Think back to when you published your first post on your blog, for some it may have been just a few months ago, but for others it is in the distant past. I remember having zero followers and only Dessy and Kote (my wonderful, loyal blog friends) reading my posts. After a few weeks the newness wore off and I started to question what I was doing.
"Why should I write if no one is reading?" was the question on my mind whenever I looked at the empty follower box. For me, I gauged much of my success in the number of followers I had, and I had very few. I was determined to make it work, though. So I kept writing, post after post, and slowly people started following my blog. I remember getting a little burst of excitement the first time someone followed my blog that I didn't know in person. After awhile all those posts that I had written, when all I wanted to do was quit, started paying off. People were actually reading my blog! Not a lot of people, compared to others, but people were reading.
What I really want to say by telling you my little anecdote is that blogging (like everything else) doesn't come with instant success. When I see those blogs with thousands of followers, sometimes I get discouraged, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that feeling. What we must remember is to focus on our own blogs and keep working to improve them, instead of being discouraged by someone else's success. Carefully plant the little blog seeds and keep watering them and give your blog time to grow before giving up. I always get a little sad inside when I see blogs with five or six posts that have been discontinued because the author is too discouraged to continue. DON'T BE THAT BLOGGER!!
What I'm reading: Delirium by Lauren Oliver
What I'm listening to: Frank Sinatra
What I'm watching: Suits