Today marks the third month I've been blogging, but no, this post isn't all about that. It was bad enough that I talked about my second month anniversary, and I'll try not to bring up the matter of the life of this blog again until the sixth month, and full year.
The main aspect of this post is how tough it can be to get started up, and how you just have to stick with it. Mostly blogging. One reason I have so many followers is that I followed a lot of blogs, and they followed me back, but now a lot of those blogs are no longer running. Either they didn't get enough of what they actually started their blog for (typically money but I'll spare you my money troubles), they got bored, or they just didn't have enough readers for them to consider it worth their time. This typically means that they were not writing for themselves. I don't exactly write for myself all the time, but I like to think I will keep this stuff going.
When I did first start writing this thing I had one follower, Jesse. Soon I added my sister to those ranks, but I don't think she reads it that much anymore (not necessarily a bad thing), it took a while to really get things going. I've seen blogs come and go, and I'd like to be one that stays.
If you're starting out a blog, then keep at it, it could be worth it in the end. If you've been going for a while and not really got many readers or anything yet, just keep at it. I have myself some dedicated readers who really read pretty much everything I put up, because, for some odd reason, they like it. I'll never fully understand why, but I think them for it, I really mean it, thanks for all your kind words, and just for reading my pathetic words.
When I started this, it was kind of an experiment, but it's gone to be more of an experiment now, it's not even one any more. It's something I want to do, and really, those kind of things don't happen often. Outside of games I want to play at least.
Keep doing what it is you do, and eventually, if you stick at it for long enough, you'll get the things you wanted. It's just sticking with it until then. Like me losing weight, I have a long way to go, but I should stick with it, until I get the results I want. Of course, getting the results you want is no reason to stop!
So, my blogging goals?
1. I don't mind not earning enough money for this to sustain me (that's a very very rough task and it would take ages) but I wouldn't mind having some to give my dad for putting up with me, and for some things I class as things I would consider things I want. I differentiate well between wants and needs to.
2. I would like to be able to have so many readers and commenters I have trouble replying to them. Partly because I want to know if I would still do it, and also I would like to have that many people reading me. I just ran into a blog run by a guy who posts every day, and has been doing so for 2 years. He also has nearly 2000 followers. God I would love that.
3. I want to change the way people think if I can. At the very least, I want to make them think. I want them to consider what I write, I want them to think about it. Maybe even learn a thing or two.
4. Most people today aren't that fond of the written world. This depresses me. I want to give people something they want to read, something they would have fun reading, and most of all, something that makes them want to read more.
In fact goal four and three have no definable end. So I will never actually achieve my goals, which means that I won't ever stop just because I've reached them.