R. S. Young
DragynAlly on BloggingHey all! I'm DragynAlly, R.S. Young's social media coordinator and girlfriend... Yes I know. But I digress.
One of my professors said that being an artist is like running into a brick wall at full speed and hoping you can get it to move an inch. Blogging is very similar.
Because I work with Ricky to help him build up his social media and blogging presence I often give him a list of things to do and expect that he will do them. But recently he admitted that he was lost... And worse yet felt like he let me down.
I had to take a step back and realize that he has reached his first brick wall. And if his blogging experience is anything like mine it would be the first of many. I forget that his site is not even 2 months old and my own site The Dragyn's Lair turned 2 this past August. In blogger years that's like 20. I'm telling him all of the stuff I know often forgetting how much I went through to reach this point.
I hit my first brick wall really early in the game when one of my first big blog projects was a giveaway that didn't seem to be going as planned. I wanted to cry and give up right there. But I kept running into that brick wall and it moved. Just a little bit but it boosted my confidence which allowed me to keep going.
As I sit here writing this I am at another brick wall. It's telling me what I do doesn't matter and no one really cares. It's telling me to give up blogging and find a "real" job. It's telling me every negative thing it can to keep me from running into it with all my might. But I will anyway.
What I realize (and what Ricky still needs to learn) is that the moment you walk away and the moment the wall moves are about the same time. Not always. But if I had given up any of those times I would have never seen what I was capable of.
2 years into the blog game and I have a site that gets over 13,000 hits a month and is steadily growing. I have made connections with bloggers and other people in my field that have lead to opportunities I never dreamed possible. And sat 2 years in this is only the beginning.
Consider this as well with your art or any adventure you undertake. It may seem like you are running into a brick wall and BOY does it hurt! But keep at it. Keep hitting that wall. I promise you it'll move.