A lot of people don’t understand blogging. I couldn’t blame them, just a little short under two years ago, I didn’t know either.
All I had heard about blogging was from professional bloggers that did movie reviews, or wrote about traveling or cooking. To me, blogging was a job, and I had never considered it personally.
Then one day, a friend sent me the link to a blogger’s site, blogger who wrote short stories, and she (my friend) told me I should give it a shot. I hesitated a bit. I never was one to try drawing attention. I hate to be in the spotlight.
What was the use of blogging if I didn’t want attention? On the other hand, what was the use of writing, if nobody read what I wrote? After all, what were the chances of me getting people to read my silly stuff and stick around, anyway? I had nothing to lose.
I was lucky enough to quickly get the attention of a couple of people, which encouraged me to go on. I looked around a lot too. I followed several bloggers, watching how they worked on their blogs, and what seemed to work for them.
I never really had a style. As I often say, The Cove is a convenience blog. For a long time, I envied people who had a strong theme, and stuck to it, day after day. I probably would have attracted readers quicker if I had been disciplined, and if I had done something that people could have built an expectation for.
The Cove’s débuts were slow. Very slow. It felt as if I was in my own little world. Looking back, it was perfect that way. I doubt I would have been the blogger I am, if I had received too much attention too soon. As a lot of you know already, the most fun I get out of blogging, is the interaction with you all.
I know that some bloggers don’t read a lot of others’ posts. Some don’t really care for comments, and sometimes don’t even allow them. They want to write, and be read, and get the “likes”… It’s a way to blog that I respect.
I couldn’t do it that way. I like to leave a trace when I visit other bloggers, and I enjoy feedback aswell. I try to answer all messages, but I admit I sometimes fall behind, and I hope to catch up someday even if some people get their replies weeks or months after their note was left in my comment box.
At some point, I started bonding with some of you. And I have made friends along the way. Some people come, some people go… Blogs start and die everyday. I realized how “alive” the bloggosphere is.
I doubted my reasons to go on, many times. I wondered if I should stop, and write just for myself, and I always stuck around. I am glad I did. I would miss the network I slowly but surely developped with many of you… I’d miss it terribly. I love exchanging with men and women from such different countries and ages. People with such different faiths, opinions and believes.
I like where I am now. I like that in two years, I never attracted any troll. Things are always positive in The Cove, but not in a Carebear way. And that’s certainly not because of my writing. It is because of all of you, Lovelies!
I like being part of your life, and having you in mine. That is probably the main reason I keep blogging. To throw ideas in the air, and wait to see what happens next! I’ll never be a guru, an inspiration, or a motivator… But if I succeed in entertaining you a little, my job is done!
So, if you stop by, just take a second and say “Hi!” You’ll see, there are lots of amazing people around! Oh yeah, my Cove’s one nice place to hang around!
Thanks to you 🙂