Hi! I’m back with chapter 3 of this little series that I am doing titled the ‘Forgotten Drafts’ where I just polish the drafts that had been lying around for a very long time and then publish them because I don’t really want some of my thoughts to go straight into trash.
[If you’re looking for the first two, you check them out right here.]
Before you go ahead with this, I feel the need to clarify that I don’t hate mainstream content and I don’t hate on people who create it. It’s just that I don’t think I’ll ever make this website turn into a more mainstream blog because it was never intended to be that way, in the first place.
“It happened again. I have at least one person asking me every single day whether I would switch to writing more mainstream content on my blog just for the sake of increasing the traffic here. But the truth is that I never started my blog with the intention of garnering a huge audience. It’s just something that happened over a period of time and it’s all because I stuck to what felt right. I have given this a lot of thought and I have tried following a more technical approach to my site to see whether people would like it. But the truth is that people get bored of everything after a while and it’s not always easy to hold on to an audience. That is why I write about more personal things because I know that those who read it end up taking something away from it, whether I know it or not. Some have reached out to me and told me that what I write here actually helped them, and I choose to believe that those who have never reached out are either just very shy or didn’t feel a connection with what I write here, which is completely alright, by the way! After all, these are things that we have no control over. That’s one of the things nobody tells you about starting your own art page or writing page on any platform ever: you can never choose your own audience; those who like your work will automatically gravitate towards it. If I could reach out to an audience while knowing absolutely nothing at all about blogging when I started it, you can do so much better than I did back then, given the amount of resources that are available these days. That being said, I want to remind you that writing mainstream content isn’t the only way to gain the recognition you deserve. I could always give this website a complete makeover and start writing more mainstream content if I wanted to. It wouldn’t take me too long to do that. But then, by doing so, I’d be taking away the very thing that makes my blog different from all the others. I have nothing against those who do have more mainstream blogs; they’re doing their own thing and I love that for them! And that’s exactly what I’m doing, too. I guess you can’t really please everybody, but what you can do is keep doing your own thing (with a few changes for the better if certain things are holding you back). Don’t chase clout because it’s way more temporary than you expect. Believe in yourself.”
Hey guys! I hope you liked this post. Let me know in the comments below or share with someone you might wanna show this to! You can also reach out to me and say ‘Hi’ on Twitter and Instagram. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
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