Hey, Small Blogger

Yeah, you, smaller blogger. I see you over there with your, I don't know...couple hundred? maybe not even 100 followers? Your inconsistent posting schedule. Your lack of social media promotion. Yeah, you. I got you.

Okay, so maybe you've given it a fair shot. Maybe you've sponsored a blog or two, but that's about as far as you've delved into really promoting your blog. Maybe it's a good week for you if you remember to schedule some Tweets ahead of time. Or, speaking of scheduling, let's be real: you are really on the ball on the rare occasions you manage to get a post written over 24 hours in advance. All the high five emojis for that one.

I get you, small blogger, because I am you. And since I'm you and you're me, I'm guessing that you've probably had those moments that you ask yourself why you bother at all. Why you show up to your space (whether it's semi-weekly, or monthly, or however often you can muster up the time and inspiration to knock out a post) despite not having thousands of followers or page views or comments, or why you keep going even though it's a hobby and not a full-time job (because lord knows you're not making much, if any, money off this thing).

Since we're all friends here, I'll be completely honest with you: most days, I have no idea what I'm doing writing a blog. Sometimes I come here to get out whatever is on my mind. Some days I show up because I've gone through some trial and error with my non-blogging hobbies, like running or my capsule wardrobe, and think that what I've learned might just help someone else. And a lot of days I write because I know that what I have to say will generate some discussion, will show me that I'm not all alone, or will challenge me to look at things from a different perspective.

I know that any and all of these responses are possible every time I click "Publish," but there's no guarantee. For all I know, these words that I (sometimes carefully, admittedly other times not) type in this box will be sent out into cyberspace never to be seen or heard from again. Yet something keeps me coming back, maybe infrequently, but always coming back.

As a small blogger, the thing that keeps me coming back isn't stats, it isn't money (for the record, I have never made a cent off my blog and really don't ever plan to), and it isn't It's you. It's whoever is reading this, because though you may be small in number, you are a powerful force. Since I started blogging over the last year to 18 months, My confidence has grown. I feel more willing an able to speak my mind, even when my opinion might be unpopular. I've learned to look at things in a different light, to see them how others see them.

I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that I don't look at my stats, because I do. Totally do, guilty as charged. I have no idea what a typical blogger's page views are like, or how many comments they receive, but I will say this: simple math tells me that I know a fair amount of the people reading my posts, because you leave comments. You take your time to give a meaningful contribution to what I've spent my time writing and that is amazing to me. I converse with a lot of you on a daily or a near-daily basis. I love that there's a little community that has developed here (and since I'm always happy to see a new face or name around here, I hope that that community is as inviting to others as I think it is).

I don't think that any two bloggers have the same goal for what they're doing, and that's kind of what makes it awesome. Every single one is just a little bit different, and when we put them all together, we create this amazing community where everyone has a valuable role. There are so many blogging how-tos out there, so many guides on how to get the most page views and make pinnable images and work with brands, but I just wanted to take a minute to recognize those of us who are in the game too even if we don't post quality content 5 times a week. And to say thanks to those of you, whether you're a big blogger, small blogger, or not even a blogger at all, who have stuck with me this far. There are a lot of days that I'm not sure what I'm even doing here, but as long as you're reading, I guess I'm doing something right.

36 comments :

  1. Thanks for writing this!! I've been so unmotivated lately because I feel like I have the five or six that I read and who read and comment along, but I'm just so bleh about blogging right now. You're so right though - it's been about growing myself, not about who and how many read. :)

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  2. I noticed a benefit of blogging just the other day that I'd never thought about! I was writing a cover letter for a potential job, looked at my old cover letter, realized it was terrible, and wrote something much better in just a few minutes. But 2 years ago, I thought it was the best thing ever! Blogging has definitely improved my writing, but I think it's also improved my confidence in my own writing. And that will remain true regardless of having any readers at all.

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  3. Small is relative. We're all just doing our thing. I do make SOME money off Google ads, so even though they're obnoxious I keep them. We're talking like $.30 a day. Ha! glad you've stick with it! I enjoy coming over here to read :)

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  4. I love this. I have something similar in drafts—not surprising, because we've talked about some of the things you mentioned here. I'm with you in that I have no intentions of being a big blogger, my blog isn't my business, and it doesn't get 20+ hours per week of work and attention from me. Not when I do have a full-time job, plus side jobs, plus marathon training, plus yoga, plus family and friends, plus an immense need to disengage from the Internet every day. And in fact, just this week I took off my BlogHer ad, because...that's not me. That's not my blog. That doesn't serve me or my blog's intention, and it's clutter. And like I've said to you before also, I'm not in this for the "blog fans." I'm in this for me, and the community. Internet friends > Internet fans ;)

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  5. Yes! When I first started blogging, I thought "oh, I'm going to make this into a thing." And then it just never happened. At least 60% of my posts get no comments at all. And, really, I'm ok with that (finally). Now it's to the point where if I come across a blog post in my feed of "How to monetize your blog" or "How to make your blog bigger," I'm like, just STFU. :) I post far less frequently now; it's just not my priority. I still <3 all of the friends I've made blogging though, and that's really all that matters!!

