It has been complete one year since I’m blogging/writing. Started from nowhere being nothing, I somehow crossed this milestone. I don’t still count myself as a good blogger/writer. I’m just a newbie for myself. Actually, none should consider themselves as perfect or expertise in any field. This vibe helps to explore oneself more, flourish more and move ahead continuously in the path of their life.
So far, it’s been a wonderful journey for me. Focusing your mind to what your heart and soul actually wants is the best thing one could ever do. And that’s exactly what I did in this whole year. I have a job; I work as a network engineer, which is completely in favor of my professional passion. Additionally, my interest in playing with words in my leisure time is being one of the reasons for me to live a happy life.
In the end of the very first year of blogging, here’s what I have learned:
Just one year of journey and I feel like I’ve learned tons of lessons already. For all these days, I’ve been through so much of hard times.
The stress in the mind while brainstorming, the prolonged war between heart and mind, the arduous art of playing with words did distress me a lot of times.
But, in the end when the triumph is beheld in front, even my words cannot describe how miraculous the feeling is. Like the one when there’s a golden sky after the end of the deleterious storm.
The path of this blogging journey has never been convenient. Besides the stress in the mind, there’s an ample amount of factors that affect directly or indirectly. Let me tell you one thing, “We don’t believe in the competency we have but the judgments passed by other people”. No matter how capable we are in doing something, if we face criticisms then our morale gets down. And if there’s admiration or compliments on our way, then Bingo! We get encouraged more and move ahead with full swing. See, we decide our ability in reference to these external comments and no doubt our mind is a little machine, easy to manipulate than any other thing that ever exist.”
People around you and their impact:
Actually, a plentiful number of people can be found around with different faces and feelings. Some supporting and advocating, trying to be a source of motivation. Some analyzing the work trying to assist to improve. While some of them become critics or haters being envious of others achievements and pulling leg every time.
Here, the supporters’ admire your work; correct you while you are wrong and motivate you even when you are bad. But, the most disturbing and irking things are the comments passed by those critics and haters that you can never bypass. What does a critic mean actually? It’s someone who passes judgments or opinions with proper analysis and evaluation. For your blogging career, it is necessary, as it’ll help you to know other people’s perspective and their views. Additionally, the missing stuffs in your work can be acknowledged which again helps in enriching the quality of what you are doing. But, instead of such positive judgments what you’ll typically notice is the harsh criticisms and ignorance that directly intend to take you down.
Also, there are these looser or taunting machines who oppose every time even if you are absolutely right. They need to be covered by your hard work obviously, as simple as that. But, what annoy the most are the silent killers. They know every single thing you are doing and still never talk. They never mention whether it’s good or bad. And that hurts the most.
Expectation vs Reality
Now, let’s talk about some ‘expectation vs reality’ kind of things.
You start blogging; build your own blogsite or website; share it social media platforms trying to pave the way for your followers and readers. You expect to be someone from no one overnight. But, what actually happens is most of the people doesn’t give a s***. You are trying to be a blogger/writer not a singer, dancer, vlogger or comedian who can have more followers than you within a same period of time. See, you have to seek for a genuine reader and finding the one in today’s time is way too difficult.
People find it very easy to be a listener or audience than to be a reader because what they want in their free time is quick entertainment without the involvement of their mind. Only someone who is truly interested in reading can do this who is hard to find indeed.
To all the newbie’s in blogging:
Tackle people around you properly
By reading the above section about the kind of people around you and the impact they make, you must make up your mind about the ways to tackle them. It’s simple though. Just make sure that you never stop regardless the responses and comments that try to halt you. Always remember that those ridiculously disgusting people who tries to pull you down is always below your level. So, be proud instead.
Keep your supporters and admirers close; be familiar with your critics and handle the haters with care.
Regarding the expectation and reality thing, what I suggest is, share your stuffs in social media but don’t expect much. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get as many likes, comments and shares you want because in the end, these things don’t matter in your life. They get lost eventually but what remains is the enriched quality that you gain. The thing that matters is that you are improving yourself; you’re exploring yourself.
Respect your readers
One more thing, don’t you ever deceive the readers. Your followers/readers are the most valuable asset you can ever have. So, don’t drag them to your website just for the sake of your revenue generation or to increase your traffic. All you should do is make them read your words and get inspired. Keep the bonding strong forever.
If you are really interested in it like I am, go ahead, you’ll have the finest period of your life.
Write & Inspire!!