The impossible journey

one_wordWhen I first started this blog back in April 2012 I had absolutely no plan whatsoever. I had tried blogging for a few weeks back in January 2011, but it didn’t work out because I couldn’t find any readers.

The thing is, the Internet is pretty much a bizarre world. Yes, you’ve got millions and millions of people, so the potential is there, but at the same time you can’t stop asking yourself how on Earth are all these people going to find you among so many others who are doing kind of the same thing?

So, instead of focusing your time and energy on what you’re doing, you keep trying to find something unique and brilliant, something no one else has ever thought of doing before.

When I first started blogging I knew that I would never give up. Don’t ask me why, I just knew. I didn’t know what I would write about, but I knew I’d try to write almost daily about something. After all, there’s always something to write about if you search. Anyway, I had no real plan, I just knew I wanted to self-publish a bunch of books.

At first, as it was expected, no one read me. My first few blog posts, I wrote a few book reviews, set up an account on Goodreads, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account. I connected with my old followers on Wattpad, but that was pretty much it.

And it did seem like an impossibly difficult journey. I simply couldn’t understand how successful bloggers such as David Gaughran, The Bloggess, or Catherine Ryan Howard could possibly have become so successful. You see the number, those tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, but it feels like a vague concept.

You understand the number but not its meaning.

And, at first, when you’re getting a handful of likes and comments, it does feel meaningless. You write a brilliant post, and you want the entire world to read it. You want it all, and you want it now, but you only get two or three comments.

That’s when you have to force yourself to keep going.

Perseverance is one of the rarest qualities in humans.

Things will soon pick up, as long as you’re consistent. As long as you write what you want, and stay true to whatever it was your readers saw in you.

That’s it, actually.

I know people want to know how to write, when, and what kind of software to use. I know people want the easy way, and they want the fastest way too. But there’s no such thing.

I write short essays about what it means to be an artist. I sometimes write about different stuff, that I either witness or experience, but I’m mostly an artist’s artist. I write about the process and the struggles, and for whatever reason, people like it.

That’s all I know. Other than that, yes, I’ve wanted to give up, especially when I found myself involved in too many things at once, or when I was forced to work part time as a waiter, or when a book launch didn’t go as planned. Sometimes it felt like standing still, other times it felt as if the road was just too long.

Probably that’s when you simply have to stare back and see what you’ve accomplished so far.

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24 thoughts on “The impossible journey

  1. I’ve been blogging in earnest a little over a year. I’m sometimes uncomfortable with thinking and appealing. I have decided to take some time off from posting and read and comment more on other– especially those who are new to this space.

  2. You seriously read my mind to me just now. I feel like my writing is way better than the following it has. In 5 months I have 165 followers, like seriously? lol. I don’t care though. I love writing poetry, about my travel experiences, and about my journey through myself, so I will continue writing even if I start getting 0 likes on all my posts! Have to enjoy what I do at the end of the day regardless of if no one else does.

  3. I have been tapping into professional blogging for almost a year now. I have had thoughts of giving up, but the reason I kept going is that I do not want to wasted all the investment i have put in before, so your last sentence is the music and inspiration to me.

  4. So. Incredibly. Relatable.
    I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head with the newbies fears and frustrations – I’m in my second week of blogging, and while in my first week I was very, very active all over the place, commenting, posting, maintaining multiple social media accounts – and it did wonders. I had replies and comments and gained myself 21 followers.
    And then this week I had my first day where no one came to visit my lil blog. I knew it was reasonable, i expected it even, as I scheduled a handful of days before my next post went up, but I guess some part of me – some narcissistic little nugget was convinced that after I put in so much work, 4 entire days setting up my layout and format and network, that i would be special enough to pull views every day.
    It was a sad moment of reality clobbering me across the face, but a necessary one.
    You cant get the pay off right away. It doesnt work like that.
    Awesome post. Inspiring ^-^

  5. Great advice! It also depends on the type of writer you are. Everyone has a different appeal and some niches are fuller than others. I mean, the teen fiction market is SUPER competitive, but I’m not giving up. We all have to start from somewhere and no matter how long it takes, I think it’ll be worth it.

  6. It is encouraging to read success stories of this nature for those like myself who are just starting out, or struggling to gain traction and momentum.
    It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Edison: “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.” and also the old adage: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
    Thank you for posting this message to encourage all of us.

  7. Really great post. I’m so pleased to have read it.
    I’m a newbie and it’s very disheartening at times.
    And even worse, I’ve found myself obsesssed in checking to see if I have any likes at times. (Not good)
    It’s nice to know that it’s just the way of the blogging world, and not necessarily that my blogs are boring lol
    Thank you.

  8. I am sorry to disagree with you completely. If simply working hard was the answer to all questions, it’d be a very dull world. I know it’s a taboo to speak openly about such things, but marketing, socialising, tagging, peer-to-peer networking, advertising play a far more important role than just plain sticking to it.
    Though they don’t work unless you can actually write something worth reading. The deal is that once you’ve worked long enough in a particular field, you’ll learn the tools of trade. But yeah, working hard is a very hard job.

  9. Thank you for writing this. As someone very new to blogging and highly apprehensive about putting my thoughts out there where, potentially, anyone can see them and judge me, pass or fail me, this is very inspiring. Also, I cannot begin to thank you for reading one of my posts, it’s been the highlight of the day for me :).

  10. It’s great to know that we all pretty much go through the same doubts and fears about publishing our work, well done for voicing it so clearly. Although we sometimes feel alone we know there is an unknown audience out there who is reading our thoughts and, like songs, One blog that helps one person is enough validation to keep going, so let’s all keep writing!

  11. This is why I follow you ,Cristian, for your directness. No hype, no spin, no complicated marketing ploy. You tell it how it is, and if you want something you ask in a simple polite way. I am a persistent person so I will never give up. Right now everywhere I look is impossible, everything in my life is… I feel like using a rude word. But thanks for bothering, the title of this post is very good. You Rock!

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