At the beginning of the year, I seriously considered the idea of abandoning my blog. The hours spent were long, I felt very apathetic about social media and my numbers were stale. Then, I started to read all these posts (from fellow bloggers) about how blogging was consuming a good part of their lives (while reaping little rewards). To make things worse, on mid February, I lost my job of eight years.
But you know what, even after all those grimy facts, I am still blogging. Why? Well, at the end of January, I discovered my audience grew. In February, I saw even more growth and it looks like March is going to top the past two months. My fellow bloggers are still posting and engaging in the travel community. It looks like we all go thru the ups and downs of this game many times.
Nevertheless, I am still trying to understand the job thing. How somebody can write and publish a post after receiving a layoff notice? This really puzzles me. You know, I was supposed to be crushed, depressed and miserable. From where I got the crazy idea to continue with my posting schedule (after all, I had really “important” things to focus at that moment)?
And I guess this is the point where my blogging and real life worlds intersect.
In just a year, this little project has become part of me. It is something I love to do, something I truly enjoy. As you can imagine, it is impossible to kill an important part of yourself out of the blue. It is not who I am. Then, there is this desire I have of giving my readers the best of me, a sense of loyalty I have developed as I work on the content. Sharing stories, ideas and photos has become important to my travel experience. Of course, there is also the wild dream of taking this blog to the next level. There is much more I want to do, create and publish. This is only the beginning of what I can offer.
In the end, I am glad I kept my blog “duties” even though I am going thru some dark moments. This experience has taught me that I was not defined by my work. Work is something I do (or need to do) but it has little to do with who I am. I am not sure everybody can say that. I have a life full of blessings and the loss of something it is not going to deviate my gaze from what is truly important (God, family, friends, what I like to do, etc.).
I am not sure how everything is going to end up but I am hoping for the best. Too many questions keep running around my head. Who knows? Maybe this is the moment to work harder in this project, to improve the content, to promote, to take writing classes, to practice my photography. Maybe I can develop new Internet –based businesses. Maybe time is what I have needed to move to a better place.
Well, I am not that lost. At least, I am sure of one thing:
Everything is going to be alright.
Yes, sooner or later all parts of the puzzle are going to be on the correct spot. In the meanwhile, I will continue blogging. Because even in our worst moments, we cannot let others down. Because what we do best (or can do best) should not get obscured when some things don’t go as expected.
What thing, relationship, hobby or project has helped you in rough times? Let me know in the comments section below.