While I’ve been blogging in some form or fashion for 6 years, off and on, under different names and have never earned money or generated a “blog famous” platform, I recently learned the most important lesson I think I could learn from blogging.
It’s worth it if it makes me happy.
For a long time my goal was to make my blog generate income and to really make a “mark” in the blogging world for myself. I never really had the follow through or commitment to get to that point, so I never even touched those goals. It was so daunting, so frustrating, and so foreign to me that I was perpetually fed up and uninspired. The words were gone, the joy was gone, and the enthusiasm was gone.
For some reason, I have created a mental block where I feel/felt like my creative hobbies weren’t valuable, worth my time, or justifiable if I couldn’t generate some form of income to show their value. If any of you suffer from this specific affliction you’ll understand how bad of a mindset it is. I’m sure there are lots of people out there with the personalities and drive to succeed and push through regardless of their perception of the situation. I am not one of those people. I let the freedom and mental value of blogging go by the wayside because I couldn’t quantify the value.
I’ve recently come to the realization that it’s value is simply in doing something that makes me happy. By doing things I enjoy, being creative, writing, sharing, doing, I’m reaping so many emotional benefits that it’s more than worth it. These things make me more me. Blogging is worth it because I enjoy writing and sharing and interacting with other bloggers, not because I could maybe make money one day.
I ask you to grant me the grace of running a blog with the intention to NOT make money from it. I will never run this site the way those fabulous and seemingly flawless professional bloggers are able to do, and that’s more than okay. This space is for me, and it’s purpose is fulfilled simply by existing.
What life lessons have you learned recently?
Also, I’ll leave you with my best Blue Steel. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself… what can you do?