So I’ve been having visions recently. Not Sixth Sense kind of visions, though I did watch that movie for the first time (I know right!) the other night. No, I’ve been dreaming of where I can take Greatness Via Passion. If you’re the average hobby blogger reading this post then I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to much of what I’m about to write. But the message at the end will be applicable to all.
This coming May it will be four years since I registered the domain and published my first post. In that time the site has gone through at least a hundred different designs and layouts; I’ve published over 50,000 words and un-published about 20,000; I’ve spent hours and hours laboriously crafting pages and graphics, uploading, deleting and re-uploading photos and, my ‘favourite’ task of all, endlessly moving and modifying widgets via the ‘show’ and ‘hide’ tabs that will forever be the bane of my life.
This is of course not mentioning the many days and many more sleepless nights that I’ve spent writing and re-writing the actual blogs themselves!
Will people even read this?
I’ve written pieces over the years that I thought were sure bets to go ‘viral’. I would pour my heart and soul into them, spend hours crafting each paragraph, sentence, word and letter. And though not possible for a computer to make such a mistake as to miss a dot on an ‘i’ or a cross on a ‘t’ I would still go as far to check such details. I would make sure that I would post it at the right moment, share it at peak social media times and yet still, despite all of this, my blog largely remained a mystery to the masses.
Helloooo? Huffington Post???
It’s been easy at times to stop writing. Much has happened that gave me every reason to cease these passionate pursuits. But there’s been something deeper, a passion so great and so important that somehow greatnessviapassion.com has managed to endure. It is this passion for the message I share and the satisfaction it brings me to share, that I am driven to perfect its’ delivery and maximise its’ reach. But this of course takes time and most of all, patience.
Some days I will look at the stats and only ten people (or less – cringe) will have stopped by to read my ramblings. In these moments I’ll look through some other blogs for inspiration only to find one that’s had ten…. thousand likes, let alone just ten thousand views. It’s just a bit of a step up. I’ve tried to study these blogs to see what works for them and largely it remains a mystery. The ins and outs of coding, search engine optimization and all the other little tricks of the trade is all a bit over my head.
I just want to write! I just want to change the world…
It is easy to feel discouraged when looking at these other ‘successful’ bloggers’ blogs. They are this well oiled machine with slick graphic design, faultless menu systems, expert social media integration and intuitive pop ups that make us (well, me at least) think, ‘Hell yeah I want to give you my email address and receive your weekly newsletter!’
If only I could be as awesome, as inspiring, as world changing and as ‘perfect’ as that blog!
Here we begin a dangerous game… Perhaps blogging has in this instance become a metaphor for life. We are constantly spurred on to climb, up and up; life tells us this is how we should be. Constantly dreaming, constantly aspiring for something beyond what we presently have. But as we climb that mountain looking only at its’ peak we forget not just how far we have come (I’ll spare you the cliche) but the fact that we even made it on the mountain to begin with.
When we part our gaze from the glorious [and often false] summit above us, pausing in our admiration for those who stand upon its crown, only then do we notice those who are following in our footsteps or admiring our progress from below; those who are looking to us for their inspiration. We must never underestimate the inspiring impact we are having on the people around us; whether that be one or one million, it does not matter.
Keep spreading your love and your passion. And if you are a blogger, keep blogging no matter how discouraging at times the stats may be. Numbers are not important. Passion is. And the world needs more passionate people like you and I.
‘If we all inspired just one person every day, just one, imagine how different the world would look a few years from now.’
Greatness Via Passion.
Are you also a blogger? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what spurs you on to continue writing despite the difficulties faced in building up your following. And don’t forget to subscribe 😉
About The Author (That’s me!)
I’m 22 years old, live in the land down-under and am a writer, sometimes speaker and beyondblue Ambassador. Fun fact: I’ve only missed one Summer, northern and southern hemispheres, in the last four years! You can say G’day on Twitter or Instagram or read more about my story here 😀