As most of you have probably noticed (since a lot of you have already entered my Meg Cabot contest) I hit 600 followers this week--which is just CRAZY to me. Part of that is because I have no idea what I'm doing--so I find it incredible that there's over 600 people willing to click that little button and become a follower. But...it's also because, for the longest time, when it came to blogging, I was a big, giant chicken.
For one thing, I'd definitely been trying to keep my writing habit on the DL. I think we've all gotten "the look" from our friends when we tell them we write, and we just know they're secretly thinking "Ha! Good one!" I'd been through that when I went to film school, and I just wasn't in the mood to go through it again. So writing was kind of my dirty little secret.
Plus...I just couldn't imagine anyone would ever care enough to read my posts. My positive, self confident self (said in a tone DRIPPING with sarcasm) kept reminding me that I'm nobody--just some silly girl in So Cal who rambles a bit too much and is struggling to reach the same goal thousands of other people were trying to reach. Why would anyone care about my journey?
But, EVERY writing advice article I'd read said I should be blogging, so I finally decided to give it a chance. I created this blog in one evening, wondering if I was crazy the whole time. I accumulated a massive SEVEN followers--all family members, btw--and for about two months that's where I stayed. I blogged every day, and I'd get maybe one or two comments, and that was that.
As the days passed though, I realized I wanted more.
I'd been to other blogs. I'd seen the way the blogosphere was like its own community--its own support group--and I wanted to be a part of it. So even though I had no idea what I was doing, I threw myself into the deep end and did everything I could think of to connect with other writers. And the response has just been...overwhelming.
I still have a long way to go. I'm always pushing myself to write better posts, to reply to all of your wonderful comments, to visit more of your awesome blogs and read your posts and cheer on in your journeys (sadly revision took a huge chunk out of my blog hopping time lately. Sorry about that!). But starting this blog has still been one of the best decisions I've made.
I'll talk a little more tomorrow about why (I've learned to try to keep my posts shorter). But for today, I'd love to know:
Were any of you guys nervous or reluctant to start a blog? And what made you decide to give it a try?