I have been officially blogging for almost 3 weeks now, and the experience had been everything from exciting to frustrating. I think, for the most part, this is because I keep asking myself the nagging question, “Am I doing this right?”

Sometimes I will write an entry that I think is meaningful and helpful.  I feel good that I can post it and possible help someone solve a problem or live a better life.  Then I post.  No reaction.  My spirits sink.

Then I post something frivolous, goofy and  mostly meaningless.  The reaction: I get “likes” and “followers” and I feel uplifted.

So I ask myself, “What is it better to have: a whole ‘library’ of meaningful blogs, or a long list of followers?” Are quality and quantity mutually exclusive, or do I have to write about toilet paper and cookie recipes and people slipping on banana peels to attract an audience – and, more importantly, should I care?

Truth of the matter is that I do care. I do want people to read what I have to say – just like everyone else here. Is this ego and self-puffery?  Perhaps.  But no one can deny the thrill of being liked or finding out that a new person wants to follow you.

So right now I feel like that guy who says he will give you a free weekend in the Bahamas; the only catch is that you have to sit and listen to his 3-hour sales pitch to sell Florida real estate.  Is this dishonest?  Is this bait and switch?  I certainly hope not.  I certainly hope that as long as I stay true to myself, I will eventually garner more followers.

and the winner is It has been almost 3 weeks, and I am still looking for that magical 50th follower.  I wonder who it will be – and if I will be on Cloud 9 – until the next milestone draws near.

In the mean time, did you hear the one about…

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About Joe

Freelance designer and writer whose goal is to help others by writing about my experiences with fear and anxiety (agoraphobia), health struggles (cancer) and my wonderfully-happy life as a husband and stay-at-home dad. I want to empower everyone to have a happy life.

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