[Photo courtesy Philms]
I’ve been blogging for six months as of January 19th, averaging three posts a week. And, yes, I’m still here.
I am woman—hear me roar.
For those new to my blog, I should give you some context. I had to leave my job as a scientist in biotech about this time last year because of complications from my constant companion, Ms. MS (multiple sclerosis). I’d also been a science writer in a former career, which included layout (desktop publishing) and graphic design. Setting up a blog seemed to follow naturally along the riverbank of my life and combines my interests into a sweet package—writing, graphic/web design, HTML/CSS, and layout.
[I said the words, “sweet package,” did my Alexa ranking improve?]
What does this have to do with how to not blow up your blog?
What I wasn’t prepared for were the numbers.
To give you context, again, when my Ms. MS was more manageable—
I was a competitive athlete and coach. I ran marathons, triathlons, and was an open-water swimmer. Being focused on the numbers was my life—I even had a GPS watch which monitored my miles and mph. I lived numbers. Then, I went to work and measured variables all day (e.g., kinetic cleavage rates of enzymes or accelerated stability tests). I lived numbers at work, too.
Classic Type A, anyone???
Many days have passed where I got caught up in blogging-related numbers: watching my subscriber numbers increase (or decrease) compared to other favorite blogs, watching the Alexa ranking go up and down, and all that. It’s easy to be sidetracked. It’s easy to beat yourself up.
Don’t do it.
My piece of advice for you is the same it has been since I started.
Know why you’re blogging (or in life—focus on what’s important).
I’m still here focusing on healing my brain while being of service to others. Period. Those are my two main goals. I’m OK to be a third-tier blogger—I still get a bronze, right?
It’s the same in other walks of life—why are you doing what you’re doing? Are you feeling good about where you’re headed? Are you laying the tracks in a direction that makes you smile at the end of the day?
I don’t look at subscribers and rankings the same way these days. The connections I’ve made (both people AND neurons) are worth more than any number. On the days I feel really bad, and I get an email from someone I’ve met via my blog, it’s not a number sending me smiles, it’s a person.
Thanks again to all you masters of awesomeness. Keep fighting the good fight. Only change course when your efforts no longer lead you where you want to go. Do what makes sense for you because of what you know deep down, not because of a number or ranking.
I want to close today with a quote from Sean’s lyrical post over at Collective Inkwell:
“Know your tribe—the vibe you scribe—now describe it in a phrase,
Do you feel proud of the crowd you’re talking to these days?”
Yes, I do.
What about you? Are the words you’re writing bringing people who make your blogging experience what you want it to be? Are your tracks leading you where you want to go?
Sing to me, ‘o choir of awesomeness!
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