Good morning, good afternoon, good evening friends! I hope you are all having a lovely week, filled with books and love. (Also, A Conjuring of Light released yesterday and if you’re not freaking out, well I AM. Anyway, out of topic completely.)
Today I am thrilled to be back with my blogging ways feature, where I rant and rave about everything blogging, and there’s something I’d like to highlight and particularily thank today, it’s you. The blogging community.
In a world where we all want it all – the money, the fame, the lovely little house, the happy kids or whatever floats your boat -, it’s hard not to get blinded. Not to wish for it all – in the blogging sense of it just as well. Wish for all the followers in the world, a 4 or 5 or 6 or even more digits count, a 5 digits page-view per month and a thousand comments to get to every single day because everyone loves you and your blog and your posts. Blogging success, I guess it could be called this way.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email and obviously I came to rant about this to my blogging friends Kat and Fadwa. It made me think, and it inspired this post a lot, just as well. When you’re starting out, there’s something that you want above everything: to be visible. Just like first day in a new school where it seems like everyone knows each other and already got billion of friends and you’re here, shy, lost and confused. I’m not saying you should fight your instincts and turn into Beyonce in the blink of a eye. I’m saying that there’s no reason to be afraid. Life, and blogging, surely begins out of your comfort zone. (Being in is nice. Keep on loving what you do. But point here is, don’t be afraid).
I don’t like bragging and I am not the type of person to ever do that, but whenever I talk about my blog, or just think about it, I feel accomplished. In late 2014, I was the shy kid in the playground, looking up at other bloggers and just wondering what the hell I was doing here. Two years later, I feel stunned by knowing what I have accomplished with this little corner of the internet. Despite the amount of followers I have reached, it’s not what makes me feel accomplished. It’s you. It’s the comments, the interactions, the countless messages I sometimes get on twitter (you’ll recognize yourself), the Christmas card and gifts (you’ll also recognize yourself),
I worked hard for this – I know I will sound like I am bragging again, but guys, blogging is work, as you all may know it. I know it took me longer than most bloggers nowadays to get to a certain amount of followers – while some others just do that in a couple months. But I don’t care. It took me two and a half years to get where I am – and it’s not someplace with a follower count I feel is a bit over the top for what I’m actually doing here, which is ranting abbout blogging and screaming about books. It’s someplace where I feel content and confident, someplace where I found the people and the community I feel like I’ve always meant to be a part of.
In the end, I’m here for the community, and this is what makes me keep on going. It’s not the fact that I get more followers or page-views, even if we’ll all admit for sure that this is something that makes us happy, and always will – just like money does. Numbers. But in the end, just like I’m glad to have a bit of money in the bank to be able to save up for my next trip and buy a couple more books I shouldn’t, I’m happier to have the people around me I can call home ; blogging is the same thing. If this corner of the internet managed to get bigger than I’d imagine, it still isn’t estranged by some kind of success or anything, and it is still home, it’s all because of you.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t blog to get to a thousand, a billion followers, the same amount of page-views, and not feel like you can call that a success. You can. Everyone defines success as they want to, and I’m not here to point fingers. For me, success is this community and feeling like I’m part of it.
I feel overwhelmed and happy when people send me a comment, or an email asking me something like it happened the other day – to get more pageviews, more followers, more comments. The only thing I ever want to advice is to work, because nothing comes easily and I’m not a publicity service. And I’m not here to advice you on getting tons of pageviews and followers, because I can’t. It’s not the goal for me, and I don’t know how I happened to have something not that big but still astoundishing. The goal for me is right here, it’s you reading this behind your screen, the community. It’s what I’m here and always wanted to be here for.
In the blogging world, pageviews, followers, stats, NUMBERS, and interaction, comments, feeling genuine part of the community, can go hand in hand, obviously. They are not fighting against each other. But whether you’re the new kid on the playground or a rather old one fitting or still trying to fit in, remember that you do. You fit in. Maybe take one step like Beyonce once in a while, and be yourself just as well. And in a world where we want it all, remember what’s important to you, and work towards it. For me, what’s important, is you.
Do you feel part of the blogging community, or not yet? (Also, random idea suddenly, how would you feel about a collection of advice-posts regarding that particular topic?)
How IS blogging, compared to how you imagined it to be? Did you have expectations with the other bloggers, in terms of followers, page-views, and so on? Share your thoughts with me in comments! 💬