It was early yesterday when I posted one of my short stories on WordPress. I had it all written just the way I had wanted it. I posted it, and later came back to find that it had not received one like. Later that evening, I was reading a post about ‘how to be a successful blogger.’ For a minute, I had thought to myself, “Maybe my post truly is not what it should have been?”
Honestly, I had posted many writings on Facebook way before ever discovering WP, and I became very concerned about how many ‘likes’ I would receive. I became overly concerned about how people would view me through my words, photos and content of the writing. I would stress over who, out of the number of ‘friends’ who were more like acquaintances, would, and wouldn’t react by giving me a ‘single thumb-up,’ or a ‘heart.’ It would make me think differently about certain people. It would cause me to form an opinion of them over a stupid emoji or symbol appearing below my writing. Or even worse, not appearing.
It is very ridiculous to me. I had a great awakening to the reality of Facebook. It is a false reality. Most of the content is childish memes. Stupid rants. People’s drama. Hey, at least we get to share photos with our family and friends who we don’t get to actually hang out with like we did back before social media took over.
I just want to write. I’m not perfect, and I no longer try to bring in a thousand likes by creating a “perfect blog.” I share who I am. Putting a lot of emphasis on what I’m not, by strategic planning and executing my writings within the blogging community is just not for me. If you enjoy reading my posts, then expect error. If you don’t want to read because of my imperfections, then move along. I am passionate about writing from the heart. I am sharing who I am, where I have been and the ups and downs along the way in order to show others just how we all can become more of what God would like. Self-reflection. Humility. Love. Joy. Frustration. Opinion. Fact. Sadness. Inspirational writing. What concerns me. You’ll get it all on my blog.
I truly enjoy writing, and then sharing it. I appreciate a ‘like,’ and I truly hope that my content was worth your time and reaction. Your likes let me know that you’ve truly enjoyed my writing. But, I cannot be the perfect blogger. I cannot try to make it perfect in order to appease the ego, as well as the critics and competitive bloggers. I pray that my writings benefit you in some way, even though they may not be the greatest.