Determination is the key!

WordPress AnniversaryYesterday marked the second anniversary of the start of my blog and it passed without ceremony or celebration – with the exception of an anniversary notice from WordPress, that is. Not that I expected anything different. When I decided to write a blog it was intended as a way of disciplining my writing, forcing me to put something out there regularly that others might want to read. It would have been nice to set the world on fire with a post that went viral but as we all know, these are very few and far between.

As I enter my third year, I have no regrets. After the first initial flurry of excitement at its launch, the visitors fell away and for many weeks after it resembled the opening night at a Des O’Connor concert: I was the only one there. That said, over the past couple of years these figures have increased steadily and although my daily totals might be a fifteen minute average for other bloggers, I am grateful to anyone who takes the time to stop by and peruse my musings.

Today is the start of an Introduction to Journalism course with Future Learn that I signed up for some months ago. It lasts for six weeks and is free to join. Alongside this, I am about to complete my Proofreading and Copy Editing Course with the Writers Bureau having only one module and assignment to finish. Of course, that’s when the hard work starts!

Unfortunately, all this combined with the general nuances of living means I have spent little time on any other writing endeavours, and without a single success in the womag short story market I have decided it is time to concentrate on other areas which may prove more fruitful. That’s not to say I won’t return at a later date and have another stab at this elusive prize.

In the meantime, I am reminded of the trials and tribulations of that iconic movie great with his inspirational words of determination in his quest to make it as a world-class boxer. (Cue music) …

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Careful, or you'll end up in my novelAnd if all else fails, you can always resort to these words of caution as illustrated on this placard presented to me yesterday by my sister and her husband to hang in my office. Until next time!


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