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Friday, September 7, 2012

Proud Tortoise


Once upon a time, a tortoise—oops, I mean, a writer, started a blog called Middle Passages.  She didn’t know much about following or commenting, so while all the hares—I mean other bloggers, skipped by her in readership, she practiced her craft in hope that someday the quality of work would cause readers to notice. 

She composed essays she dredged from her heart, and each time she pressed “publish,” fulfillment surged through her, and the ensuing improvement in the practice she loved, developed her confidence.  One morning, she pulled her head out of her dark, musty shell, risked commenting on other blogs, and experienced a wave of joy as one by one, folks started reading and following hers.

Still, as tortoises—I mean, cautious writers, are wont to do; she took her time, declining to hold contests to dredge up readers, instead hopeful that each measured word would act as a testament unto itself.  By the third year, perseverance led to writing related employment, as well as publication of freelance articles for a local lifestyle magazine, blog contributions to a food related website, membership in a local writing group, the honor of reading and critiquing other writers' works, the dedicated (albeit slow) editing of her second (unpublished) novel, and best of all, the support and caring from a dedicated group of followers.

And then one day, she opened Middle Passages and found this.


Yes, it took three years to reach three hundred followers, and for this tortoise— oops, I mean steady writer, the finish remains ahead.  But still, she's proud.  Yet, no milestone stands alone.  Here's to each and every one of her Middle Passages readers for keeping her on the path to a happily ever-after-ending.  

Thank you everyone! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

14 comments:

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Many congratulations on blogging for three years - and 300 followers aint half bad!! I wish I had that many... Slow and steady does it, said the tortoise to the hare!!! I shall follow you with interest!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Liza!
It's not the followers, it's the connections that really matter. Be a proud tortoise.

Old Kitty said...

301 now!!!! Yay!!! Tortoises take their time and outlast most everyone else! :-) Take care
x

Jennifer Shirk said...

And it's still growing!! :-)

glnroz said...

"noticed"? 300 is just a drop in the bucket, I would reckon...lol Big Ole Congrats to you Ms. Liza,,,Glenn

Rose Munevar said...

And it's still climbing! Happily following the crowd now :)

mshatch said...

Congrats to making it to the big 300! I've still got a little ways to go but I'm getting closer and interestingly, I've been blogging 3 years as well!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love your story of your journey. Congrats on 300 and I'm glad to be one of them.

Anne Gallagher said...

The more the merrier! You should be exceedingly proud of all you've done here (and in the real world). God knows how proud (and thankful) I am of you.

Catherine A. Winn said...

Congratulations! I love your blog and enjoy coming over to visit. You've also come a long way in our profession in three years, imagine what the next three years will bring :)

Livia said...

Congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself. Followers may be hard to get but making friends in the Blogosphere is what really matters. :)

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Oh, so wonderful! I love the way you went about this and totally respect doing it your way. I too hope that my writing and stories of my life reach people and mean something. That is all any of us can hope for. Blogging is whatever we make it and your blog is a lovely, calming and respectful place to visit- always.

J. B. Chicoine said...

300 (that is, 302) is pretty phenomenal! But really, it's no wonder. Getting out and about and visiting others' blogs makes a difference, in addition to the quality of your posts. I'm all for slow and steady. Congratulations, Liza! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats! That's a huge accomplishment. And there's nothing wrong with being steady.