Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.
Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.
I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.
I’m sure it’s no secret that I love getting to talk to other bloggers. I enjoy reading others’ posts, collaborating with bloggers, and having conversations with them on my own blog.
However, since late last summer, I have heavily tied my happiness with blogging to the response I get from others … and that has been my downfall more times than I can count.
I needed those comments – and it makes me sad to admit it.
There have been many highs and lows in how I feel about my blog, the content I create, and my interactions with the community. I’ll be satisfied by how a post does one day, then the next I’m absolutely in the dumps because of the lack of response. Instead of being happy with the posts I wrote, I’ve been blogging for a response.
In one way, I realize there’s nothing wrong with that. I aim for my posts to be inspiring, helpful, and enjoyable to read – I think we all want our blogs to be that way. But that wasn’t why I ever began blogging in the first place.
I blog because I love to write.
I have mentioned before that over the last seven years or so, I have been the owner of multiple blogs. None of them had more than five readers each – and while I had those blogs for me, I still longed to be able to connect with people. So, when Dreaming of Guatemala started being read by dozens of people a day, I didn’t know what to do with myself.
Popularity got to my head and altered my blogging focus.
While I may be considered by many to be a blogger who knows what she’s doing … I still have so much to learn emotionally about being a humble blogger. I never could have defined myself as such until now, and I’m even still a work-in-progress. But today I’d love to discuss everything that the Lord is teaching me through writing on this blog, because I’ve become aware of the fact that there are many. ❤
Blogging on here has helped me open up to people.
Writing posts helps me to express myself.
Blogging allows me to be even more creative.
Having a blog helps me not feel lonely.
Blogging reminds me that we are all human.
Writing honest posts helps me to connect with others.
Blogging is teaching me to be a humble writer.
I desire to be thankful in every way for the responses I receive from others on my posts. But from now on, I don’t want those comments (or lack thereof) to make me sad, or to make me feel like I did something wrong. The reason I’m blogging is to enjoy writing … and meet others along the way. Thank you so much for following along on this journey with me!
Let me know in the comments below:
What is blogging teaching YOU?