You may be wondering what a flute has to do with being a blogger.
I was thinking about my childhood and what about it gave me the most pleasure. I came to the conclusion that it was when I started playing the flute when I was 10 years old, in 5th grade. I had always liked music. First time singing in public was at age 7.
My mom and step-dad decided to get me a flute so I could learn to play with free lessons that the school system gave. I would get the lessons in the mornings in school, and would practice every day after school. I loved it so much that I didn’t need to be told to do it. It was fun. I worked hard that first year and went through 2 lesson books. By the time I had started 6th grade, I had to have my lessons a half an hour before the other children because I was now in my third lesson book. I was reading and playing at, at least, a 7th grade level according to my instructor. I continued to improve to the point that when I started Junior High School, I was playing 1st in the flute section of the junior high band. I kept practicing and learning new songs as the 2 years there went on.
I reached 9th grade and was now playing for the Everett High School Marching Band, which meant marching in the half-time shows during the football season, and doing concerts for elementary schools at Christmas time, as well as playing for other special occasions like Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and Veteran’s Day, and our annual Spring concerts. I was shocked when, at that first awards banquet, I received an award for Most Improved Freshman. Seriously, didn’t even think about the awards when I played that first year.
As my time went on in high school, I kept learning new materials and actually switched to the saxophone my senior year to lead the section which only had 3 freshmen at the time. I ended my 4 years with a total of 7 awards.
After freshmen year, I do admit that I had made up my mind that I was going to play my best so I could win The John Philip Sousa Award, which recognizes superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation in a high school band. I thought I blew it when I changed instruments but was told by my instructor, at the awards banquet that year, that I had won it before the year even began.
I wrote this blog post to tell you to remember what you did in the past. Remember what gave you so much happiness and pride when you reached the point of knowing what you were doing as if it were second nature.
Being a blogger is the same way. You need to learn everything involved to run a blog correctly. Apply what you learn and keep doing it until it becomes automatic. After you excel in one aspect, learn another aspect until it becomes automatic and so on. Eventually, you will become a powerhouse blogger in whatever niche you choose. Then, if you choose, you can teach others to do the same and become very successful.
With that said, I hope you rediscover your feelings of excitement while learning to become a blogger.
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Until the next time……Chris