How is it Thursday already?! Time for some good old Thinking out loud again I figure. Here’s to hoping Amanda won’t mind me once more not pouring a potpourri of mixed thoughts into today’s post but sharing some thoughts I had following up last week’s post.
About that last post: I will say it was one I wasn’t sure about posting. Yes, it was a topic on my mind and one that mattered to me. But would it for others? The comments you left and thoughts you expressed made me glad I did and I enjoyed reading every single one. The overthinking and hesitation is a remainder of my early blogging days when I hardly had any readers yet – normal, obviously – and at times considered giving up again. The reason I didn’t is probably that a) I know I should first and foremost write for myself [honestly, though, who is fully content with that?] and b) if a post of yours makes just one other person relate to it, think, laugh or get hungry you can consider your blogging duty fulfilled and yourself successful.
It’s easy to get discouraged not only as a new blogger but even if you’ve been around for a while yet don’t have dozens of comments on every post or the most followers ever. But here’s some perspective: Personally, I read a huge number of blogs – not daily but if I like one I will stop by regularly. Among the many great posts I’ve come across by now there were some that not only got me thinking in the moment I read them but get stuck in my mind and will have me come back to them. If you’ve seen my good good links before you’ll know these aren’t solely ‘big’ bloggers’ posts. Just today I came across a great post that changed the way I saw a topic on a not [yet] as well-known blog. And recipes from smaller blogs I tried have turned out just as delicious as those from more popular sources.
It’s not about how many followers you have and not even about the number of comments you – or I as a smaller blogger myself, really – get. In fact, what matters more to me is reading other people’s stories or hear their thoughts on a topic. Quality over quantity. All that said: yes, I need to remind myself of this, too, at times. But I feel when I’m passionate about a topic just writing it out feels great. The moral of the story: Don’t make yourself smaller than you are. There’s always somebody who will get more comments on their posts
Your post might just find somebody in need of the advice you’re offering. The random fun story that happened to you could possibly cheer somebody in a funk up. And that ‘almost too simple to call it a recipe’ no-bake cookie you posted? Somebody else probably just had a craving for something sweet but didn’t feel like turning on the oven or buying a dozen special ingredients. If you enjoy yourself blogging others will be interested in reading.
On a last note if you do plan on becoming a big and popular blogger: they all started small, too, so never loose hope. And many more experienced/ big bloggers will happily give you advice on how to grow your own little space in the wide web. Don’t give up your plans of blog world domination just yet ;) .
Happiness inducing today: The two most adorable chihuahuas a man walked alongside my apartment. Too sad that for once it wasn’t me scared of big dogs but the little ones too afraid of me.
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No questions today. Just whichever thoughts you have regarding the topic.