For bloggers, we write because we have passion about a topic(s) that resonate with us. Something that we know something about. I once heard that "everyone knows something about something". You know what.. I absolutely believe that is true ! I'm not great at many things, but what I can do.... is write.
As a kid growing up, my parents bought a computer for me and amongst my somewhat cerebral tendencies, a connection was made. From then on, I was hooked on computers and then the internet came and that too manifested into another level of this connection that I made to the technical world. Who knew ? Who knew the hold that it would have on me. Who knew how that would change everything for me going forward and that no matter what the "plan" was for me, this connection to computers, to the internet, to eventually building websites and learning SEO and now.. blogging... would become more than just a hobby and something to do. It would lead me to enter a world.. the blogosphere.. where I have my own voice, where I could speak to others through my own words and thousands would come to me.. just to listen.
I am a blogger.
The funny thing about blogging even though I haven't been doing it long is that like anything else, if you do it like you care, people will want to be a part of what you do. If you can take something that people are doing and show the existing community that you are different even if you're talking about the very same topics many others are writing about... the effort and passion that you exude and quality control and expectations that you place on the work attached to your name will matter and others will see that too.
In the world of blogging, I can't find any other way to say this.. but I'm still a nobody. That's not to say that I have any self esteem issues. If you knew me personally, you'd find that hard to believe anyway and would find it the farthest thing from the truth. With that said, self esteem isn't the issue here.. it's simply a reality. I don't rank for the competitive terms the more established bloggers do. My blog isn't even 2 years old at the time of writing this post. You can't find me in any large syndicated editorial publications, and yet the most interesting thing happened to me.
Jeff Bullas of jeffbullas.com followed me on Flipboard yesterday.
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The big question is why ? The Candid Writer blog is about helping other bloggers through blogging.. maybe he saw something that resonated with him ? Nevertheless, in regards to my intentional desire to help other bloggers, I would like to think that I am progressing towards that goal with each post and piece of content that I publish online. I'll be the first to say that I wonder at times if that's really happening, but it doesn't stop me from writing. I don't stop publishing content because "I BELIEVE" in what I'm doing. I once heard a quote from Simon Sinek and it resonated very deeply within me. He said, "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it."
If there's nothing else that people take away from my blog, I write with every intention to "help". Granted, as a blogger, we all need to make money hence why we are all seeking ways to monetize our blogs whether it's through direct services, sponsorships, advertising or affiliate marketing. That's just one one of those necessary things that exist as a byproduct of owning a blog. However, with that said, without an audience, without the interest to answer questions that interested parties have, the point of blogging doesn't even become a conversational piece at all.
I wrote a piece this summer that took me 6 weeks to write. When I started, I really wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I wanted to make a top 100 list. However, it was just about making the list. I wanted something that I genuinely felt would help other people that were struggling to get traffic to their websites. To think back on the effort invested in that post and realize that I spent just over 6 weeks to write it doesn't even seem like it was something that "I really did" and that's just me being honest about it. That's a lot of time and commitment to something that doesn't guarantee a monetary return of any kind other than the satisfaction of knowing that you finished it.
However, after it was done, I got noticed by bloggers like Sue Anne Dunlevie, Brian D. Hawkins and even communicated with bloggers like Seth Godin and Evan Carmichael in regards to it.
I may never know the reason why someone.. that being me.. with a blog that is in such infancy would attract the attention of a notable and well established blogger like Jeff Bullas, but I acknowledge that it is certainly complimentary and I appreciate his recognition.
With that said, this blog post certainly deviates a little from what I would typically publish, but I felt that a post would encompass the events of yesterday with his follow more comprehensively and serve as a place of reference for anyone else that is blogging in hopes of getting similar recognition.
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