Happy Birthday! 6 months, 60 posts (other than this one) and lessons being learned everyday.

The Brainy Pint Sizer blog is 6 months old today!  It’s incredible that it has only been 6 months.  I’ve probably had a lot more stress than I should have, so much so that it feels like a lifetime already.  (Probably not a good thing.)

Several months ago, I questioned whether I’d made the “right” decision to launch the blog.  There were all good intentions pre-launch, but then as the weeks ticked on after the launch on November 30, 2011, there were frustrations…

How do you get followers?  The blog hardly attracted visitors — and Twitter was of no help (and that’s a separate frustration, but we won’t go there).  If anyone believes that “if you build it, they will come”, they are sadly mistaken.  That ain’t gonna happen.  It’s you and millions of others who have a voice in the blogosphere.  Talk about crowded!  Especially since I wasn’t a “mommy blogger”, “food blogger”, “travel blogger” or a “fashion blogger” or whatever blogger that draws people, makes you “special” enough to be followed, not to mention coming up with posts that are interesting and genuine — I was starting to be over it. 

Second thoughts?  Hmmm, you think?  Absolutely, and that’s putting it mildly.  I was staying up until all hours of the early morning preparing posts after a long day at work (the day before).  I was disappointed and feeling like I was headed down the path of failure, not to mention having blogger envy — blogger jealousy.  Basically, I was thinking:  This sucks, this is not fun, and what the heck did I get myself into?

I came up with things I thought I could or would institute, like shorter blog posts (Ha!), and a few other gems.  In the end, as I alluded to in my February post, I could see how blogs could fail — and it wouldn’t have necessarily been the fault or lack of commitment of the blogger.

Major changes may be coming in the second half of my first year.  I’m toying with the idea of a niche.  Maybe having a niche is truly the way to go?  It’s not that I’m looking for 5,000 followers, but I believe in aiming high, especially when I put my heart and soul into something.

So, what has changed?  Gone are:

  • Staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. creating blog posts.  This was totally ridiculous and having my alarm clock go off only a few short hours after going to bed was taking a terrible toll.  I sacrificed any shred of exercise because I had zero energy.
  • Posting multiple times within a 7 or 10-day period.  I now post when I have something to say.  I no longer feel panicked if I don’t post something every few days.

In the end, I need to be happy where I am — for now — be patient, appreciate the small things while figuring out ways to make things better so that “My Little Blog That Could” will not only survive but thrive.

That’s it.  But before I move on to Part 2 of Year 1, one more important thing…

Thank you to family and friends who have continued to be supportive, and for all the followers who — at least for now — have decided to keep tabs on this blog-o-mine.  Thanks for all the “Likes”, too.  They also hold a special place in the Brainy Pint Sizer’s blog heart.

Happy 6-month birthday www.brainypintsizer.com!  Truly a mini milestone.

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Special note:  Is this a sign?  No sooner did I pen this post, I happened to take a look at Twitter and I saw a tweet by Bruno1, one of the profiles I follow:

“Remember that SUCCESS takes time, devotion and sometimes a little heartbreak. Recuerda que el EXITO toma tiempo, devocion y sufrimiento.”

Ain’t that the truth, Bruno.  Ain’t that the truth.

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Blisters and Sailors. It’s that time of year again: Fleet Week in New York City.

Every year before Memorial Day and through the Memorial Day weekend — actually, for one week — sailors from around the world are invited to New York City for a little pomp, a little circumstance and a little fun in the “City That Never Sleeps”.  This is, after all, a great metropolis to explore, and of course, be treated well (yes, we do give love to the members of our Armed Forces!).

I decided to take advantage of the Saturday afternoon sunshine to visit the ships docked along the Hudson River near the West Side Highway.  (Word to the Wise: Get up and get going EARLY because the throngs of crowds — natives and visitors — will be ridiculously overwhelming if you’re interested in visiting the ships and all the go-to places our ship-weary men and women frequent…e.g. Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park — and most of all, Ground Zero.)

I also decided to wear my rockin’ platform heels (Yaaaaaas!!!) and skinny jeans  (Remember them?  No?  Well, let me remind you.).

Message to Self: These are only to be worn for a few hours at a time or while seated.

What I didn’t decide: To experience the intense burning that one can only get after wearing bitchin’ly hot heels for 8 1/2 hours.  Oh, I got a blister on the sole of each foot.  Ouch.

P.S.  I didn’t even get to explore the ships.  Oh no.  When I finally got to the West 54th entrance after 3 o’clock, I, and 1,000 other people, were turned away.  (I don’t know if it was 1,000 people, but it was a-lot-of-people — and we were all unhappy.  But frankly, after looking in through the chainlink fence at the line, it had to be at least 6 city blocks long and about  6 feet deep.  No thanks.)

Soooooo…I ended up in Times Square…snapped a few photos (they’re not my best work…but I didn’t want anything pose-y…just casual), and got the heck out of there in about 30 minutes.  It was uncomfortably crowded, and it didn’t help that it was overcast, storm clouds rolled in and then it rained lightly for a while making it a wet, sticky mess.

But….on the flip side: What a way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon!  In addition to U.S. Armed Forces, I saw sailors from the Far East and Canada (Hello, eh?)…The men (and women) looked so sharp in their dress uniforms. *big smile*

If you’re in or near New York City, take advantage of this annual event.  It’s wonderful — Great for singles and families!

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