words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

It Has Been A Year Of Blogging – Some Thoughts I Wish To Share

2011 the year of blogging….

At the keyboard ... creativity, art, and prose

A beautiful journey…

It has been a very productive year. I started blogging a year ago in December of 2010. When I began this journey, I was not sure what I was getting into or what I could accomplish. I knew that it was my goal to reach out to others; to connect and express ideas; to work hard with integrity; and to love the process. I am thankful for the diversity of the internet and blogging in particular for providing this opportunity. Blogging is a challenge, yet quite rewarding. I am amazed at how the creative mindset, through blogging, can develop and extract the promise of intimate expression.

In the past year I have created 190 posts and over 100 new works of art. To my pleasure, I have had a modest amount of followers and subscribers, with over 7000 views. There were many who believed that what I had to say was pertinent, entertaining or of some value…

And for that I am surely grateful

I appreciate all those who have taken the time out of their own busy blogging schedule to visit and comment.

Over the past year, I’ve come to meet some fascinating and creative writers, poets, artists, and individuals. I read. I listened. I absorbed; ideas that surprised me; thoughts that guided me; images that propelled me; and creativity that led to my own immersion. And in the end, the journey has been very satisfying for me … mentally, spiritually, and personally.

How has the past year been for you in respect to your blogging experience? Has it been fulfilling, or did other obligations dampen your output? Were you able to express the ideas, dreams, and hopes that captured your imagination? Did you discover you had an important voice and much to share?  And as we approach 2012, what do you want to achieve in the upcoming year?

Do share.

And again, thank you for all your support.

Have a great holiday and New Year.

Peace and Light

Walter

24 responses

  1. Great post my friend!!! It’s just the way i feel about it. It’s amazing how much we can accomplish in here. Like chickens eating bit by bit. When you see it all it becomes a great thing! The relations and the ideas and the exchange. It’s rewarding. You are a great artist and you produced a lot this year. Even better because all those people had the chance to read it and exchange ideas!!! Cheers my friend!!!

    December 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    • Thanks Giulas, I really appreciate it. I hope in the new year to develop more video art for posting. I just bought a HD camera, and I am updating to a professional video editing suite. Also, I will be launching my online store for selling my art in January 2012.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  2. Terrific post! It has been an amazing year for me too and I have made many new friends; vocal and silent. I am grateful for the journey even as I feel the wear and tear of the challenge… I look forward to wrapping it up and returning to a more manageable schedule.
    TY for your patience; I have been adjusting to a new schedule … Glad to be back commenting again. Happy Holidays!

    December 19, 2011 at 2:42 am

    • My world in the blogger-sphere would not be as fullfilling nor the same, if your wonderful posts and comments did not exist. Please take care of yourself, your scheduling, and keep the beautiful flow going. We all appreciate you here.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  3. I love blogging and am inspired by those I meet who share my passion for art – both written and visual.

    December 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    • I love blogging as well Shiela. This has been an incredible experience this past year. I am looking forward to seeing what you have to offer in the year to come.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  4. Nandini

    Great and inspiring post, Walter. Thanks for sharing and I’m always happy to know and feel your art world through your pictures and writings and then to leave a comment. 🙂

    December 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    • Thanks Nandini, I too have enjoyed visiting your blog and finding all the wonderful art and prose you have composed. Keep up the good work.

      December 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  5. Congrats on the milestone Walter! 🙂

    December 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  6. Thank you Eden, for the kind words. Your blog as well as others has made this a remarkable year of discovery indeed.

    Peace….

    December 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

  7. I am not quite as focused as the rest of you guys with blogging. I don’t have a particular point of view or subject to discuss. I am kind of all over the place. But that’s me. Just taking in the sights as I make the journey.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:09 am

    • You are focused enough to give us a glimpse into your world. Thanks.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:46 am

  8. Well done. It takes a certain amount of determination to blog regularly, I think, and achieving that is something in itself. When you find others who will come along for the ride with you then the satisfaction is gratifying. Good stuff on here, Walter. Keep it up. Looking forward to being along for the ride in a productive 2012.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

    • Thanks brother. I was just over at your blog, and I was laughing a little when I thought of how much Messi dips his shoulder before scoring a beautiful goal. 🙂

      December 23, 2011 at 5:45 am

  9. Happy Holidays!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    • Happy holidays and a fantastic new year to come.

      December 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

  10. Hi Walt!

    Happy Holidays and you’re right on all points… this is a journey. I’m hoping it is therapeutic on a social and professional level for me. See you in 2012!

    Al

    December 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    • Al your work inspires me. I hope that the New Year brings all the success you desire and deserve.

      December 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

  11. Blogging this year has been an amazing journey, connecting with like-minded people and being uplifted by their responses. I always appreciate your comments Walter and wish you a very Happy New Year. As for next year, I look forward to the expansion and growth we will all experience. Namaste

    December 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    • Thanks Georganna. I cannot say enough to convey how much your writing has inspired me. Happy New Year. Namaste.

      December 31, 2011 at 5:57 am

  12. Thank You Walter, you are an amazing person, talent and friend. So glad to have crossed your path. Keep making great art and reaching out, it’s the only thing that counts.

    Deb

    December 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • You are correct on all points. Great to know you. Great to share art. Great to be a part of your wonderful work. Now I will have to watch Whitney 😉
      NAMASTE

      December 31, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  13. oh the experience has been same although you wrote it better:-)
    blogosphere is full of inspiration and lovely warm people and i have been blessed with their work and words..

    January 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    • Ditto to that Soma. And now we can share the new discoveries of 2012 with one another.
      Peace and Light

      January 7, 2012 at 7:09 pm

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