I've been blogging for some time now and - since I have writer's block the size of Mount Rushmore - I thought I'd share some insights about the experience so far:
• I've noticed a rise in the quality of my story-telling from when I first started. Unfortunately, the grammatical and punctuation errors remain. Note to self: take breaks, let your wife be your editor, and stop using so many damn commas! They breed like rabbits!
• I find it interesting to see which W2J stories or blog posts are the most popular. I often say aloud "Why did people like that story?" Was it because I included a video? Was my story-telling better in one story or another? Was it the topic choice? Perhaps I should entice you with a free box of steaks if you read the posts I LIKE the most...Hmmm? One day I'm going to write a ludicrous title like "How Cystic Fibrosis Treatments and Watching Chimpanzees on YouTube Increases The Dexterity of Your Toes" and then in the body write "GOTCHA!!!" Just to see how many people I fool.
As a matter of fact....
• I find myself checking my Blogger account for comments quite often the first few days after I write a new post and I'll admit I get a little bummed when I don't have any. It's not like I cower in the corner, sobbing and screaming "PLEASE VALIDATE MY HUMOROUS OR HEARTBREAKING ANECDOTES!", but your comments do give me the warm fuzzies. I appreciate them and I thank you for taking the time to write them.
• I wonder if people click on the links I add to my stories? Sometimes I click on those links just to make sure it's headed to the right place. The last thing I'd want you to do is end up at "Wally's Freaky Kangaroo Observatory" website instead of "CFWally's" blog post about CF. I know from experience. Not about the kangaroos, but about the random links...nevermind.
• When I write a blog post/ story, sometimes I try too hard to be funny and totally miss the mark. Other times, people laugh at parts that I never intend to be funny. You are all a bunch of weirdos. Just kidding...you are all very nice weirdos.
• I recently confirmed a suspicion: Some of my closest friends and family rarely read my blog.
• I worry too much about offending people when I write my stories. If people don't like what I write, then they should stop reading it. I'm not going to start writing malicious and slanderous things, but if I find something amusing I'm going to post it from now on.
• If you like something someone else writes, link to their blog and give them some credit rather than reposting what they said on your site. They should extend the same courtesy to you. That way you''ll share readers which is a great and fair thing. At the very least, you should ask permission to post someone else's work.
• I'm having writer's block right now, which usually means I'm preoccupied with other issues. When I have writer's block, I get a little nervous. I need suggestions for stories. Please comment on this post if you have any ideas.
• I have 4 main goals for this blog:
1. To write my story in my own words and publish a book about my life with "unpublished stories". Ooooooooooh. Aaaaaaaah.
2. To make people happy. That's more of a life goal.
3. To promote CF Awareness. When I started blogging this was not a goal of mine. W2J just kinda grew into a "CF blog". I had no idea about the power of the CF blogging world, but I've happily added this goal to the list. Thank you for reading my stuff, CF Community.
4. To continue to book speaking gigs that help people struggling to find their place in the world. I've done a handful of these gigs and I've heard nothing but positive reviews. I hope they are telling the truth because my hope is that if one person hears my story - the story of an average guy who does the best he can with what he's given every single day - and believes in themselves and their future because of it, then I will leave this earth a happy man.
Thanks for everything, Joshland Readers. I'll keep writing as long as I can. I hope you'll keep coming back.
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Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help