500 is a nice, round number. The meaning of 500 today is that this post—this one right here—is number 500.
By my unofficial count, over three hundred of these 500 posts were made this year. If you recall my post about looking back from last week, I wrote nothing at all for a six-week period about a year ago. So I couldn’t imagine that there would be 500 posts here when I wouldn’t write.
Almost two years ago, I started this blog with these words:
The Process Begins
What is “A Joyful Process”?
To me, a joyful process is when I learn something. When I read something that is interesting, fascinating or just plain enjoyable. When I am able to take what I see, hear, feel, think or read and turn it into something that interests someone else. For the purpose of this blog, writing is the joyful process.
This is the post where the process begins. I’ve been blogging off and on for several years, and here is yet another attempt to start, maintain, and keep a blog active. I want to engage people the same way I am engaged when I read, watch or hear something that makes me want to write about it.
Of course, there has to be theme music. Theme music? Yes, theme music.
What you will see on this blog are posts about sports, music, television, web articles and the like and my reaction to and opinion about those particular items. There may also be, from time to time, some personal stories, dependent upon whether or not I feel they are fit to publish publicly. Feel free to join in the conversation. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are mine, and mine alone. I don’t mind reasonable debate, but I’m not here to change anyone’s mind either.
Welcome to A Joyful Process.
The fear wasn’t as great when I pushed the Publish button the first time on this blog, as I had done it on two previous ones. But while fear was absent, the sense of an adventure had begun. While it seemed like I knew what I was going to do when I started, and I’ve mostly stayed on that course, this has turned into something else completely. It has become my personal DJ booth, my House of Music, and in some ways my therapy and my comfort zone. It has also built up some confidence.
For years, I had been told by others that I wrote well, but I didn’t believe them, or wouldn’t accept that I could do it. 500 posts is a signature milestone; it represents dedication to writing that even I didn’t know I had. It also has become fun to see what I can come up with on an almost-daily basis. Looking over these posts, I like what I’ve written, but I also want to keep getting better, keep practicing writing and hopefully expand and build upon what I’ve done. I never believed I could write poems until I was encouraged to try. I didn’t think I could fashion a blog that would have a steady readership until I kept at it and engaged with other wonderful bloggers at WordPress. I didn’t think that writing a book was possible until so many others on and offline told me that I could. I don’t have an idea of what a book might look like at present, but at least I don’t rule the idea out anymore.
Here’s to 500 posts, and here’s to hopefully 500 more. Thank you all for reading, listening, engaging, and encouraging.