For long-time readers of this blog, it’s no surprise I have struggled along the way. What originally drew me to the world of blogging was that it was a unique way for everybody to have a voice and a platform for the things that mattered to them. Over the past few years with the rise of the influencer, it has seemed to me that many blogs began to morph into a very particular and uniformed thing. We began to expect certain formulas. There were similar color schemes and multiple versions of the same topics. I’m not bashing it – the fact that many individuals (often women) are becoming trailblazers and using blogging as a career path is an amazing feat and definitely something to be applauded.
It just wasn’t me. It would never be me. For a long time it made me lose my motivation because I felt like I was on the outside and I couldn’t even pretend to fit in. I hate to admit it, but I think for a long time I myself even equated my blog to “unworthy” because it wasn’t those things.
It took me a while to realize I was looking at blogging the wrong way.
In my book club, we read The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls. During a chapter on the record industry and fans, there was a passage that resonated with me. It basically boiled down to stop chasing an audience you will never have. Palmer knows her band is a niche sound that most of the quote “mainstream” audience won’t enjoy. Instead of letting that fact be disheartening, she uses it to her advantage. She sends her heart and soul out to those who will devour it and enjoy it as thoroughly as she does. That’s how I need to think about blogging.
I may never be some major influencer, that’s okay. Instead, I have found my own amazing community, no matter the size. The fact that the internet has allowed me the ability to share what I love with others and have conversations and relationships that are based on that excitement grow…well, that’s pretty incredible.
For that, I want to say thank YOU to my community.
- Thank you for finding the topics I blabber on about interesting enough to read (or pretend to find interesting.)
- Thank you for repeatedly coming back.
- Thank you for taking the time to comment and share my words.
- Thank you to the wonderful people both locally and around the globe I have gotten to know and develop friendships with because of this community.
If you happen to be new around Constantly Seeking Wonder, here’s what you can expect from me:
- I enjoy entertainment – books, movies, tv, music, and pop culture.
- I am a complete fangirl and don’t know how to share my love at a volume lower than 10.
- I am sarcastic and self deprecating and occasionally full of expletives.
You can take it or leave it. I know I’m not for everyone. I don’t want to be for everyone anymore. Most likely I will never go viral and there may even be posts that occasionally get hardly any interaction and that is okay. I’m learning to realize it’s less about the numbers and more about the value anyways.
Out of curiosity, what draws you to my blog?
Until next time,