Blogging is tough . It’s part art, part craft, part business, part spiritual experience. It’s a bit of everything, to be honest, which is why it takes an incredible amount of effort to become successful.
And I know how tough it can be when you’ve been punching those keys for months, and no one even bothers to read your blog.
And, most frustrating of all, this is how a blogger’s journey often begins. A steep learning curve, and no feedback whatsoever. It’s like walking around a forest at night, no map, no gps, no flashlight.
And whether you blog to impress, express, inspire, or monetize, the truth is that sometimes you just want to call it quits.
It’s not worth it.
In eight years of blogging, I have almost quit a dozen times.
But I didn’t.
Do you want to know why?
1. Words are powerful. They can even change the world a bit.
Whenever I felt like giving up, something like this happened: someone would comment on a post or send me an e-mail, and they’d thank me for my words. They’d thank me for the motivation, for the inspiration, for the tips, for the courage to share my story…
How could I give up then, when I had just changed the world a bit?
If you believe that changing one person’s life, even if by inspiring them for an entire day, isn’t worth the trouble, then you, my friend… maybe you should give up on your blog.
Words are powerful. Use the right words, in just the right order, and you can even nudge the world a bit.
That’s why we should keep punching those damn keys. We should do so in the hopes that someone, someday, might read those words when they most need them.
2. You can do anything you want with a blank page.
A lot of bloggers give up because they feel they have to write about a certain topic, because they think it’s popular, or it’s going to make them money.
You can write about anything you want, as long as it’s something you’re passionate about.
This free, white space we call a blank page grants us limitless possibilities, and it is our privilege to explore as many of them as we can.
3. Connecting with other bloggers makes the journey worthwhile.
Why do we read?
We read in order to feel less alone. We read because we want to know that someone else thinks and feels and acts the same way we do. We read to find out whether someone else managed to overcome the obstacles we’re struggling with right now.
Networking is not just a tool to gain more readers, networking enables you to inspire and be inspired by like-minded individuals.
That’s why I always advise people to read as my blogs as possible, to comment, to share their thoughts and ideas, to add to the conversation.
If you want to go far, never walk alone.
4. You have yet to tell the world your story.
It would be quite a shame if the story of you that you have been sharing on your blog ended with you losing hope.
When you said it out loud, it almost sounds like a sin.
Blogging is a privilege, because it allows you to share your story with the world. The words you share, the worlds you build, the stories you tell are a whisper into the vastness of this world that you are here, that you are alive, that you have something to contribute.
Stories have the power to be timeless, as long as we have the courage to write them into existence.
Write your story, share it with the world, there are few things in life better than that.
It’s time to punch those damn keys!
I know that you’ve been thinking of giving up, but now it’s not the time. Now, you have to share your story, connect with others, and inspire people.
It’s your duty to do so.