Happy 10 years to me! I have been blogging since 2006 and I have transitioned from being a giddy follower-addict blogger to a pay per post blogger, to a blogger on payroll and well, a blogger who writes whatever whichever!

As a blogger on payroll, it became extremely hard for me to keep up because you only get to blog things that are related to very limited stuff like travel if you’re paid by a travel agency, fashion if you’re paid by a fashion store, OR food if you’re employed by a restaurant chain. Pay per post is the same, it’s hard when you’re supposed to post pre-made write ups with very minor modifications allowed.

“Where have all my objective reviews gone?!! Pooof! Along with my integrity.”

So I decided to write for me.

In my 10 years of blogging, all I can say is don’t care much about the no. of followers, WRITE FROM THE HEART – THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS. Some people read your posts, some do not; regardless if you’re on their reader. Some do not have time to be all O/C about their blogrolls but they do read your writings. Some don’t even know that they have to click the follow button, some don’t even know where it is; and yet they read your posts! The important thing is you write what inspires you to write regardless of your mood. We don’t need to apologise for not posting because blogging isn’t an obligation. It is a part of you that you share to others to certain extent. Don’t require yourself to post for the heck of it because you’d end up like me, deleting millions of crap because I have imported tons of nonsense from my old handle.

NOT ALL LIKERS ACTUALLY LIKE YOUR POSTS. DON’T FEEL BAD IF YOU DON’T HAVE LIKES. WHEN FEELING DOWN BECAUSE OF MINIMAL LIKES, ALWAYS ASK YOURSELF, WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Lastly, don’t treat your readers as fans. They read your posts and they really take time to understand them. Building a community isn’t about receiving comments and likes, it’s about communicating and talking about what’s been written and your thoughts about it… Treating your readers as fans would make them feel small. They’d eventually disappear.

I am happy I reached 10 years! God is good!

(This post was originally posted in genesisthe1st.com on 24 July 2016)

Published by Maria Clara