Yesterday I read an article about “20 Blogging Milestones” designed to help bloggers “figure out if you’re on the right path.” What I found inspiring about the list was all the small successes all of us, but writers in particular, might miss celebrating along the way or later forget altogether as we keep trying to climb up one ladder or another. Here are some examples from the article:

  • Your first comment
  • Your first retweet
  • Getting a link from another site

Those are all for new bloggers (like me). Later on, the milestones become bigger:

  • 100 subscribers
  • Being asked to do an interview
  • 10,000 subscribers (!)

This morning I experienced a milestone of my own as I woke up to find that one of my recent books, A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens, has its first Amazon review!

A creative calling is something that may strike as a teenager. Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens is a guide to the driven teenager, who parents who can commonly be overwhelmed in trying to understand and how to work with them to give them the creative freedom they need while still pushing them to become respectable adults. Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents is an invaluable resource for the parent who wants to help their child in their creative endeavors. ~ Midwest Book Review

Never mind that the subtitle and title are reversed πŸ˜‰ . I am going to allow myself to celebrate, and I invite you to celebrate with me by sharing your writing milestones, either big or small, ones that are current or past or anticipated, such as…

  • Your first day of writing 1000 words
  • Your first revision
  • Your first completed short story
  • Your first completed novel
  • Your first blog post
  • Your first paid writing assignment
  • Your first contract
  • Your first agent

If you aren’t a writer, share any other personalΒ  or professional milestone in your life. Let’s see how many we can think of, and I will collect the milestones (names removed) for a future post. And here’s an incentive:

Anyone who both comments on this thread and who subscribes (or is subscribed) to this blog by email (see the upper right of the screen) before July 18, 2010 will be entered in a drawing to get a free, signed copy each of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens and The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity. (If you subscribe through an RSS service instead of email, just indicate that with your comment).

Ah, another one I can add:

  • My first blog giveaway πŸ™‚