My first week of blogging was like a dream. I went through it in a hazy fog of anxiety, excitement, happiness, and disbelief that I never could have anticipated.

As I write this, on Friday, May 21, my first-ever two posts have received 159 comments and have been tweeted 272 times. I'm simply stunned. It would be nice if I could say that I'm glowing, but the reality is that this week has kicked my butt.

My first foray into blogging has shown me that it can be a Herculean task to keep up with responding to comments and tweets while balancing clients and life.

But it's all been worth it. When I look at the amazing comments from my readers in regard to how my blog posts have resonated with them, and in some cases helped them tremendously by giving them a bit of direction or perhaps an ounce of inspiration, then it makes the lack of sleep and sense of discombobulation all worthwhile.

I have to be honest, though, I almost didn't go through with it. The night before my planned launch I DM'd (direct-messaged) my friend Mack Collier on Twitter and told him I wanted to "chicken out and crawl in a hole." He proceeded to send me such an inspired litany of DMs that after reading them I pretty much had no choice but to launch my blog!

So, I did.

I've learned a lot in this first week, and I know there is no magic blog launch formula, but I do have some theories as to what went into the success of the week as I begin to reflect...

I spent a lot of time learning about blogging before I ever considered starting a blog

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Petrilli is CEO of C-Level Strategies Inc., chief relationship officer of CEO Connection, and chief operating and marketing officer for the To Be a Woman global platform. Introverts will find an abundance of practical advice in her new e-book: The Introvert's Guide to Success in Business and Leadership. Marketing Profs readers will receive a 30% discount and pay just $5.39 with code "MarketingProfs." The e-book is also available on Amazon for Kindle and at Barnes & Noble for Nook.