This week I was way more isolated than usual since I’ve been holed up at home caring for my two sick little girls. Thankfully, today they are doing much better, and I’m surprised and grateful that I haven’t picked up their nasty bug yet. (I pray that I don’t!)
Last week my blogging served as a verrrry welcome break from wiping runny noses, administering cough medicine, and mediating fights. (Two cranky girls with misery-inducing colds do not make for a peaceful household!)
Ever since I started blogging, I’ve loved reading comments submitted by readers expressing how they’ve appreciated my sharing my experience with bipolar disorder. When someone writes that he has been inspired by my post, or that she feels less alone with her struggles, I eat up these words as if they were a double chocolate brownie.
I don’t require loads of appreciative remarks – one juicy line or two will keep me floating for a while. Sometimes I get such a thrill that I practically morph into Julie Andrews singing as Maria in “The Sound of Music”.
Last fall, I thought the ultimate blogging prize would be having a huge readership, getting forty comments a post, and making money from blogging. Then I realized as fabulous as those things may sound, if it all happened to me, I’d feel completely overwhelmed. I enjoy responding to comments, and if my blog became uber-popular, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the unique give-and-take between blogger and reader that I find so gratifying. From this point on, I’ll be happy to gain a few followers a month, but there’s no need for me to be greedy by aggressively seeking more followers. Fixating on numbers would rob the fun out of blogging – at least it would for me.
To make a blog into a job has never been my goal, but I’ve been tempted by the allure of making money from blogging. I live close to Silicon Valley where the first BlogHer conference occurred ten years ago. I’ve watched the blog craze take off over the past decade, and I can see why the blogging phenomenon took off the way it did. I’ve read some of the success stories.
Out of curiosity, I visited the BlogHer website. A full conference pass for the July 2014 BlogHer conference costs $400. Wow! I’m sure that BlogHer will offer its attendees a wonderful,valuable experience, but even if I did have that kind of money to spare, I’d rather invest it into a writer’s workshop or a perinatal conference. My top priority is completing my book about postpartum bipolar disorder, not (sniff, sniff) my beloved blog.
It’s not late November, but I’m in a thankful mood this month. Also spring has cheered me up, although it hasn’t propelled me into hypomania or mania like it does for some people with bipolar disorder. Recently I wrote another post of thanks containing a few of the topics that I discuss in this post; if you want to take a peek, here’s the link:
I’m being a bit repetitive today, but it’s all sincere, and it’s all good.
Thanks for reading this, and have a wonderful weekend!