New to blogging? Me too. I started with a free WordPress to see if blogging was something I’d like before investing larger sums of money into it. I have not invested any money into it, but I can say I do enjoy blogging. In my short experience, it has only gotten more interesting since I have discovered a couple of blogs to enjoy and now, I have enough posts to play with my theme a bit more. I’m really liking my newest theme.
Despite my optimism, I must admit that I did not expect to have such difficulty getting my blog posts out. With WordPress Reader, my posts often fall after a gazillion posts in the categories I place them in. Some posts above mine do not even relate closely to the tag they rank so highly in. It could seem quite pointless at times spending so much time on a post to have no one seem to view it, like it, or place a comment. Even though I do not feel that my blog has gotten that much attention, I do not think I necessarily mind. Of course, I want for people to enjoy my blog; however, I am enjoying my blog so I am content.
Last year, my class had a guest speaker. The speaker was an artist and had created cartoons, comics, and had even worked with Disney at some point. He had talked about doing what he loved. To this day, he still receives income for things he did years ago. I thought about his speech today as I noticed views and likes to older articles I didn’t expect to receive notifications from. I suppose the message I’m trying to convey to my fellow newbies and hobbyists is to not be discouraged. You may be writing to an audience that never gets to see what you write. You may be frustrated or feel like you’ll never be able to get anywhere with your blog. Either way, the work you do is not completely in vain. Someone will come across your posts and appreciate them even if it is not now. Have patience and write about things you’re passionate about.