Shake it Off Friday
Happy Friday! We’re in the mountains this weekend, enjoying some time with friends in the snow. The high on Saturday is supposed to be 21 degrees! Eeekkk… talk about fuzzy socks and oversized sweaters weather. This week was an average week, nothing big or exciting happened. Except the hubby’s birthday was yesterday, happy birthday my love!
But there was something that happened that inspired this post. I don’t want to go into details, just because it’s not worth it and that isn’t the point I’m trying to get to. But I found out about some unkindness in regards to my blog. It hurt, a lot. Something I love to do, am doing for me and that I enjoy doing was being criticized. It was a slap in the face and I ended up writing an open letter to get my feelings out about it. I wrote it to be cathartic, but debated posting it.
I reached out to my blogging friends about all of it and guess what happened? I was overwhelmed with support, love, and (sadly) understanding. Because it had also happened to lots of them. Blogging is a very vulnerable thing, you’re putting yourself out there for the world to see and you’re opening yourself up to the world. It’s a harsh reality to face and can be overwhelming. But you know what? I still love my blog and I love the process. Even if I encounter some A-holes along the way. I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but we all prefer constructive criticism over intentional negativity.
So today I’m going to share some of my favorite things about blogging, because I want to put positivity into your day where I can, and because as T-Swift would say “The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”
The Community -
Overwhelmingly this is my favorite thing. I can’t even begin to explain how supportive everyone in my blogging tribe is. We’re all working for readers, followers, to be heard and yet there is no competition. Only support and pride in one another.
The Work -
I never thought blogging would be work, but it is. It is finding followers, writing, social media, making relationships, staying relevant and more writing. It keeps me busy and that is exactly the way I want it. I put the time and energy in because I love it and I want it to grow. Not because I am pressured to.
The Me-Ness -
This blog is mine first. Yes, readers make it worthwhile. But at the end of the day I’m writing for me. I’m writing as a creative outlet, something to tell my story, to meet new people, to just be myself.
The Inspiration -
It seems silly and this may only make sense to me. But be it good or bad, my life is my inspiration and I love it. I love everything that happens to me. Everything is inspiration that makes me want to write. Without it I wouldn’t grow and I wouldn’t learn and I surely wouldn't have Simply Annie.
The Support -
My friends and family have supported me and my blog from the beginning. They have read every post, given me honest criticism and advice. They have cheered for me and supported me which has kept me writing. Even when I’ve felt silly, or discouraged, they have been there.
I started Simply Annie three short months ago, but it feels so much longer. I’ve learned so much in these months and I know that I’m on the the tip of this huge iceberg. I cannot wait to see where else this takes me and to all the people supporting me and loving it: thank you! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.