I was naive when I started blogging.
Early on, when I still was in the Facebook world, I got a lot of views. In fact, sometimes hundreds of views a day. I figured that starting off with such popularity was a sure ticket to my success. After all, my writing was still pretty rocky at first. I had a long way to go and a lot of improvements to make. Nevertheless, deep down, I truly believed one of my posts would one day go viral and I would have an easy path to becoming a famous writer.
Call me a quitter.
Call me a pessimist.
Call me impatient.
But I’m loosing all desire to blog for numbers.
In fact, new followers mean very little to me. Unless, of course, I get to know them through their blogs and comments. In that case, there’s nothing that delights me more than a person who actually reads and responds thoughtfully to my posts. I love reading the posts of these authors as they seem to have a depth that much of the blogging world is missing.
So the question is why, in a mostly positive community of writers, would I feel a lack of passion and drive to keep growing my readers?
I guess you can say I’m realizing a lot about WordPress. Somethings are good. Some are not so good.
Good, like for instance, I have never once had a negative comment on one of my posts. In fact, I believe every single comment on WordPress has been encouraging, uplifting and positive. It’s as if this world of blogging still believes in the magical words we used to all try to live by: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
I definitely can’t say the same for the comments I got on Facebook.
But there are still some things that are frustrating to me. Am I wrong in noticing that the people with the most followers on WordPress aren’t the best writers? They are merely the writers with the most quantity? Multiple, mindless posts a day, just to gain more, more, and more followers.
As a lover of good writing, this saddens me.
There also seem to be far too many people who scroll down and follow everyone, just to gain more followers themselves. Who click “like” on every post without reading a single one. It makes me feel as if all my readers have hidden motivates, only reading and commenting to boost their own popularity.
It’s kind of a depressing thought. I don’t really want a part in that side of blogging. So the question is why am I still posting on WordPress?
Because I love writing.
I want to grow in my abilities.
I want to make connections through my writing.
I wish to receive feedback.
And I long to encourage others as well.
I’m not here to become famous. I’m just here to write.
Today, I needed to remind myself of this again. And I wonder if possibly, someone else out there needed the reminder too.