In the end it really is all about walking the walk, right?
I write because I find it therapeutic. And also because the process of writing out my thoughts often helps me find answers to lingering questions.
I share these stories with you in the hopes that they may provide a little bit of inspiration for similar challenges you may be facing.
They are just words, but they are the words that tell the story of my actions. Of the life I’m living. Of the walk I’m walking.
Some days, I worry about being judged too self-indulgent for sharing details about my journey.
I’m fully cognizant of the number of times I use the word, “I” in any given post. Try as I might to avoid the “me, me, me”-centricity of this blog, I always arrive back at square one, which is that this blog is about me and my journey. How can I tell my story without talking about my life?
I suppose I could take another approach, and just share some motivational memes, clever pictures, or funny sentiments. There are plenty to choose from on Pinterest, and I’m sure we’ve all seen many blogs that do exactly this. Funny thing is, those very same bloggers have 5 times the readership than I do.
So I vacillate between the type of content that I feel drawn to share — the feelings, worries, joys, struggles of my real journey — and the type of content that seems to draw more “success” in the form of visits and followers.
I won’t lie, I would love to have more readers. As I’ve shared in previous posts, I dream of assembling this year of sweat journey into an e-book in 2014. A larger audience here on my blog would most certainly serve me well in that endeavour.
So does it make sense to adopt the less-is-more, just share-a-Pin-and-Ta-Da!-publish-your-post, approach?…
Maybe, but… I am totally confounded as to how anyone would find that type of blog interesting, let alone compelling, given they generally contain zero original content or thought.
And yet, many of these blogs have thousands of readers. Makes me scratch my head.
I love that my small, but very engaged, readership gets so involved with my posts. You tell me what you think. You cheer me on. You tell me to keep going. You tell me to ease up. You share what you’re up to. You tell me about your experiences. And that freaking rocks.
I love that the blogs I read are people who walk the walk.
Some write about their real life experiences. Some write fictional tales that draw me in. Some share their beautiful photography, often accompanied by a meaningful story. And some use their creativity to draw sweet cartoons that perfectly capture life’s precious moments.
All of them feature original content. And all of them add value to my day.
So for now, I’ll keep it business as usual here at My Year of Sweat, but I’d love to hear your thoughts (particularly those of my fellow bloggers). Do you struggle with content and approach as you try to balance what feels right for you versus what you know drives more traffic?
As always… Get moving!