It’s for me, not you. It makes me feel better, I really don’t know how it will make you feel. I hope you feel good, of course, but I can’t control how you feel. Also? I stopped caring. To be more precise, I stopped trying to write content for others.
I stopped back in November. I gave this blog a new theme and poured my heart into delivering the content I wanted to write. The result? We aren’t even halfway into 2012 and I already have the same number of hits as I had for all of 2011. The difference?
I stopped caring what others think.
I used to spend my writing time trying to deliver content that I thought everyone would want to read. The result was crap. I produced content that very few people would read. Some would argue that fact hasn’t changed. I won’t argue back, I’ll just point you to the title of this post.
I got tired of being told my blog “didn’t fit” with the other blogs. I grew weary of having folks tell me that my blog wasn’t technical enough for their liking, or they didn’t like my sense of snark, or whatever else they wanted to dump on me. So I decided to stop waiting for their approval to come through someday.
I took action. I focused on writing engaging content regardless of the reader. Are you here to read about data? I want to engage you. Are you here to read about professional development? I want to engage you. Are you here to read about performance tuning? I want to engage you. Are you here for the bacon? There’s a steam table in the back, help yourself. For whatever reason you may come to this blog, I want you engaged. That’s my focus these days. Eventually I hope to have the time to write epic shit all day long.
That’s my blogging tip for you today: focus on writing that which makes you feel good. Feed your soul first, because nobody out there is ever going to do that for you. If you sit around waiting for everyone to approve of what you are writing you will soon find yourself sitting around waiting.
Go. Write. Now.