I started this blog a few months ago, and I’m really enjoying it.
I love looking for ideas… thinking of things I can write about… having a lightbulb moment when I realize I have learnt something and maybe I could write a blog post about it.
It’s really exciting to me, and I’m enjoying the whole process.
The only thing that is making me a feel a bit crap is… ahem…
…my blog stats.
What I tell myself…
It doesn’t matter if people are looking at your blog or not! You’re not doing it to get thousands of followers and make huge amounts of money!
(Well, not yet 🙂 My main aims are to try something new, and put down some ideas for a workshop series I’m planning to run.)
But every now and then, I check my stats, and end up feeling a bit down about them.
No views at all this week! What?!
One viewer from Germany?! Oh, hang on – that’s my brother 🙂
Especially when I look at other blogs and see tons of comments, likes, and visitor numbers that are way, way higher than mine, and they’ve been writing for about a week…
(I’m not saying this to make you feel sorry for me or read my blog, by the way. I’m just trying to be honest!)
Most of the time I don’t worry about it, but it does feel more worthwhile when I log on and find that someone has liked a post, or I’ve had ten views more than the previous week.
So recently I decided to be bold, and actually say who I am, and put my blog address on my email signature.
I was worried at first that people would think I’m a douche…
Oh look at her, advertising her free wordpress blog like she’s famous…
And then I thought, FUCK it.
If I’m too scared to do an email signature, I’ll certainly never get to the places I want to be in life!
I’ll be holding myself back all the time, worrying about what other people think.
So now my (amateur) email signature proudly hosts my blog address, and a quote of the week, because I love quotes.
And you know what?
I have got more views on my blog!!! 🙂
So at this point you might be thinking:
Yes of course you have more views on your blog, if you’re telling people about it!
And you would be right to think that 🙂
Sometimes it takes me a while to get things 😉
But my point is that if you want something, sometimes you have to start telling people about it.
Maybe everyone knew this apart from me 🙂
But hang on…
I don’t mean for situations like trying to conceive, or if you have a family member who is ill – those things are out of your control, and it would just be upsetting telling everyone in your vicinity.
I mean for those personal goals, or those dreams.
You might think they’re stupid, or weird, or insignificant.
But talking about them somehow sets off a spark – a chain reaction.
(I guess I’m poorly describing the butterfly effect, haha 🙂 )
But wait – I’m being serious…
If you start talking about your wants and wishes, things start happening. (Talking – not moaning, by the way. Very important.)
You’ve always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro..?
Want to go to Australia but don’t have enough money..?
Want to set up a group in your community, but have no idea how to go about it..?
Want to raise some money for a charity you really respect..?
Or just want some goddamn sleep..?!
Start mentioning it to people, and before you know it, someone sends you a link to a Facebook group set up for the same thing…
…or an article they read about someone who did something similar,
…or introduces you to someone they think you might want to talk to,
…or offers to help in some way.
Give it a try!
You’ve got nothing to lose. And I mean nothing.
But an absolute fuck ton to gain!
What’s the worst situation?
You tell people about a dream, and they laugh at you?
Bop them over the head! How dare they crush your dream! (Dream-crushers make my blood boil…)
It doesn’t end up happening?
At least you had the dream.
(When you stop dreaming, you gotta be worried, in my opinion.)
This actually reminds me of how I got into my acting group… I told a friend I was thinking about acting, even though I’d never done anything like it before, and a few weeks later, she saw a flyer for my current acting group… Cool!
So do some testing. Start telling people about your dreams.
And see what comes back.
Let me know what you put in motion! 🙂