Plain and simple, I want my blog to do big things.
I want to grow, I want to succeed, I want to be a household name in the blog world.
Now, I want to preface this by saying that I didn't start this blog with any of those aspirations, and I mean that with every fiber of my being. Quite honestly, I didn't even know there was a possibility for blogs to find success and, really, my expectations have been far, far exceeded already. Granted, I suppose it's not really difficult for zero expectations to be exceeded, but I think you can catch my drift on where I was going with that. What I mean is that once I saw the possibilities of where doing something I was already so passionate about could take me, the motivation to strive to grow and succeed took over and I realized I was ready to take this unicorn by the horn.
Really though, a lot my energy, thoughts, and passion go into this blog and one of the main reasons behind that is because I'm able to feed off of amazing readers, comments, tweets,
The honest truth behind all of this energy, and these thoughts, and this passion, is that it's not easy. Some weeks I would rather watch the same episode of Toddlers in Tiaras twenty times over, while Glitzy the pig squeals non-stop in my ear, before coming to this blog and writing in the big, white, empty box that awaits me 5 mornings a week. Then there are the days where I just have absolutely nothing to say, or if I do I feel it isn't good enough, and those are the days I get down on myself and feel like I am failing at something I love doing so much. All writers experience that from time to time though, it's just the nature of the beast, I believe.
I like to think it's okay to want all of these things and that it's okay to want to take that next step into growing your blog. I mean, there wouldn't be eleventy thousand books on how to grow and monetize your blog if it wasn't something that the majority of us wanted, right?
It's okay to want your blog to be successful.
And I don't think that's something we should feel the need to hide from admitting. Most of us who have been knee deep in blogging for at least 6 months can't deny that we sit here watching our stats and numbers, stalking our inboxes for comments, pimping our posts, networking with others, and on and on and on. They're are all stepping stones we have to plot in order to be that household name we strive to be, I feel. We have to fight for the goals and the victories, whether they're as small as making it through 5 posts a week or as big as being published in a large publication, but it's a really fun fight because it's a fight of passion.
Though I may have started doing this with zero of the intentions I mentioned up at the beginning of this post, they've managed to form over the course of the year and however many months I've been running this blog and now I'm invested. And I mean invested in the best way possible because, without this blog, I'm 112% confident I wouldn't be in the place I love so much about life right now. I've found my voice and, most of all, myself through this blog and that right there fuels my fire to continue trying to grow and make it as successful as I'm humanly capable of.