Happy Birthday to Muddle
On March 27th 2018 I published my first post on this blog.
In that first post I talked about why I was starting this blog and what it was going to be about. The goal was summarised as follows:
The goal is to learn more about where we came from, how we got to where we are, where we are going and how we can make the most of the journey.
I think over the course of the last year I've found my voice on this blog and settled into a decent cadence. Two posts per week, generally mid-sized blog posts that look at mundane things from day to day life and try to extract some life lessons.
There was a point last summer where I wasn't really posting, but once I got through that dry patch I managed to stay consistent.
This has been my third attempt at a blog and by far the most effort I have put into one. I generally spend around ten hours a week writing and many more hours thinking about random shit to write about.
As with most creative endeavours I've found that the more I just show up and do it, the easier it is to be creative. That's not to say the content is good.... It's just gotten easier to produce it.
So would I say I have achieved the goals I set out to achieve? I would say yes. I’m here and still posting after a year, a milestone most blogs don’t hit. I have also consistently posted for the last six or so months and have enjoyed the process. That, for me, makes it a success.
Another goal I had was to improve my writing. I'm not sure my writing has gotten any better, but I definitely managed to get to the standard I've set for this blog a lot faster with each post. In the past a post that took four days to write only takes one now, so I'll take that as a win.
I also know for fact I have made at least one person laugh - so what more can you ask for?
The next question that comes naturally is whether or not the blog itself is a success. The answer to that is categorically no. No one reads this stuff and I am terrible at promoting it. Most of my friends and family don't even know I do this. But that doesn't really matter, I'll probably keep plugging away at it anyway.
Stuck in the Muddle has reached one year and I thought that a milestone worth reflecting on. Let's see if I make it to 2020!