It's also Independence Day. Which, I guess, makes it an exceptionally momentous day.
Not to diminish the import of the National Holiday (and, by the way, I wish all of you, my loyal readers, a very happy and patriotic 4th of July), but here, in this world, this day is far more notable in that it's the Birthday of MyndFood. That's right: one year ago today I embarked hesitantly on this quest, with great anticipation and no small amount of trepidation. I can still remember the anxious dread I felt on writing that first post.
Days like these are, for me, opportunities to reflect, to examine the progress that I've made in this quest over the past 12 months. And, as is typical, I find that in looking back, I have been foolish and perhaps somewhat arrogant. The steps I've taken, which at their taking seemed so great, and for which, in their taking, I extended a self-congratulatory hand to pat myself on the back, in retrospect, seem almost inconsequential. The great leaps that I THOUGHT I'd made, looking back, were no more than mere baby steps.
Not that I haven't gained some ground, made some progress. I have written, reasonably consistently, for a year--a feat of which I'm immensely proud. I have grown more confident in my writing ability, and have begun to feel secure in my ability to tell a story. I have developed a consistent, and respectable, readership. And I have created a veritable smorgasbord of mental nourishment for you, dear readers, to feast on.
But, then, I look back and see that I've not progressed as far as I should have in writing ability. And I have written consistently, but I still shy away from telling a story. And my readership is consistent and respectable, but not great; I've languished at this number of consistent readers for months.
So, It's Happy Birthday to MyndFood; it's been a good year--not great. But it's an incredible foundation; something to build on over the coming year.
My goals for MyndFood in Year Two:
- Increase daily readership twofold. I'd really like to be averaging 100 hits daily by the next birthday. I imagine it'll take some advertising; if there's anyone out there with experience in mass email marketing, or who has any other ideas, drop me an email.
- Post a series of "chapters" for a fictional story, over a number of weeks. It's something that I've flirted with before, but never delivered on (given my fear of storytelling).
- Publish something. OK; that's not really a MyndFood goal, but it's a personal writing goal, which is really what MyndFood is all about, so I've included it.