I've been writing on average about two posts a week ever since I arrived home from my Disney World trip. The two posts would end up being entirely different from each other; one of the posts would be writing and the other would often be thoughts, my life, or photography, and out of all of the categories I post, "Thoughts" is the least popular one, probably because of the downing serious tone I make.
I'm not always a serious person, and to people who know me in real life, it may have seemed like it at first when I met them. But when I'm out with friends "in the real world", some people in my life call it, I'm honestly not as serious. I sing out loud in public at the most inappropriate times, and when I try to play charades I always associate what I am acting out with yoga movements. (My Ancient Civilization teacher warned me to not to hit or drop something while doing this.)
I'm a weird kid, but I don't mind. It is better to be weird and unique even by just a teensy fraction, than normal but just ordinary.
Here's the thing though: when I started blogging, my goals were to get my voice out and to potentially inspire someone, a sort of motivation that a dreamer would have. That goal has, and still is, being reached today, but I notice that I get less but more meaningful comments on my thought posts compared to the plentiful but simple comments on other posts. And that's when a tough thought comes in:
Do you value quantity or quality? (And when I mean quality, that doesn't necessarily mean DSLR gorgeous photos. I mean something deeper within that.)
If you're like me, you would want both, but the decision is more complicated than that. The two won't always balance each other out. The decision suffers Goldilocks syndrome: too hot, too cold, and just right.
There was a blogger from the last of the tight knit blogging communities, as she tend to call it, who wrote about how the blogging community's fire has nearly gone out, how now we aren't writing, we are just sharing; how we are now leaving small comments than huge thoughts on blog posts, and that's only a summary of it. I won't link her blog, since it's been awhile since she has posted and the fact that she has mixed feelings about blogging now.
I was deeply affected, in a good way, and so I decided to contact the blogger and they have replied back, and the insight that they gave me, in all of the messy shebang of words (which I love completely; order within disorder is my sort of thing sometimes) was very deep. Finally, I understood.
It's easy to lose sight of the reasons you originally wanted to do something because you are so caught up in reasons that you never realized had existed before. It reminds me of the song "Top of the World" by Greek Fire; it sings about how this person seems like they have everything they ever wanted in the world but in reality they don't. The intentions in which you once had are now being clouded by the thought of "More."
I envy new bloggers only by a small fraction. I know that envy is bad, but they have it easy: they are new and young, trying to make a name for themselves in the blogging world. They have so many new ideas and aspirations for what they want to do, and most of all, they are the one's most resistant to the urge of wanting a huge gain of followers. I constantly visit so many new bloggers' blogs and they always ask me, "How do you get more followers?"
The answer is: There is no guarantee formula that will get you followers at a rapid pace. There really isn't. Ultimately though, did you not start blogging because it was your choice to do so I the first place, for the fun and the freedom? We all started with quality. Now we crave for quantity. I shall quote at some of the advice the blogger of the last blogging community has given to me which I think you should all read:
"You in the general sense as in any blogger shouldn't care too much about their numbers, but also you specifically because of your personality, because the people following your blog will be like you and you'll have those deep connections with your readers and that will satisfy you. It should go without saying but i don't know you so this could be totally wrong, but that's just kind of the vibe I'm getting. If you work at creating those deep connections, your blog will be completely satisfying to you even if you never get 10,000 followers. Hope that makes sense...?"
She also said to go for something different. Some days I have to admit I am guilty of dumping photos, but or these summer months I am going to strive to create something more for the raw but deep authenticity to shine through. You can kind of think of it as, "Art is only true of art when the creator feels the emotion too."
So, this summer I will be striving to write posts that will not just satisfy you all, but posts that will satisfy me too. I'm glad to say that I will be collaborating with some of the most talented people I know; you'll see some of our posts during June and July.
Let's try to create something new, something different, something innovative, raw, and authentic. Because we as writers, bloggers, and photographers, are capable of much much more.