When I first started blogging in 2009 (on my poor, abandoned blog The Sacred and The Profane), I’ll be honest, my goal was fame. Fame, fortune, and publishing legitimacy. I figured if I had a blog that was themed and explored something that was somewhat serious and filled a niche, eventually I’d get some sort of publishing deal that would point to being a legitimate writer. I was a writer! I was paid for it! I could quit my day job and focus on what I really wanted to do!
Somewhere along the line, I started struggling with topics that would fall into my very specifically defined parameters and was not consistent with posting. Like, at all. I would be lucky if I could get a new post up every three months or so. Needless to say, I wasn’t building any sort of audience, much less the elusive legitimacy I was looking for. About two years in, to jump start my creativity I participated in one of those getting to know you 30 day blog things. You know the ones; where you have to answer the same 30 questions as everyone else. I tried to keep it within the theme, but even then I struggled.
I eventually discovered that I wanted to write what I wanted to write. I started The Adventures of Nagzilla and moved to more personal writing. Telling stories from my childhood, my daily round, my interests. I worried less about fitting into a strategy and just wrote from my own authenticity.
And guess what? Nineteen months later, this crazy little blog has hit the milestone of 20,000 views. More than I had envisioned, more than I anticipated, and definitely more than my little circle of friends and family could provide. I know that for a lot of bloggers 20,000 is kinda minor. But for me, I’m thoroughly impressed! And I’ve still never been Freshly Pressed (as one of my students said, “The Oscars® for bloggers”) so the fact that I’ve hit pretty big numbers without the help of any boosts is pretty cool.
The best part of all of this? I actually just enjoy the act of writing. This blog has been my opportunity to vent, it’s been my therapist, it’s allowed me to meet some AMAZEBALLS new people, and it’s given me a chance to make people laugh and learn something new. Mostly about weird shit like Yaoi and Velveeta Breakfast Biscuits, but hey! It’s educational. No, I’m still not published. No, I don’t get paid for any of this. This is a labor of love that still gives me the feeling of being a legitimate writer. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Okay, that’s totally a lie. I would blog either way, but if someone started paying me to do it, I would totally be okay with that. It’s just no longer the primary goal of my blogging.
I don’t have anything to prove anymore. And for that I wanted to thank you all. Thank you for all your support of this weird little venture. Thank you to those who come back and read with each new post, and for those who just stumble upon this blog because you’re looking for things like hefty bags of home fries and My Little Pony porn. Without you I wouldn’t be up to 20,000 views.
So thank you. You guys are amazing! And as a result, starting Tuesday I’m going to have a little contest. With prizes and shit. Because you guys deserve it. Thanks for reading my little vanity project. While the writing itself is the reward, you guys are the frosting on my blogging cake. Thank you! Rawr!