Often when I mention my blog, people tune me out. That’s okay. Many times when I invite people to read my blog, they smile and say, “That sounds cool, but I don’t have time to read,” and then they tell me about something else they read on Facebook. It’s okay.
If you don’t read my posts, it doesn’t hurt my feelings.
I write for myself and for those who do need the messages I compose.
I write for the opportunity to share my experiences and the lessons learned in daily events.
I write for other educators and farmers. We have the toughest careers there are. Someone has to get our message out there.
I write for the moms and dads who find joy and frustration in the role of parent and hopefully provide comfort in knowing that we’re not alone in our parenting struggles.
I write for those who suffer from self-doubt, worry, and guilt. We need to let that stuff go and hopefully my posts help others (as well as me) move on from that negativity.
Another blogger recently posted in the Community Pool that he didn’t understand why people weren’t reading his awesome work. I checked out his site. The work was pretty darn good. I commented back that he needed to keep at it. His writing was great; he just needed to have patience. He couldn’t let it hurt his feelings. The time would come when his work would be found and appreciated by the masses. (BTW that blogger had more than double my followers; so I felt silly for writing my comment, but I think he needed a boost.)
If you do read my posts, thank you. I hope you find joy, motivation, or consolation in the messages. Please do share my work, if you know someone who would benefit from my writing. Please do comment or “Like” posts that you relate to or enjoy.
If you are a writer or an artist, don’t let it hurt your feelings when others aren’t immediately turned on to your work. They will come around and it will be that much sweeter when they become fans. Appreciate your talents and celebrate yourself. Keep creating. You will make something that throttles them with your awesomeness. Don’t become bitter. Don’t quit.
At a recent blog talk, one of the attendees asked how I found the courage to put my work “out there” for people to read. I told her that the willingness to share what we create doesn’t just require courage. It requires creativity, confidence, courage, and a healthy dose of crazy.
It doesn’t hurt my feelings when people don’t read my posts. It inspires me to continue writing so that I find the inspiration to write something that will MAKE them read. 🙂
Put your energy and intent today into creating something you want to share. Don’t do it for recognition or recompense. Do it in hopes that you will make a connection with someone else. Do it for those you love. Do it for yourself.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. The amount of crazy it takes to share our work varies among attempts. 🙂