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  6. We are on the same wavelength today!! LOVE this! I don't know if I'm considered small, medium or smallish medium with my followers, but today I went out of my norm and did a post for ME. I said "screw my page views, I want to write about something I want to write about! I want to story tell. I want to make long winded sentences and not worry about pics/images." So I did. And I love that you keep this space to you, and what you're about and what you're doing. I'm trying to take a page from your book (see what I did there?!) and do more of that myself.

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  7. Us small bloggers have to stick together! Great post!

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  8. Small blogger saying "Heyyyyyy!". I don't know how to look up my page views. I get more spam comments then regular comments. But, I originally started my blog to document our life after moving to MN, and that's what I'll continue to do. It's grown and changed a bit from that, but deep down to my little blog core, that's what it still is. I *think* some of my family still reads my blog, but that's ok if they don't. I like to look back and see what I was thinking or doing at a specific time, so it's great for that alone.

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  9. I am so with you on this. I might look at my stats every once in awhile and am always shocked to see that these people come to read what I have to say. I am not saying anything greatly profound. I am not getting pinned 1,000 times a day...or probably even at all...but I enjoy coming to my space for me. And I am sure glad you come here and let us get snippets of your life too!

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  10. You ARE doing something right - you share your life with us & your thoughts. Those are deep personal things...

    I love 'small' blogs... that's where it seems to get 'real'... there's no thing with people TRYING to be big, all the advertisements taking over - you get to KNOW the person. Small blogs ROCK!

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  11. Amen!!! I love this! I think we all have different reasons for blogging but when people ask me I tell them it's just like any other hobby! It takes time, but when you love something, you want to do it! I've so enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you, girl. You always inspire me!

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  12. I loved this post :) I completely suck at social media promotion, haha.

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  13. Such a good post, girl!! I feel like I fall into a weird blogger category. I'm not a mega-blog, but I'm not small... I guess I'm medium? I also do some posts/links for money- but I still enjoy writing about my life, what I'm cooking, funny stories, etc. Well the small side income is great (I wont lie!) I SO enjoy chatting with other ladies from all over the country. I get so much out of reading/commenting back and forth and have met some awesome people I otherwise wouldn't have!!

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  14. Hi there! Another small blogger here. I actually just restarted on a new blog, you know.. why bother? But I do it because I like it so that's why I decided not to quit. I love smaller, simpler blogs with no intention to monetise. Cheers!

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  15. I love being a 'small' blogger! There's absolutely no pressure and I can write about whatever the hell I want to without worrying about what anyone thinks about it. The extra income would be nice if I took on sponsors or sponsored posts but I can barely keep up with my full time job and my small blog as it is - there's no way I could do it all!! Plus I suck at responding to blog comments in a timely matter... haha

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  16. Last night, I commented on another blogger's similar post. I'm aware I'm not a popular blogger, I'm not in the "in" crowd, and that's all okay. I admit on a somewhat regular basis that I really don't follow any blogging "rules" or make a whole lot of true effort to increase that. I participate in link-ups when I think they are a fun topic. I comment because I really like something I read or I enjoy the blogger's posts and personality. I blog because I enjoy it. Sure, I question sometimes "why?". Why don't I have more followers or comments? But, I really enjoy the people that I have regular interactions with, so I just stay pretty happy with that!

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  17. I love this post, and I am almost a non-blogger right now, but hoping to post at least once or twice a week this summer to get back into it! I love blogging for all the same reasons you mentioned...the comments and connections with people, or sharing something that you think might help someone else or even just documenting the small moments in life. Great post :)

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  18. You are one of the most genuine people I have had the pleasure of "meeting", Tracy. What keeps me coming back to your blog is that, and your infectious personality!

    I love what you had to say here. In fact, I feel that way a lot. I am so grateful to have this community and to have met so many amazing people through it. I love bloggers who march to the beat of their own drum--and you totally do that!

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  19. my old blog got pretty big which was what i wanted (and man, that took a lot of work to get those numbers) but then it stopped being fun and more like work. i felt the pressure to always churn out awesome posts and i got sick of it - the reading, the upkeep, the comments, the responding to comments...so i closed it and reopened my current one that is very small. i didn't tell a lot of my old readers but just started visiting the blogs i liked following - that's it. i love that i only get a few comments now (makes blogging much easier) and no pressure to blog.

    i like smaller blogs too; more personable!

