No Writing Errors Found

There are two automated reminders I love to see when I’m working on my blog.  One sometimes pops up after I’ve run my content through the WordPress spell check; it says “No Writing Errors Found.”

The other is a little encouraging quote WordPress provides after I’ve posted my blog.  Each day it’s different, but my favorite one is:

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
Stephen King

Today is a big day.  It’s the one year anniversary of my commitment to blogging.  For the last 12 months, I’ve shipped blog content out into the ether world, six days a week.

I’ve written about gardens, dreams, baseball, compost, football, shoes, Crock-pots, garbage, bird BLEEP, and kale.  I’ve written about my father, my mother, my brother, my co-workers, my friends from high school and college, Aunt Faye, and Uncle Bob.  I’ve covered high school reunions, the Moxie Festival, decorator show houses, and train travel.

It’s been scary and sometimes tiring; when most people are watching Tee Vee or sleeping, I’m hammering away at my little Toshiba netbook.

Stephen King was right, though; the scariest moment was just before I started.  I let fear keep me from doing something I loved (writing) and this fear of failing (whatever that meant) kept all these words, sentences, and stories idling around in my head.

Fear is a liar.

I owe thanks to many people for their encouragement.  My nephew, Mark Baumer, promised to read everything I wrote and this was enough to get me started.  My brother, Jim Baumer, reads everything I write and sends me encouraging e-mails daily; this is enough to keep me going.  My notorious commenter, Loosehead Prop, reads my blog every day too and keeps me running, trying to stay a few steps ahead of his insightful comments.

I didn’t realize how many friends I had until I started writing this blog.  They exist through time and space, and even if I don’t see them as often as I’d like, I’m thankful for them.  They are all real people (like Shelley and T Bone) and I wish they were here to have a piece of cake with me.

I’m going to bring the cake to The Big Corporation today and hope a few of my blog readers are working.  There’s Andy, Bernard Saint, Cherie Ripperton, Jennifer, Lee Annie Leonie, SK, Slim, and Tildee Murdoch.  If they’re not in the office, it’s just another opportunity to promote the blog and make some new friends.

If my friend Jaxon were here, he’d give me that sideways, knowing look we’ve always called “The Look.”  On the i-phone that doesn’t own us it’s just “Hmm…TL.”

There is never going to be a perfect time to start anything.  You might as well start now.  I didn’t have the perfect time to start writing, but since I couldn’t figure out when that time would come, I just took a tiny, scary step.    Today, I’m wiping a little tear from the corner of my eye.

Don’t wait too long to attempt the things you’re always talking about doing. 

(Delicious and beautiful birthday cake courtesy of Sweet Dreams Bakery, 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, New Hampshire.)

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15 Responses to No Writing Errors Found

  1. Cherie Ripperton says:

    Happy Anniversary JAB!!! Thank you for sharing your stories and words with us. What a fantastic accomplishment! Cheers to another successful year!!

  2. Jill Ott says:

    Congratulations! I’m enjoying the insights. It’s a wonderful way to start the day!

  3. gwynsmum says:

    Congratulations on your first 12 months and here’s to many, many more insightful, poigant and funny posts!

    “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
    ― Philip Pullman

    Thank you for sharing your stories with us! Wish I was there for cake!!! (SK)

  4. jbomb62 says:

    Happy blogging birthday, my sista’! Wow! One year. Nice work.

    Fear always tells us that we can’t do something and often, the best way to tell fear to “stfu!” is to just do it.

    Looking forward to the next year of shipping, as well as insightful and entertaining content.

  5. Loosehead Prop says:

    Happy birthday, indeed.

  6. Stitch Sista says:

    Happy Birthday! from your Stitch sista

    • Hey! Thank you for stopping by the blog, my Stitch Sista! Sometimes when I am sitting in my cubicle, I think back to the days when we were stitching “Pintas” at Supreme Slipper. I can see a lot of the people along the line and the machinists who would fix our machines. The worst part of the day was getting a case of “cripples” to fix. It wasn’t so bad, though. I’m glad we’re still friends and I’m looking forward to helping you with more of your GARDEN PROJECTS! YAY! XO!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday http://www.julieannbaumer.com! I am honored to have been able to partake in the scrumptious cake you so generously shared, and looking forward to many more years of reading!

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your loving comments! To Carol A. from home, I am sorry to say I accidentally deleted your comment as I have done from time to time when I haven’t had my coffee quota before blogging. Thank you for visiting and comment again; your thoughts are welcome here!

  9. Slim says:

    Your blog always makes me smile. Its like you are reading me a story.
    Now if we can just make your blog famous you can make the ‘cheddah’

  10. Lee Annie says:

    Better late then never! Congrats on your one year anniversary of fabulous storytelling. You always make me laugh and really think about things in a different light. Thanks for sharing your life with us. And the cake was delicious!! Lee Annie

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