I had a pleasant little surprise today when I logged into my blog and discovered that I’ve now made 500 blog posts (making this the 501st). Now I’m not one to let inconsequential milestones slip me by so I figured it was worth announcing and celebrating. Huzzah to me!!
500 may seem like a vast number to some and yet, to others, a very small one. Blogs – any blog, not just MMO ones – all have a huge variety of publishing schedules and some bloggers post several times a day and some only once or twice a month. Ultimately it is just a number and nothing more and, regardless of anything, I suppose it’s quality that really matters and not the quantity.
Still, hitting the big five zero zero mark has a lot of personal meaning to me and is a great landmark in my life. See, I’m one of those guys who gets excited by things quite easily, invests a ton of time (and sometimes money) saturating myself with everything related I can get my hands on, soaking it all up like a sponge, and then losing all interest in the subject a few weeks or months later.
Here’s a great example for you. Last January I watched Wall Street on blu-ray and then the next day went out and bought three books on trading. I scoured the Internet for weeks, soaked up everything I could and even started saving so I could open up a trading account with my bank. Of course I never did and now all of those books are just sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust and my wife no longer freaks out every time I make a casual remark about our savings account and things we could do with the money.
So the number 500 may not have have a lot of meaning in itself but it signifies something huge to me personally – I can stick at things when I really want to. It shows me that if I put my mind to something and am determined enough, I can achieve anything I want. It tells me that the reason I’m not a gazillionaire Wall Street trader is not because I lack the skill or aptitude (Gordon Gecko – same first name. Coincidence? I think not) but rather I just didn’t take it seriously enough to ever try.
We can do anything we want, all we have to do is never stop trying.