Saturday marked exactly one year since I launched this blog and began my blogging adventure and some people say, it’s only when you hit the one year mark, when you become officially a blogger. So, I guess it’s a mission accomplished for me..? Yay!
Honestly, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started out. Despite being a fun experience for the most part, one that step by step is beginning to open doors I didn’t know existed, it’s not always been easy, I gotta tell you that.
At the beginning, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing, all I knew was I wanted to write. I needed to put my writing energy somewhere as the previous use I had for it was now gone. And with that disappearance I soon realized, if I don’t get to write, I will probably go crazy. I got used to it too much! Putting thoughts on paper has become a vital part of my life and somewhat a therapy, too.
…and then there’s the thing I’ve always wanted to be a writer, more than anything. So, I thought a little practice couldn’t hurt, right?
When I first started out, I didn’t really believe anyone would read my blogs and truth be told, there were not many that did – I wasn’t aware of any of the blogging groups which are so essential for promoting your work. I wasn’t aware of all the ways you could make money from blogging either and I’m not gonna lie, it took me a while to realize I started out all wrong, if I ever wanted to take the blog seriously. But we learn from our mistakes, right? At the beginning, I couldn’t care less.. I was there to write, that’s all. But after some time, it became a bit frustrating. What at the beginning seemed absolutely terrifying – the thought of somebody actually reading my blogs – became an essential desire. I wanted people to read my blogs. If for nothing else, than for their feedback.
It also took me quite a while to properly figure out the main topic of my blog – I just knew movies will be part of it, because that’s my passion, but wasn’t really sure how to handle it. I certainly didn’t want to create another of those reviews blogs.
So when I bought the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and started the challenge, I thought I’m gonna invite the readers on that journey with me. However, VERY soon did I realize, there’s so much more I wanna say… I wanted to inspire people. And not just to watch films (and definitely not just the old ones). But to inspire their lives, too. Hopefully with movies being a helpful tool in achieving that.
So, the most gratifying moments came every time somebody told me they found my writing inspiring and that they will for sure seek out the film I wrote about.
A post that provides a good movie recommendation (how have I also not seen Total Recall?) and also makes you feel good about yourself (‘hey look! I did it! I can do anything!’) – we will call that a Monday win. 🙂
I mean – what more can you wish for?! Those are the kind of feedbacks that make it all worth it! That’s one proof what you do has actually some impact. I was so happy to discover my mission of using movies as tools to inspire was proving to be the right direction.
Best review of Moana I’ve read so far. Linking it up with life lessons is definitely a + for me.
Still, my visitors numbers have not been huge. When you’re starting out, you consider every reader pretty much a miracle. But over time, it can become a bit of an obsession and a source of great frustration.
When your numbers are low or lower than expected, it can become really hard to motivate yourself to carry on and yes, there will be days when you will feel like it’s just not worth it. It takes time to figure out the blogging world, in fact ENORMOUS amount of time! I still feel like I know so very little. But every time I see in my stats readers from countries like Vanuatu, Sri Lanka or sometimes even countries I’ve not heard of (honestly!) it makes it all worth it to me. The idea of my writing reaching so far… even if it’s one person. It’s just kinda epic.
If what you write touches at least one person in this world, if you have at least couple of engaged readers, that’s what truly matters. That’s where you’re truly making a difference. Not with counting the numbers of followers or subscribers who hardly ever return to your blog. So stop obsessing. Building a genuine following takes time. A lot of it in fact – after a year, I’m hardly where I’d like to be, but it doesn’t stop me.
So, please, take my advice and when the pressure hits you, and your stats are low, remember why you started out in the first place. You did not start to be checking out your stats. You probably started out because you wanted to write.. So write. The right people will find you.
And then there’s this amazing added benefit to blogging which alone makes it all worth it – making new friends.
Yes, I had no idea becoming a blogger will bring so much joy into my life and that I’m gonna meet so many like-minded people! Sounds logical, doesn’t it? Well, it just didn’t occur to me – after all, at the beginning I was simply there to write my heart out.
And funny enough, some of those friendships can happen almost by an accident and I’ve learned that those are usually the best – the totally unexpected ones. Like when you approach a fellow blogger who’s writing you enjoy and who’s from Chicago where you’ll be coming in about a month for a holiday and since you haven’t started planning the trip yet, you thought you’d ask for some advice. And then the person offers you to stay in their place without really knowing you and then when you meet you become instant friends. (Hi, Bella!)
How’s that possible? Well, because once you become a blogger, you become a part of a community of like-minded people. That’s right. When you like somebody’s writings, chances are you’re on the same line. These people, will probably understand you better than any of your friends up until now and might become the most special and treasured friends.
But with meeting many inspiring people and making friends online also comes the risk of being used, and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can get fooled. So, don’t trust too easily, and don’t think all of the wonderful people are just great new folks that want nothing from you than to be your friends. At the very first hint of something suspicious or not quite right, just end the conversation, and listen to your gut. Honestly, no matter how long you might be in touch, how many phone calls or face times you exchange, there’s a huge chance you’re being played. Been there and learned the hard way.
So yeah, blogging can make you smile as well as cry, but that’s just part of the process. As at anything, succeeding is not easy, it takes time and a lot of hard work. But it’s worth it, most of the time it’s gonna be fun and not torture 😉
I’ve got to know so many inspiring people thanks to blogging – some I’ve met already and turned into friends and some I really hope to meet sometime soon and I’m so so excited about that prospect!
And this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see what the next year of blogging will bring! Hopefully more of the laughs, and less of the disappointments, though as in anything, they are both part of the process.
To start off the second year of blogging, I have given my blog a brand new look and I intend to take it more seriously, hopefully writing more often, bringing you more material to read and therefore more ways to inspire you so we can all grow together!
Apart from all that I’ve mentioned in my previous blog about things coming up in the near future, there is a new section to be added, too, called Film Journals which shall consist of short & fun commentaries (300 – 500 words) on movies I come across, in a less serious tone. Yep, the primary intention here is to be fun, perhaps even a bit mean sometimes, so please take those with a grain of salt and not as serious reviews… 😉 After all, you know I hate the word review 😀 But more importantly, remember I strongly believe that EVERY movie matters! 😉
So stay tuned! Exciting times are coming!
I can’t thank you enough for being part of this journey so far and for your support and words of encouragement. I truly am grateful for each and every one of you who decides to invest some of their time into reading my words. That to me is an incredible gift, which is not to be taken for granted, because I know how precious our time is for all of us these days..
Lots of love!!
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