I’ve been blogging here for nearly 6 months now. In this time I have had some great opportunities, chatted to some lovely people over on twitter and it really has opened up a whole new world to me.
This little blog started as I have always wanted to be a writer and I thought that having my own little corner of the interweb would be a perfect place to practise and see if it is actually what I want to do and more importantly would I actually be any good at it.
I am pleased to say it has brought out the creative side to me, helping me produce some poems and short stories and other ideas, whether I publish them or not. It is somewhere I can come when I want to escape from the world and lose myself in my words and thoughts.
It has become a place to write about whatever I want, whenever I want to. It has kind of become almost like therapy. When I’m feeling sad or lonely I come here and I write. When I’m happy or have good news to share this is where I come. I record things I get up to with Olivia. I have had the chance to review products, days out, and host competitions.
I kind of let myself get lost in all the wrong parts of blogging. I found myself focusing on my stats, were people reading, what were they reading and why aren’t they commenting? I got bogged down in trying to “keep up with the Joneses” as they say. Berating myself for not being as funny as this blogger, or as nice as that one, or having the wit that she has. I was competing with people who didn’t even know they were in a competition and I became the loser. I lost myself, my blog, my whole reason for doing this in the first place and I actually didn’t want to blog at all!
So I let myself take a step back. I stopped reading the ‘rules’ I stopped joining in so many linkys. More importantly I stopped comparing myself and my blog to others. Guess what! It worked, I remembered why I started doing this in the first place. For me, for Olivia, for fun! I needed to get back to writing what I wanted to write, was was relevant and important to me. I have practised writing fiction and have scaled back on the number of posts I publish, after all quality is better than quantity! If I don’t like what I write then no one else will either will they!
I mean what are they all about anyway? There are so many different ways of scoring blogs these day, your unique visitors, tots100 score or foodies etc, page rank, domain etc etc and so on. It’s gets really confusing and really hard to keep up with, and well for me anyway. But does it all matter? Is that why we are all blogging? To be the best, to out blog each other. I know I’m not, not any more. Because by simply writing I have a successful blog. By getting the thoughts out of my head and into the open. I am learning and progressing and for me that is enough for now.
So yeah, whilst the stats may still be important, I would be lying if I said they weren’t, I’m not letting them get to me anymore. I’m blogging for the love of blogging. If you read it then thank you I really appreciate it. If I’m doing it all wrong then so be it! If you find it boring then I apologise maybe this isn’t the blog for you but it is the blog for me regardless of what any statistics may say.