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  20. This is so true! Once I decided to write just because I love writing, things started to flow. I stopped caring so much about views and more about what I had to say. It really helps to stop thinking about what others would like to read or what they would click on :)

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  21. Girl I understand you on a deep and spiritual level and I love this

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  22. YES!! I've thought many times about quitting, but it seems like whenever I get to that point, that's when I get an email or a message from someone saying how I've inspired or helped them in some way. That makes it worth it all. Plus, like you said, it's a hobby, and I love doing it!
    I love your blog, you are definitely doing something right. :)

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  23. i love this post! for what it's worth, i suck at and rarely schedule tweets or anything else social media-y. when i first started blogging i was all like i want to be huge and make all the money and now i'm like, please stay small little blog of mine. i don't want to draw attention to myself (gosh, that sounds like i think i'm going to get big whether i want to or not but hopefully you know what i mean) and deal with the negative people and pressure that comes with being a bigger fancier blogger. i sometimes wonder what the heck i am doing, but really it's exactly like you said.. its the community, and selfishly, it's how it's changed me.. i'm happier because i don't feel so alone. whether it's running, yoga, books, random thoughts, there is someone in the little community who gets me.. and i love that. that might be selfish, but i don't mind.
    anyway. i love your blog, please don't ever ever ever ever stop because i will cry.

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  24. I love that you posted this because I've been giving it some thought as well as to why I keep showing up but I just do and I'm not sorry or resentful about the numbers because I'm blogging for me and well those that want to be a part of my life x

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  25. I love this post-- I'm not much of a blogger at all lately, but when I was blogging more consistently I went back and forth a lot on whether I was blogging for myself or more to try and gain a bigger following (which sounds so weird, typing it out). First finding beauty blogs a few years ago I didn't even realize that people blogged and became friends or talked about meaningful things & now that's my favorite thing about blogging all together.

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  26. Um, are you inside my head? Because I think you are.

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  27. I love this!!!! I suck at blogging these days because Im busy and the thing that I worry for the most is not the stats but missing and losing the closeness with the lovely peeps I made because of my inconsistency. Its really a worry of mine. Small blogs rock!!

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  28. I love this! And I love small blogs!

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  29. I love small blogs! There are more personal posts, and I enjoy reading them. I have yet to schedule a post...haha I am never that ahead of my posts, although I hope I can be.

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  30. I couldn't have read this at a better time! I started my blog about 6 months ago, and I'll be honest, at first I thought it would be easy to get big and popular. I was totally planning on trying to make some money and all that good stuff. But I learned pretty quickly that I don't want to be that person. It didn't take me long to realize that a lot of the bigger well-known bloggers that I used to love and admire so much...are total phonys. I'm starting to just skip over most of their posts all together and I'm finding that my new favorite bloggers that are "real" people. I've already made some great blog friends and that is really what I should have set out to do. And I am truly finding my voice and I had no idea how badly I needed this little space to speak. But lately I'm also feeling a little discouraged because *big surprise* I don't know what else to talk about except my life. Haha. I thought I would be able to offer a little something more, but turns out I'm not an expert on anything but myself. It takes me days to write a post, even if it is just a weekend recap, because I like to make sure I'm telling a good story. (and it doesn't show, but I'm a total perfectionist haha) Blogging has completely changed from what I thought it was before I started one myself. But this was such a good reminder to keep at it. It isn't about the stats, or the money, or the sponsors, it's for ourselves. Thank you for this.

    x. Morgan / Morning Apple

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  31. I've never thought of making blogging into a career or being big. I get sad when I read bloggers that I like write posts about how discouraged they are. Wake up guys! The things people like you for is what you will lose if you do make it big. That's what I've seen happen, anyway.

    Great post!

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  32. absolutely loved this. exactly what i needed to read today!

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  33. I came for this post and am staying for the rest of your blog.

    I'm definitely a small blogger and sometimes I'm like "Why bother?" But then I remember. Because I want to. I want to post my reviews and my rants and blog about my life because it makes me happy. And if other people find it and can relate, even better. I've found a few awesome bloggers by clicking on names of people who comment on other blogs and I hope I can find more. Thank you for what you've written.

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  34. I found a link to this on another blog I read (jana, I think), I totally just read through 70+ blogs in my feed reader so they are all blending together.. but YAY for giving words to some of my fears. There are times that I'm like who is REALLY reading about my weekend week in and week out, but the commenters are out there, telling me about the one thing that they wish they did or that they think I'd like or something else reached them, THAT is what it is about for me (and because I'd totally be overwhelmed if I ever received more than 15-20 comments on a post on a regular basis).

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  35. I love your post! Thank you. It's great for me to read being new to the world of blogging an not getting many views. But I'm really enjoying my little space to write in and hope to make new friends along the way!

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  36. I love your post! Thank you. It's great for me to read being new to the world of blogging and not getting many views. But I'm really enjoying my little space to write in and hope to make new friends along the way!

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