How 3,000 Sycophants Made One Man A Better Blogger
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.”
I try not to take myself and or life too seriously. That is because life is meant to be loved, lived and laughed through. Were I to go back a week or two I might say that this post is tied into the three words that are discussed over here.
Love, live and laugh or laugh, live and love is my motto for 2012 and beyond. Really it has been part and parcel of me for quite some time but I have only been aware of it for a short time.
Self awareness is a double edged sword. It is the thing that can help propel us forward so that we focus on building a plan to meet our goals and overcome our fears.
It is also the same thing that can prevent us from being successful or should we say lack of self awareness.
Within the blogosphere we sometimes misinterpret our worth, value and success because we view comments as a sort of currency. A lack of comments is sometimes seen as a sign that no one values what we say.
But the opposite can be true too.
Sometimes too many comments make us think that our words have more weight than they do. That is because some bloggers allow their heads to swell based solely upon the lack of criticism and complaint they receive.
It reminds me of Ozymandias:
“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
I blog because I love to write. This is how I vent and how learn more about myself, who I am, who I was and who I want to be. I blog because I want to turn this story into a book.
My community is important to me. I would do this all without you. I would do it because I can’t keep the words inside me. I have tales to tell and stories to share.
But that is a much poorer way of doing it. The best bloggers imbue their words with personality and passion. That doesn’t mean that they can’t take pride in their work or incorporate it in some fashion but if your goal is to promote yourself you musn’t forget about your community.
Your community matters far more than you may measure or recognize.
I just hope that I remember my own words and my own advice because one day I may be in a position where I have achieved much and I don’t want to pretend that it happened solely on my own.