Friday, November 23

Things I Know About Blogging

Earlier today I posted about being a blogging superstar. Or rather questioning what makes a blogging superstar. Even as I was writing it I wondered whether I should post it or not. Sitting here a few hours after it has been live and I am still wondering whether I should have posted it.

As I have been trawling through my old posts I came across this one It was written just over four years ago as I was attempting my first NaNoWriMo. The only year I have been able to actually reach the other wise illusive 50 000 word target.

Reading through it I was amazed at how so much of what I felt then I still feel now. This is both a good and bad thing. It is great that I realised back then that only I was holding myself back and I swore to let go and let myself be free. It would be even greater if right now I could say that had happened. It would also be great if I no longer felt misunderstood, but I guess that is really just a part of life and interacting with others.

Back today's post.

It had to be written. I know needed to get it out of me. They are thoughts that have been floating around for a while, blocking the exit and entry points for any and all new thoughts till they were dealt with. Only they were whingey whiney poor bugger me thoughts. And really who wants to be reading about that? I know I don't, well most of the time I don't.

Anyway it got me thinking what do I know about blogging?

I know that I love blogging. I love that it gives me an arena to write in, one that provides slightly more opportunity to actually be read than what my personal journal did.

I know that when I see posts not being read it is hard for it not to hurt my feelings. As much as I write to get it out of my head I write to be read as well.

I know that connecting with people is not easy. We are all so busy and there are so many things trying to connect with us it is easy to get lost amongst it all. I know I spend too much time feeling lost.

I know that blogging needs to be something I do for myself not to appease anyone else and it is. But I also know I need to know that someone, anyone is reading.

I know that it is not all doom and gloom.

I know that there is hope and that
Just between you and me I also know how much I love 
and being able to easily create semi groovy graphics. 
I am sure with some time and practice they will turn into very groovy graphics.

I know that compared to some other bloggers I have had some pretty cool things come my way. I know these may not be as cool as some other bloggers again but hey the grass always looks greener doesn't it?

I know that blogging is fickle and uncharted. There are no hard and fast rules, well apart from write and be active within the blogosphere.

I know that at the end of the day I am not about to stop blogging any time soon, readers or not. Eventually I figure write and they will read will apply to me.

And finally the last thing I know today is that I am ecstatic to see that the lovely Miss Cinders is now the host of one of my most favourite linkies ever!

Things I Know


  1. You are such a beautiful person Rhi. Never ever stop writing.

    Something I've learnt about blogging, and something I also know... is, it doesn't matter how many people read or reply, it matters that you are comfortable and happy with the words you've typed out. That they represent who you are in that moment in time.

    I know I get so busy with real life that I don't get to comment as much as I want on other peoples blogs. I know that's okay, because I know I'm not the only one.

    You have so much knowledge to share, and have shared. Keep writing.

    Smoochies & huggles xxx

    1. Thank you for your kind words lovely, I seriously doubt I could ever stop writing now, there was a time when I didn't and really it wasn't a great time :) I can even remember thinking I should be writing maybe it would make things better.

      I get what you mean about the commenting, I have trouble with it sometimes, especially replying to comments here. For a while I thought it didn't matter, but I am starting to think that if I really want to grow then I must work the comment love. I am fine with not many comments as long as I can see the stats saying people are reading and even sharing my posts then I am a happy camper.

      Thanks for hosting too, so happy about that

  2. So so true. Many of your feelings are my feelings too. It is hard to keep up with the social media stuff especially twitter. omg that thing moves fast.

    1. Yep sure is, though I have noticed being there does make a difference. I am glad to know I am not alone in my feelings

  3. I am also really happy that Miss Cinders has started Things I Know linky - I do like it so much !!
    It is hard not to let the numbers affect how you feel but really try hard - as you said, write and they will come to read !
    Have the best weekend !
    Love, hugs and positive energy.

    1. Yes so stoked that the linky is back, I think it was one of the first linkies I ever joined in with.
      Thanks for stopping by

  4. Again, I get all that you have written here Rhi. I know I love blogging, even if no-one reads or comments. I know I love the ego boost that getting positive feedback on a post can bring and I equally know the despair when something I've poured my heart and soul in gets no notice at all. I also know that I will continue writing regardless of the audience but I need to be 100% on board with what I write and happy with everything I publish. It is good to have Things I Know back again, isn't it?

    1. Yeah it is such a bittersweet game at times isn't it Kirsty. I love that you are in it for the long haul. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely

  5. Hi Rhianna, I read all your posts today. I'm certainly not the best person to give you advices on blogging considering I'm so new in this field. What I can say, and you had it already covered, is that first do it for yourself because it makes you happy and that means everything. And, also, for sure we want people to read what we write and, for this, I always say that if one person read, well this is a win comparing to before when no one even knew I liked writing... As for me, I connected with you because we share the same passion which is writing (fiction and blogging) and I really enjoy what you put here on this blog and your fiction blog too. Also I like to believe that opportunities always will appear, one day, when one is persistent in what she/he's doing.

  6. Great post! I know that I love blogging too. I am not sure why though :) Rachel xx

  7. You have to love it to want to do it - this applies in life to all things, not just blogging. The beauty of blogging is that it can evolve as you do. You can change it as you do - if you want. And self-reflection is always part of that process.

  8. I am a new blogger (blogging since August) still taking two steps forward, one back as I find my feet. A lot of the time I feel I have crashed someone's else's party! But I do know I love blogging. I found you via Nikki's blogging Saturday linkup. Thanks for sharing x

  9. My reader is full of you today!
    I love blogging. So much. Possibly too much

  10. Great post, thanks for sharing. What do I know about blogging? It's fun. It's addictive. I guessed those things before I started. But it also comes with a (mostly) supportive blogging community. Bonus! x

  11. I love your comments Rhianna and that you are reading my blog.
    I am here reading your words too. I love the simple connections but you are right - there are so many of us now we get lost keeping up with our favourites.

    I'm glad the Things I know linky is back - thanks to you.

  12. Like others above, I love that you accept blogging is for you and admit that more comments/better stats also make you feel good :)

    Connecting with people online is in some ways easy but also so difficult to maintain - I know I get so busy I don't read other blogs anywhere near as much as I'd like to.

    I write because I love to write and I love words. I write many of my blog posts to help others so it can be frustrating to not have them read by lots of people, but I figure if I help even one reader I have achieved the aim and use that thought to stop worrying about my stats.


Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses to you, thanks for stopping by, it really means a lot, you taking the time so say hi. I try as much as I can to write a reply but if for some chance I don't get to it please know that I always read them.