On Monday I mentioned that something someone had said caused me to step away from my blog for a moment and I thought I would talk about that today. I even found the most perfect inspirational quote for it too!
Last month I went on vacation with my family. We had a great time, but we got a little homesick. It also confirmed that we would not be happy living in Tennessee. We are just going to stay where we live now…or rather, the same state.
Anyways, on the way home I was talking about my blog. I can’t remember exactly what I was saying. I think I was talking about the author interviews and how I may step away from that part of my blog for a little bit, since I was in a reading slump. Well, my brother decided to make a comment that really struck hard I guess.
He looked at me and says “No one reads your blog.”
I don’t even know why it bothered me so much…maybe because it was someone that I am close to, someone that knows how much I love my blog and writing and sharing my own opinions with the world. My family has always been supportive of things that I do and in this one moment I felt like my own brother had just stabbed a dagger right into the heart of my dreams. It hurt more than it should and I have been fighting with those words for a few weeks now.
I don’t have a lot of followers. I don’t get a lot of views or comments on my posts. But the thing is, there are a few people that read my blogs and some actually enjoy it. My mom reads every post I write, which makes things a little better. Do I wish I had more activity on my blog? Of course I do! Who wouldn’t? But to be honest, this blog started off as something for me to do when I lost my job a few years ago. Then it became a platform for when I query literary agents and publishers. It is also a place where I can express my opinions and feel like I have someone holding me responsible for things I said I was going to do.
Hopefully I have fought the demons away for a little bit and from here on out I can keep my blog active. Maybe I can even learn how to better advertise my blog and get it out in the world. Maybe by the end of the year I will have 500 followers and people that actually leave comments on my blog.
How do you overcome the negative comments of people around you?