I wrote this post months and months ago but I didn’t publish it at the time because it made me sound more than a little obsessed. I left it in my drafts though and every now and then, I go back to it and just remind myself how important it is not to take things too seriously.
I thought I’d share it with you today (even though you might think I’m a nutter from here on in) because I wanted to remind you all that blogging should be fun. It shouldn’t get to the point where you’re stressing out about rankings or awards (although they’re great) or the fact that someone un-followed you or even whether people enjoy reading your blog (although I guess you may want to consider that in a non-stressy way)!
Yesterday, I happened to notice that my little Networked Blogs widget over there >>>> showed that I had lost two followers. Two!
Instead of just shrugging it off and moving on like any normal person would do, I actually spent time checking my recent Facebook posts and Tweets to see if I had accidentally said something that had offended someone. Nothing there though unless you count the fact that I mentioned Lambrini and groping in the same tweet!
I even checked my stats and saw that page views seem to have stayed the same so doesn’t appear to be mass exodus but even so I’ve just spent half an hour combing through stat counter to see if there’s a particular post that’s had more visits than any other that might have possibly offended someone. There’s nothing jumping out at me so I have no idea – I’m stumped!
It worries me that it bothered me more than I know it should and even though I know that I have a tendency to over-think things, I’m now I’m worried in case I’ve upset someone.
That’s it. Not even a full blog post really – just a couple of paranoid paragraphs!
Hopefully you read it and thought how ridiculous I was worrying about two people who had un-followed me but if you read it and it sounded a bit familiar to you, then it’s time to step back a little and remember why you started blogging.
That’s what I did and I started to enjoy blogging again 😉
Disclaimer – I’d like to point out that I’m not actually a blog obsessed nutter really – I just had a short-lived blog obsessed phase that lasted about a week until I gave myself a stern talking to and got over myself!