"When you think about giving up, remember why you started."
There are times when we all get into ruts. Well, I can't speak for us all... but I'm pretty positive we all do at some point or another. Today I'm talking blogging ruts. I've seen many blogs where people are "taking a break" or just don't have anything to say that day so they just pull something out of their tookus. It's no secret that I have done this on way more than one occasion.
When I first started blogging well over a year ago I actually had a completely different name (Living With Grace). I'm not sure why I changed the name because now thinking back I really really love it! I think my issue was that I wasn't sure what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write about food and healthy living and style and beauty and well, just everything under the sun. So, I changed my name to Fat Girl at Heart. That was a bust... I totally realized that I did not want my entire blog to be devoted to food and healthy living. Believe me, I was beyond frustrated and finally after struggling with figuring out my blogging identity, I just threw in the towel. Nobody read my blog anyway (supportive family and select friends only).
After taking a pretty long break from not blogging at all... I noticed I really was missing it. I don't think my life is more significant than any other, but there is something about sharing personal things with the world... I mean let's be real, everyone likes to talk about themselves.
Finally after hopping back on the blog-train and finally figuring out who I was and what I wanted to write about (for the most part), I started this ol' thing and really got back in to the swing of things, and it felt good. A few months later, low and behold, I once again got really frustrated. I felt like I was writing for nobody. I mean don't get me wrong... having a "popular" (or whatever you want to call it) was and is still not my main goal. But there is something about seeing my stats jump from 12 to 100 over night, and something about reading comments from people I don't even know saying how wonderful they think I am. It just feels good to have positive support and reinforcement from people that aren't obligated to give it to me!
Basically, the whole point of this post is to say that if you love something enough, don't give up. What you're looking for will find a way to get to you, as long as you stay on the right path and have a positive outlook. No, not everyone is going to like me and my blog. That's ok... there are a billion other people out there that will. Just when you think nobody gives a rat's ass, you get 2 comments back to back with the most kind words. Yes, that happened to me just last night! It honestly was one of the greatest feelings and I went to sleep beaming!
With all of that being said, thank you thank you thank you! to everyone that has ever read any of my posts, left comments, sent me emails, or supported me in any way possible. You are the ones that give people the courage and will to keep going, whether you know it or not!
PS have you guys seen this picture? It makes me laugh at how not only did the person getting the tattoo not notice, but the artist didn't either. Never give up, but definitely DON'T get this tattoo! Haha