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Five years ago today, I started a writing blog. I didn’t really have a plan for what I was going to do once it was up and running, but it seemed like a natural extension of my dream of being a writer. I knew I needed a discipline; something that would force me to write on a regular basis. So, I signed up and paid for my domain name. The rest is history.

Looking over the last five years of blog posts, I can see my evolution as a writer. When I started, I posted twice a week. Two hundred seventy-eight posts later, my updates are more and more infrequent. I’m not as disciplined as I was when I embarked on this endeavor as a college junior. But that’s mainly because I’m so busy.

Since I started blogging in 2011, I’ve published three short stories, written a full-length stage play, moved across the country, and gotten married. Through it all, one of the few constants has been my writing. This blog has chronicled not just my writing life, but my everyday struggles and my existential crises along the way.

While I don’t have the time or the stamina to post biweekly, I still write on a regular basis. This week, I submitted a story to a popular fiction contest. Next week, I’ll start submitting my play to theatre festivals. I am also lucky to live in a city with a thriving literary scene, much of which is made possible by Creative Colloquy. My short story “Inheritance” will be appearing in Creative Colloquy Vol. 3.

As I look forward on another year of pursuing this wild dream, I am excited about the possibilities that lay before me. Most of all, I am humbled that you have chosen to experience it all with me. Thank you for reading. Here’s to five great years and many, many more to come.

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Jonny Eberle is a writer in Tacoma, WA. You can follow him on Twitter or find him wandering downtown Tacoma on Wednesday, October 5 from 6-9pm for the second annual Creative Colloquy Crawl. Feel free to drop in and say hello!

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