When I first started my blog in 2012, it wasn’t for follows. In fact, I didn’t even know that people could follow me until the topic came up during a job interview in which I wore heels that were probably too high and a face that was likely too made up!
It wasn’t about sponsored posts, becoming a brand ambassador or any other benefits that comes along with blogging nowadays. I was just a broke communications graduate that no one would hire. I figured that blogging would be the perfect way to vent my frustrations while creating some
great writing samples in the process.
After receiving rejection letter upon rejection letter, and pitching some successful and unsuccessful article ideas to various media outlets, I decided that whether anyone hired me or not, I was going to write. If people read my posts or not, I was going to tell a story. I wrote about everything from how I spent my weekends to how irritating and offensive it was (and still is) when my co-workers and others would attempt to touch my hair and, of course fashion!
Since then, I changed my blog’s name from Life of the College Grad (who I was at that time) to A Black Girl About Town, a name that suits who I am today. I post because I want to, not because I feel like I have to and I suck at sharing my posts via social media, although I’m trying to get better at that. I say all of that to say this; I’m guilty at times of letting the politics of blogging get to me.
We live in a day and age where sadly, success is measured by the number of followers you have. It can be discouraging at times for anyone, especially those of us who are serious about our craft but may not have a huge following. When I found myself bogged down recently with numbers, stats, monetization, etc, I was reminded of why I started blogging in the first place.
The goal never was to be a blogger. As a writer, it was always about encouraging others through written word. The blog just so happened to be the platform that allowed me to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to one day get paid for what I enjoy doing. But I never want that desire to consume me to the point where it takes the fun out of blogging. So, if I never gain a large number of followers or land a sponsorship, that’s okay! That wasn’t the goal. Remember why you started!
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Let’s talk. Have you experienced these feelings as a blogger? How do you handle them?
-A Black Girl About Town