I have been blogging for 3 years. It started off with a few dedicated readers. I didn’t tell many people about my blog, but wanted to see if I could find others in similar situations. I was shocked and slightly frightened when the first random commenter appeared. And when the followers started going up. I wondered why in the world these people wanted to hear what I had to say, but loved the fact they did.
I love hearing from readers. I have been lucky. I have only had one negative commenter. I was even more amazed that the negative commenter ended up getting blasted by many of you. I never responded to the comment, I didn’t know how to. But I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I was shown.
When I get emails from people telling me their stories, or how I have helped them, it brings tears to my eyes. As the blog grew, I grew. I eventually told friends, and love hearing their thoughts on my posts (for some reason they never comment…).
I have been way to excited when I get recognized. It’s only happened three times, but it’s a weird feeling; knowing that this stranger knows so much about my life.
I haven’t been as active lately. I use to actively pursue sponsored posts. I would comment and talk to other bloggers, but since starting a job where I spend all day working (gasp!), I haven’t been able too. For a while, this bothered me. But instead, it has allowed me the opportunity to get back to why I started. For fun.
While sponsored posts are fun, it was getting to be a burden making sure everything was done in time with correct links and lingo, etc. Instead, I have been able to pursue only the opportunities that truly excite or interest me.
I haven’t had time to focus on getting my links on every social media avenue, worry about sponsorship or even look at my daily stats. While this may seem like I am moving backwards, I like the direction it’s going. It means I only have time to share the stuff I truly want to, and not just throwing something together for the sake of needing a post.
3 years is a long time in the blogging world, and while I might seem more distant lately, I’m not going anywhere.