This blog has officially been around for nearly 6 months. Today, I have 78 followers and counting. In 2015, this blog has been viewed (according to WordPress) in 56 countries on 6 continents. I could not be more grateful, awe-inspired, or mind blown.
56 countries? My blog? That’s about 1/3 of the world’s countries, one of which I’d never even heard of (which, in my defense, was an island (although islands are just as important as any other country!)). Honestly, I’m shocked. When I made this blog, I anticipated a handful of followers, and for it to last about three months before I moved on to another project. Looks like I’m here to stay.
That’s not to say the number of followers I have is the most important thing to me- more important to me are followers who share their own thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the subjects I write about. So many of you have shared so much here, and I really, really appreciate it. I’ve learned so much from you and having this blog has helped me to grow and improve my writing and become a more global person in so many ways. Thank you all!
To those of you who are new (of which there are quite a few, thanks to Tiny Buddha), I’m Avery. I’m a tenth grade student in California. Pluto’s Journal is basically whatever I want it to be on any given day, but I focus mostly on self-help and my thoughts about growing up. I sprinkle in some art and science thoughts, photography, and my endless expertise on love and relationships (I wish). Mostly, though, it’s just me, thinking about the world and reflecting on my life, because I think it’s a) important to process your past to proceed with your future and b) I think we can all learn from each other more than we may realize.
I thought this would be an appropriate time for me to share a little more about my personal life and some facts about me, since many of you are relatively new and for the others, I haven’t been overly personal about my own life.
I live in Southern California, which isn’t much different from the rest of the Western US except for the eternal spring temperatures and very little rainfall (which has, unfortunately, left us in quite a drought). I have three younger siblings and a Tibetan Terrier named Will (he’s supposed to be the Buddhist of the dog breeds, and I suppose his independent attitude could be interpreted as peaceful). I do have a boyfriend, who lives in New Jersey (long story), and he’s rather wonderful. But I won’t go on about that.
My favorite things include vanilla scented candles, stuffed animals, artistic photographs, white roses and gardenias, well-designed book covers, Barnes and Noble, beach towns with cute little boutiques, Nordstrom Rack, the color blue, dapple grey horses, wolves, Costa Rica, and 80’s romance comedies/dramas/coming of age movies. I would say my guilty pleasure is either popcorn covered in Nutella (try it, you’ll fall in love) or online window-shopping for clothes. I align most closely with Buddhism, of all the religions, and I will be writing more on that soon. I also like meeting new people and speaking Spanish, playing my guitar, singing, and writing creative fiction (which I share here every so often). I wrote a novel recently, but decided it wasn’t very good or salvageable through editing, so I am just beginning my second. I may share the first chapter in the coming days.
I’m fairly shy when I meet new people, and I do not excel at small talk. At all. I spend a lot of my time thinking and trying my best to be nice to other people while keeping a little personal distance. I hate, more than anything, being in conflicts with people. I very much value interpersonal harmony. I will go to great lengths in my relationships to avoid fighting and tension, even if it means withholding necessary constructive criticism (which I’m trying to share more, because withholding often makes a bigger problem than the original one). Once people get to know me well, though, I talk freely, although I have a hard time sharing much personal information for fear of boring others or pushing my problems onto them. I like (and sometimes grow to hate) being the giver in relationships.
I used to be dead set on a path towards neuroscience, and I still would like to study it in college, but I’ve realized that there are so many other things I’m interested in learning about. I would love to continue to blog and become a professional writer of some sort (ideally New York Times bestselling author, but unfortunately they aren’t exactly handing out spots on the list). We will see where life takes me, whether into brain surgery or journalism or mathematics or mostly parenthood. I will most definitely be a parent.
As for this blog, I’m going to keep it up, for myself and for you. I love writing here and receiving feedback and getting to know people from all around the world, if you can call it getting to know. It’s really opened my eyes to see all the countries highlighted on my blog Stats map, and I want you all to know how special I think you are.
Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing your time with me. I appreciate it so much. Here’s to another six months and more of Pluto’s Journal, and hopefully some more readers to learn from along the way. Thank you all!!