. I’m glad we’ve gotten to know each other, too. The support and encouragement we see in our blogging circle is really something to treasure.

      I hope we’ll both have the chance to read each other’s published works before too long. 🙂

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    • We’re lucky to live in an area where there are lots of colorful trees, which probably isn’t what most people think of when they think of the DC metro area…. 😉 Now, to build on that moment if I can!

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  11. Limping or sprinting, you still crossed the finish line, and that’s a triumph. Congratulations! It’s also at least a partial record of three years of your life, JM, and that’s an accomplishment you’ll savor and appreciate in the future.

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    • There have been times I’ve wondered if I should delete some posts that seem too discouraged, but I decided against it. Those are all honest accounts of my feelings at the time, and since this blog is still (in part) a record of my writing journey, they should stay.

      I really would like this next year to be one of real progress, though, after two years of feeling as if I’ve only been spinning my wheels! 🙂

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  12. Congrats, JM! I have enjoyed your ‘real’ posts about things you struggle with and things you notice around you. As for the writing…I’m glad you had a eureka moment recently! PS I do like the new look also!

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    • Thanks, Denise! The writing journey isn’t as far along as I thought three years ago, but somehow, I can’t say, “I quit.” And there have been other interests that have gone by the wayside when “the going got tough.” So this is uncharted territory for me in many ways.

      I’m very glad we found each other’s blogs. Yours is such an inspiration!

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