I started this blog about a year ago. I named it after myself because some fellow comedians told me that I should have a blog. I didn’t think to give it any other name other than my own. It had absolutely no focus whatsoever, I actually felt silly posting anything. Then while I was in therapy for my depression my Italian therapist left for a vacation and like a typical European her trip lasted about five weeks. She told me to write out my issues and problems while she was gone, she didn’t tell me to broadcast my struggles publicly on a blog. I started blogging mainly about my dating mishaps and to my surprise this blog slowly became popular. I was always shocked when total strangers were commenting on posts, and even more floored when I found people were searching for things like
“Juliet Jeske Dating Blog”
Then on the advice of another blogger Carolyn Castiglia, I re-wrote and submitted my most popular post to the Huffington Post. The post blew up all over the internet and has changed my life and this blog. On it’s most popular day I had 492 readers, and since then I have anywhere from 20 to 300 readers in a given day. I am not sure why I have sudden peaks in readers but this blog never fails to surprise me. Since I started this blog, it has been read a total of 15,648 times.
I just wanted to thank all of my regular readers. I never really considered myself a writer. I wrote this blog because it helped me exorcise the demons in my head and work out the frustrations about dating after a divorce. I don’t know if I will continue to write articles that will keep you guys entertained and interested, but I will do my best to keep it going. I am going to go through some of my older blog posts to re-work some of my older entries. I might re-post some of them and feature them on Facebook or twitter, my apologizes if you have already read them.
I will add that one of the amazing things about this whole experience is that it has given me hope. And I didn’t have a lot of hope when my life fell apart 2 1/2 years ago. And the amazing thing about hope is that even though I haven’t made a dime off of any of this success yet, the feedback and motivation that I have gotten from the online community has completely changed my life. I want to get up in the morning now. I no longer see my future as a black cloud of nothingness but as shifting shades of gray with light peeking out at me through the cracks. I may not get a book deal and even if I do, my book may not make money. I am fully aware of the realities and difficulties of the publishing industry so I have very realistic expectations. But the support of my regular readers and the feedback of so many strangers in the virtual world have transformed me. I have more faith in myself now than I think I have ever had in my entire life, and it was all due to the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Funny how life works isn’t it?
May we all have a wonderful and productive 2012. And thank you again, your support means the world to me! 🙂