Last week two bloggers nominated me for the Field of Flowers and The Very Inspiring Blogger Awards. At the same time I was writing that I wasn’t a big fan of Valentine’s Day.
So these acknowledgments were nice and a little embarrassing, too.
However, I was also planning a post about the way my first followers and first “Like(s)” affected me and eventually changed my blogging journey. So these nominations arrived also at the right time.
All bloggers start with one first post and one first click on the Publish button.
Yet in the same way good marketers plan their campaign ahead of time when they want to launch successfully a new product, I imagine that bloggers with savoir-faire plan their strategy before posting for the first time. Many must have dedicated a significant amount of time browsing the blogosphere to establish their online presence.
My personal blogging experience is probably slightly different from most bloggers’.
I wanted to share my dual identity but moreover record my journey as a writer who had made the promise in her early days in the States to write in English. As a non-native speaker my goal was to prove to myself I could do it and not to reach an audience.
I didn’t think in terms of followers and “Like.” I focused on establishing a personal writing discipline, which I hoped would produce better writing.
This is why I remember of my first followers and “Like(s).”
So today I want to thank Gisela and Ubecute for their nominations but furthermore for allowing me to acknowledge the importance of the moment when I realized that someone had found me and liked what I had written.
Until then the blogosphere appeared to me like a gigantic library where books wouldn’t be catalogued. Exploring the countless blogs was daunting. I was concerned that the time I would spend discovering other blogs would be detrimental to my writing goal.
Now I was curious.
Who was behind the small Gravatar? What did I write that triggered a positive response?
Most were poets and fiction writers. Some seemed interested by my dual identity. A few had studied French. Others were travelers and photographers.
It appeared to me evident that the diverse background of these early readers reflected the variety of my posts.
The majority had already built a significant audience of followers, only due to the constant quality of their posts and their reaching out.
Over the last months I’ve dedicated more time to my blog – a little bit to the detriment of my other writing projects. But this effort has produced two results.
The first one was my initial objective: Regular posting improves the quality of the content.
The second wasn’t what I had originally focused on: A regular group of people who come back for more.
To thank the two bloggers who nominated me, I would say than more than awards the visits of other bloggers mean a lot when you start.
In my case they gave me confidence and pushed me to polish my writing.
So instead of accepting these two awards, I prefer reaching out to recent bloggers.
Because I still remember of the impact of the first followers and Like(s).