Well. This one is about to get ramble-y… so buckle up and sit tight.
For the majority of today (which won’t be the day you are reading this), I was a feeling overtired and overworked. And for some reason, it sort of led me to thinking about blogging, and just how weird blogging truly is when you think about it. I had a ton of thoughts – and I will probably get to those later on but…
Then I checked my e-mail and got really good news. And I realized that it is true that good things happen to good people. If you work hard, someone will take notice.
You’d be crazy to think that I would make a statement like that and not relate it back to the hearing-back-from-colleges season. This time, which can stretch from as early as November to as late as mid-April (and later if you are waitlisted and hoping to hear good news), is kind of crippling. It makes you a pawn of someone else. Sure, you can advocate for yourself – the common application, supplements, and personal statement are meant to do this – but at the end of the day, you are just reduced down to what the application reader thinks of you.
And maybe there will be application readers who just don’t like you. But the ones who do like you – they know how much you put in to get to where you are today. Although I do not think self-esteem should be based off of the number of colleges that send you an acceptance letter, it shows something else: that people are taking note of what you have done, and, without even meeting you face to face, know you have the ability to be extremely successful.
It can be really hard to put everything into perspective, but truly – believe me when I say that your effort in whatever you do pays off. In my case, this realization came as the result of an academic (college) achievement. But who’s to say that this can’t be translated to working on your blog too?
I’ve been working on my blog for almost 3 years. 3 years is a long time. And although I can tell you that I’ve come a super long way, I also feel as if I haven’t advanced at all. I’ve gained readers, yes, but I haven’t gained any more recognition than before. But I’ve worked hard. And I’ve tried to produce the best content I could. It’s hard to be different and unique in an online world that is so saturated by similar content.
The thing is that in being different, you forfeit a whole section of readers. In my case, my blog does not have the word “preppy” in it – thus I loose the whole Lilly-loving, Vineyard Vines-wearing sector. And sometimes it hurts to realize that. I read other blogs that I personally think lack a meaningful level of content, but they center around being preppy, thus attracting twice the amount of viewers I ever could.
But I’ve started to accept that is okay. I’ve learned that compromise isn’t always good – and that it is good to be an individual. And life is not necessarily a numbers game. Maybe I don’t have hundreds of people reading everyday, but I have a few. And I can only hope that those few appreciate what I’ve put in.
Coming (somewhat) full circle: it is good to work hard. Results might not come right away – but that is important in that it helps you stay humble and unique.
What do you think?