As Still Chasing Fireflies’ birthday celebration draws to a close, it’s time to look forward and make some plans for the coming year. Here are a few goals that I would love to achieve before Still Chasing Fireflies turns two, but I need your help! (Be sure to read #4. It’s my favorite!)
- First and foremost, I want this blog to stay true to who I am and what matters to me. If you see Still Chasing Fireflies straying from its purpose of sharing the emotional ups and downs of being human, please, set me straight!
- Still Chasing Fireflies has enjoyed some exciting exposure this year, so I plan to look for more opportunities for publication in the coming months. If you enjoy the blog, please share it with your friends! You are welcome to send them a link and an invitation! All of the blogs that I read were introduced to me by my closest friends.
- Now that Still Chasing Fireflies has a strong foundation, I want to build a sense of community! I invite you to leave comments on the blog or on Facebook. I’m going to experiment with posting more about the blog on the Still Chasing Fireflies Facebook page and less on my personal page to move the conversation to one place. If you haven’t liked or followed the Still Chasing Fireflies page, please join us there.
- AND HERE IS THE IDEA THAT EXCITES ME THE MOST! I love to share a good story with all of you, but there are SO MANY stories that I can’t tell because I have not experienced those stories myself. I don’t know what it is like to live through divorce or receive a cancer diagnosis or lose a parent. I don’t know what it is like to adopt a child or watch a daughter get married or live on a farm. I don’t know what it is like to be a minority in a place with little diversity or to raise a half dozen kids or to save someone’s life. BUT SOME OF YOU DO! Maybe you don’t want to manage a blog of your own, but maybe you have a story to tell. Maybe I can help you tell it or help you share it on my blog. Please reach out to me! I would love to host a “What It Feels Like” series with guest posts from people who have stories to share. If writing isn’t your thing, I can help!
What will the coming year bring for Still Chasing Fireflies and for me as a writer? I. HAVE. NO. IDEA. But it’s time to stop partying and get back to work! Thanks for celebrating the first year of the blog with me this week, and please consider sharing your own story here (or even somewhere else) in the coming year! Your story could change someone else’s life.
This year has taught me just how much our stories matter.