I Can’t Believe I’ve Been Doing This For 365 Fucking Days — That’s like a Whole Year

A year ago today, I committed to writing a post a day here on Medium for thirty days. It went so well, I figured I’d shoot for sixty days. And then 90. Somewhere around the five month mark, I decided to worry less about if I was posting everyday or not and put more of a focus on the actual writing itself and what I could do to not only improve it — but help others improve as well through it — be it in their writing, careers or personal lives.

While I haven’t posted every single day within the last year, I came damn close. This is the 318th post I’ve published in the last 365 days.

I’ll be honest, I needed this today. I’ve just been creatively down and out in the last week or so, seeing the date and realizing I’ve been doing this for exactly one year was the push I needed to get me writing, which is good.

I’ve learned a lot in this last year, both about writing and myself. I’d like to think I’ve gotten to know the ins and outs of this platform pretty well, along with the do’s and don’ts. What works and what doesn’t. What’s awesome about it and what sucks — because as much as I love it here, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I’ve also become more aware of my own strengths and weaknesses, my assets and shortcomings.

I’ve become a writer who is compensated for their work, that in itself is more than I could have asked for a year ago. To put it plainly, it’s not something I expected to happen in my first year writing regularly. While it’s not nearly enough to make a living off of, I work hard everyday in some form or another on trying to make it a possibility. It’s not a goal, it’s my life’s mission. There’s simply no other work I want to be doing. Nothing I’m as good at or enjoy as much as I do writing.

Though I’ve made plenty complaints about the platform itself, I truly love it here. It feels like home, this is my arena. I have no plans on leaving, regardless of the ups and downs life throws at me, I’ll be here writing because it’s become all I know. It’s become a personal and professional obligation. When I don’t write, I don’t feel right. I feel as though I’m not only letting my readers down but also allowing myself to be outworked by all the other wonderful writers here — both well seasoned veterans and hungry newcomers. Every day I don’t publish, is a day I’m inviting others to come and take the spot I’ve worked so hard to earn, which is just simply one where I have my readers attention.

Though I haven’t found the success some have through their first year here, I’m just getting started. I plan on refocusing and recommitting in a way that’ll make it impossible for Medium to ignore me. As a fellow writer recently stated — “I’m coming for the heavyweight belt, you alright with that?”

Though I’m not going to name and tag them individually, mainly out of fear I’ll forget a few, I cannot thank my regular readers enough for the support you’ve shown me throughout this last year. You all push me to become better everyday, it is all of you who keep me coming back and doing this day after day. The gratitude I have for all of you is without parallel.

Okay so I know I said I wasn’t going to tag you all but here goes nothing.

Special thanks to all of the following wonderful people and any I forget: Deborah Kristina Vico Biscotti Michelle Okafor anna breslin J Gonzalez Blitz Jessica Wildfire Gordie Jackson Jeff Barton Sean Fogler Gregory Forrest Mark Starlin Tawana Steve B Howard Stephen M. Tomic Joao Nascimento Saadia Khalid Jennifer Sartore Hulst Sherrye Richardson Julia Kantic Bebe Nicholson Adam Maldonado Larry Wentz and last but certainly not least marjorie steele

As I said, I’m sure the amount of pot I’ve smoked over the last two decades caused me to forget a few and for that, I truly apologize. You all mean the world to me and without you, I’d have nothing.

I’d also like to thank and acknowledge all of the amazing editors of the publications who have helped me find the success I have thus far. Huge shout outs to all of the following as well: Steve Campbell Melissa Berdine Erika Sauter DiAmaya Dawn Jake and David Snook. You guys rock and the work you do allows this community to thrive and grow — thank you.

Like I mentioned, I’ve been creatively out of it these last few days so forgive me for the mediocre post on my year anniversary. I’m glad I wrote it though. More importantly, I’m glad I stumbled upon Medium and all of you happened to stumble upon my work. Doing this gives me purpose and I have all of you to thank for that. Below are links to the posts of mine you all seemed to enjoy the most, thank you again for all the support you’ve shown me over the last year.

Now here’s to making my second year here on Medium even better than the first. As always, thanks for reading.

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Brian Brewington

Brian Brewington

Writing About the Human Condition, via My Thoughts, Observations, Experiences, and Opinions — Founder of Journal of Journeys and BRB INC ©