Every time I log into WordPress, I have a look at the Freshly Pressed section. I have to be carefully not to feel insecure if my entry has not enough likes, comments, or not make the Freshly Pressed Section itself. I pay attention to book reviews and posts about blogging. I want to pick up inspiration and a few tips. It’s heartening to read I am not the only one keeping a constant vigil in the stats section.
A number of entries caught my eye today:
- One writer’s list of what blogging has taught her.
- An inspiring review of John Bingham’s (‘The Penguin’ and Runner’s World Contributor) book The Accidental Athlete.
- A hilarious, minute-by-minute meditation on what happens after one writer presses ‘Publish’ on a post.
- As a geeky girl, I love hot-men-in-genre posts. Plus anyone who can pull off a Slave Leia costume deserves a hat’s off.
I actually picked up a couple of followers and one of my posts continues add view stats. Will it make me rethink what to focus on? Right now I focus on writing better and for myself first. It sounds selfish, but it cuts down on the perfectionism and keep me going. I already began to think about a number of changes like making the blog spotlight a monthly rather than weekly part of the blog. It’s one of many ideas I juggle into the air until one day things come together to make the change happen.
Go on and have a look at these blogs and say ‘hello’ to the writers. Writing is often a lonely business although the solitude feels deeply satisfying.