I have been blogging, on and off, for many years. I started my first website when I was eleven years old, with the help of my father, who taught me the basics of HTML. I taught myself basic CSS and web design. I have started more websites and blogs than I can count.
My first website was a Harry Potter themed website, where people could join a house and take part in basic activities.
To my surprise, it got quite a few visitors (remember, this was over ten years ago). Then I lost interest, and the site went down.
I started my second website when I was part of a guild on Neopets.com. Neopets gave (and still does!) users the opportunity to create guilds, and small websites to host your guild activities. I taught myself how to use HTML and CSS, and coded my entire website in one notepad document. Again, I was surprised by how many hits my website got each month. But again, I lost interest and down it went.
Since then, I have started and stopped countless blogs, mostly about books, but also relating to planning, travel and lifestyle. And each and every time, I stopped writing after a while, and the blog died a slow and painful death.
Why? Because life got in the way. But mostly, because it’s incredibly difficult to break into the blogosphere as a new blogger.
When I was a child, I was ecstatic when I received five hits in a week. I thought I was the Queen of the Internet. As a teenager, I focused too much on page views, comments and likes. And that’s exactly what caused the downfall of all my previous blogs.
When I decided to come back to blogging with Pagefuls, I told myself I would stop caring about how many hits I got every week, and focus only on content that I enjoyed writing. Of course, I’m still thankful for everyone who reads my posts, and euphoric every time someone decides to follow Pagefuls. But my main focus is on writing quality posts that I’m proud of, that I enjoy writing.
I realised that there is always going to be a blog bigger and more popular than mine.
I read other people’s blogs because I’m curious about their opinions on a book, and not because I want them to read mine. I comment on posts because being part of the book community is what blogging is all about for me, not because I’m hoping for another page view.
And honestly, it’s the best thing I ever did. I enjoy reading more, and I enjoy writing more. At the end of each of my posts, I ask for my readers’ opinions, not to improve the popularity of my blog, but because books have always been my first love, and there is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing that with the world.