I’ve been very fortunate to have gained a faithful and respectable number of awesome readers for this tiny blog over the few short months that its been up and running. I am both honored and delighted to see so many people take an interest in what I have to say, and I am honestly having the best time getting to know everyone who has crossed my path because of this blog.
When I first got into the blogging thing, it was never because I cared about getting popular or reaping the material benefits that come with being a successful blogger. This is the truth.
Sure, its nice being able to attend cool, exclusive events and meet people I wouldn’t normally get to meet, but that has never clouded my perception of the fact that, at the end of the day, I’m pretty much an ordinary human being just like most people on this planet.
Sometimes, I like attention. Sometimes, all I want to do is live in a fall-out shelter for the rest of my life. Sometimes, I think I’m doing something special. Sometimes, I think this blog is about as interesting and unique as watching paint dry.
When you’re a blogger you get a taste of both basking in the glow of attention and needing some serious isolation; moments where you think your words are the elixir to all of society’s woes and moments where you just trudge along making posts that are just there to fill some space.
That’s totally fine and absolutely normal.
As bloggers we’re supposed to use our distinct writing voice to set us apart from the pack and familiarize ourselves with our readers. This makes us writers. The more loyal readers we accumulate the more pull we start to have with businesses, companies, and society as a whole and our voice can be used as a kind of public opinion shifter. This makes us critics. When we combine the growing audience with the larger social pull we become both loved and sought after. This makes us celebrities.
Ideally, most bloggers want to reach that final level of blog stardom in which they can both rely on the support of the fans that have been behind them from day one and relish in the glitz and glamour that comes with being someone everyone wants to impress. For a blogger to get to this point requires lots of hard work and patience. Getting there (or wanting to get there) is nothing to be ashamed of.
In fact, I’d say its something to aspire to.
But, if you are blogger (or if you’re thinking of becoming one) please take this short and humble word to heart: Careful.
If you have the good fortune of becoming a big-time blogger with a huge fan base and that everyone in Kuwait wants to impress DO NOT delude yourself into thinking that you are the Kuwaiti, social equivalent of Mariah Carey.
Don’t think you can threaten people with your blog.
Don’t think you can throw fits because you didn’t get your way.
Don’t think you can get away with something another “lesser” blogger can’t.
Don’t think that everyone’s waiting at your beck and call.
Don’t think your blog is too big for some things (or people) and not others.
Don’t delude yourself into thinking that no one’s ever going to call you out.
Because, at some point, someone will.
All my love! (Picture credit)