When I started blogging, I never thought that anybody outside of my friends and family would read it.
I mean I’m just an average guy from a smaller capital city in Canada. There’s nothing special about me. I’m not a genius, or a fantastic writer, or even overly successful. I’m okay with all that of course, but I still don’t expect anyone to read this blog I’ve thrown together.
What’s really surprised me, and has made me excited to keep posting, is seeing what countries my readers are from. Canada is the most popular country for my readers at the moment, but the United Kingdom is quickly catching up to them, so for all my UK fans, HELLO! thanks for being your awesome self, and beat these damn Canadians! I know you can do it!
One of my “goals” is to have the WordPress map completely colored in one day which would be so cool! I check the progress every now and then and slowly but surely more countries are being added to the list.
When I started this blog, I did a bit of research into how blogs work, how people come up with ideas, how to get more viewers, and different things like that. I actually had a few pages of notes that I wanted to follow, but I soon dropped all of that.
I didn’t want to fit into some formula that other people made. I didn’t want to do the same things other people were doing. Where is the fun in that anyways?
I’m Andrew, I’m not Peter, or Martin, or Susan, or Erika. I’m me, and I am going to do what I want.
Yeah, my ideas might not be the best, and they are definitely not the most popular, but I like them. I enjoy making them. Some are more fun than others, and some are easier to write, but in the end, I like them all for some reason.
I mentioned a piece yesterday that was all about not taking writing advice from other people, and just doing it your way, and that’s what I want to do. I’ll take advice along the way. I’ll steal ideas and make them my own. I’ll do what I want to do because I’m me, and On My Bookshelf is my voice.
You have to be true to yourself. At the end of the day, the only person you are stuck with for eternity is yourself, and if you can’t enjoy you, or enjoy what you’re doing, then what’s the point?
I don’t come up with some elaborate script for my blog posts, or write every post with the same analytical process every time.
I write in my own way, and if that gives me less followers than someone who posts in the same format as everyone else, I am fine with it.
Don’t let others tell you no. If you want to try something, then try it. Don’t let others say this is a bad book, or that’s a bad makeup line. If you like it, then own it.
Be the outlier.
People might want this picture perfect idea that hundreds of thousands of people change themselves to fit into, but you shouldn’t want to be everyone else. You should want to be you.
Love your quirks, love your weirdness, write how you want to write, tell the story you want to tell.
Anyways that’s it for my little “rant”. I just feel it’s important to do things the way you want to do them, not how other people want you to do them.