Dear Web Writer,
I’m trying, but I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a seamless transition.
- My parents tell me I cried at my preschool graduation.
- I nearly slept through my high school graduation (it was boarding school, too, so I can’t even blame my parents for not waking me up).
- When I said goodbye to college, the fancy procession was followed by frenzied, last-minute packing and an unfortunate dent in the marble slab of my dorm (moving trucks are hard to back up!).
- I left one past job in tears, one in triumph, and the last with a chip on my shoulder.
And now here I am, about to leave the Reality Blog … and sicker than a preschooler who sucked on the thumbs of every toddler in her class.
The Reality Blog has nothing to do with my being sick, but it does make it a lot harder to say goodbye. I feel beaten down and completely incapable of forging out on a new path. At the moment, all my grandiose plans for new writing ventures sound … well … kind of dumb. (Not to mention, impossible!)
Now That I’ve Bummed You Out …
At this rate, you’ll probably be glad to say goodbye to me and my sniveling.
But I’ve got to make one last, golden point …
Everything, right now, as it is, is perfect.
I think most of us — me included, of course — want our transitions to be grand. Elegant, even.
We want to move from one life stage to the next with grace. And it doesn’t hurt to have people nodding and clapping as you move along.
But that’s so not the reality, is it? When I started this blog, I was confused and scared to death. Heck, when I set out to be a writer, every single day for a month was colored by confusion. (Did I say month? I should probably say year.)
Didn’t you go through the same thing? Are you going through that now?
Because the way I see it, it’s not only normal … it’s also a priceless opportunity to test your own mettle. If you ever face a self-imposed challenge where you start off shrinking in fear and end up successful, I think it shows exactly what you’re made of — tenacity.
Because in the end, your own, inner drive … your stubborn-factor … your “stick-to-it-ness” … that’s what’ll get you through. There’s no merit in figuring it all out beforehand. But there’s a lot to be said for walking boldly forward, even when you’re not sure where the path will take you.
Welcome the New Crop of Reality Bloggers
That’s why I want to give a hearty welcome to the new team of Reality Bloggers. They’ve stepped up and offered to share their journeys with you, as they move forward in their own admirable writing goals.
I’ve met and worked with every single one of them, and I warmly welcome them and wish them luck in this tell-all-and-learn-more world of exposure.
You’ll get to know them plenty well over the next few weeks, but here’s a quick intro:
Marianne Foscarini: Diligent, detailed, and dedicated to her mission is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Marianne. She’s been writing an informal Reality Blog over in the Member’s Forum for years (see the Write Your Own Reality Blog thread). She continues to move forward gracefully, all the while blossoming in her writing career. You can look forward to her lessons in focus (something we could all use a little more of, huh?), as she journeys forward in copywriting for the Christian niche.
Jim Wright: Attentive, actionable, and really just lovely to deal with. I think his approach is about the best anyone can have: “To be myself.” But I love that he plans to translate that into action … and can’t wait to see how he does it. Jim comes from a unique background — that of musician — which makes his public transition all the more valuable, given how many of you come from non-writing backgrounds.
Christina Gillick: Fun, eager, and ready for change. Though many of you know Christina through the articles she writes for AWAI and Wealthy Web Writer, I think you’ll be charmed by this new, open-book view of where she is and where she’s going. For anyone looking to live large as a writer while still relaxing through life, you’ll benefit from her story.
So with that, I say, “Adieu.” I’m not exactly leaving gracefully (as I reach for my 42nd tissue of the day). I can’t even say I’m going out confidently. But I am satisfied and happy, honored to have been part of your writing lives for so long, and to have learned so much from you along the way.
Your Reality Blogger & Wealthy Web Writer Platinum Member