Friday came around (miraculously faster than any other week) and the massive stadium was full as far and wide as my then 13 years young eyes could see.
My coached piped up again, "You got this, Steph". In less confidence than before, I answered him again, "sure, sir".
This was the 2nd time I'd ever run this race; Once in front of 100 or so people and now, in front of a thousand. The gun let out a BAM which was in competition with the loudness of the Adrenalin-fueled THUD, THUD THUD of my heart. 1 lap down, 2 laps down, 3 laps down and I stopped. Midway through the race, my mind surrendered which only caused my body to give up with it. There I was in front of several hundred people, in the center of this stadium. Stagnant.
This is the only time, in my life, that I can ever really say that with out much effort or enthusiasm to try, I gave up.
Ladies and gentleman, I don't plan on adding Blogging to my short list of things that I have given up on- and I'm not about to let you do that, either. I've seen a lot of posts about how saturated the Blogosphere is, and how difficult it is to be a tiny fish in a pond the size of a galaxy. Posts about blogging statistics (and how they do indeed matter to people) have also become a hot topic- I mean, I wrote about that here. Thousands of blogger's aren't getting the attention they want (and frankly deserve). It's unfortunate, but the truth.
This is the time when we have to keep going. It is moments like these, where motivation and oomph to continue dwindle, that we rise and resume and become stronger.
I've thought about quitting blogging bi-weekly for the past 2 years. That's a lot of thoughts on quitting. But, I'm still here, and so are you. Staring at a blank page with that damned blinking cursor is daunting. But, thus far, I've showed up, haven't given up and neither should you!
If you've thought about quitting:
- Write posts that are below your standard (if necessary), but keep writing. You can always go back and 'delete' or 'draft' those posts when the inspiration comes flying back.
- Get involved in your blogging community. I mean really involved. Read and explore other's blogs, write your favourite blogger a long-winded email about how much you appreciate them. You'll find yourself building a community and readership that inspires you to continue writing.
- Change your blog. Get involved with coding a new template (or buy one); Focus on taking incredible photographs for your blog or playing around with typefaces and colour schemes.
- Remember, that you created this space. It's yours. It deserves love and care. You may not always have it to offer, but don't stop trying to provide it.
From the depths of my heart, please, don't give up. I promise, you're a lot closer than you think to being where you want to be. But, if you quit now, you'll never realize how close you really are. Whether your ultimate goal is to have 5 comment or 500 comments, its all got to start with just one.
Have you ever thought about quitting your blog? Why?Till next time-
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