Today marked my one year blogging anniversary. And to be honest, blogging is exactly NOT what I expected. I thought I could waltz in, write a few words, and have people lapping it up and practically begging for more. I thought my Instagram would be flooded with followers and my twitter would be a buzzing hive of retweets, likes and #lovetheblog!
All I can say is “LOL!”
After a few short weeks my posts slowed. My goal of three posts a week turned into one post every three months (if that!). I was feeling uninspired and a bit lonely. Throw in a lack of direction, I was doomed.
No matter how many ‘how-to-blog’ tutorials I read online or how many email classes I signed up to, two years of researching and working out the “best” way to do it and I still failed. Why? Because I looked at all the blogs I look up to and said “I want that”. But I only see what they are now. What were they when they just started out? They didn’t just amass thousands of readers and followers overnight. It took work. I didn’t realise just how much work until I actually created my new WordPress site and pressed publish for the first time.
If my blog is anything to go by, no wonder people weren’t flocking, begging and retweeting. There’s really nothing to flock to, beg for or retweet. The content just wasn’t (and isn’t) there yet. My expectations were way too high and that was ultimately my downfall. I was expecting the rewards before I had proven myself.
I figure that blogging is akin to motherhood or gardening or anything that takes time and patience. There’s not a lot of thanks or recognition or rewards in the beginning. Like….zero. It comes later (maybe). You have to nurture it, tend to it, let it grow.
And you know what? Blogging is really hard work! You have to push through even though you’re ultimately putting your words, thoughts and ideas out into a black void of everyone else’s words, thoughts and ideas, hoping and praying that someone, somewhere will find it. It’s a labour of love that sometimes won’t ever yield the results more than a few hits a month.
So on my blogiversary, I’m going into my second year with a new blog name, a new layout and a new mindset. A new outlook. A new mantra, if you will.
“Do It For You”
Because if I’m only doing it for the could-be mass followers, subscribers, retweets, likes, re-blogs and whatever else, then I’m never going to get anything done, because well…they’re not there so I never will be.