An Enthusiastic Year in Review

We made it through 2015!

2015 has been an insane year! So much has happened and I’m literally bursting with so much joy and pain this year has caused. It’s really been a wild time and it’s time to review it all!

There are 3 parts to this review. 1) Goals accomplished in 2015 2) Numbers of 2015 and 3) 2015 Enthusiast stats. These will hopefully make a full review of what has been a truly rounded year.Read More

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Stop the Stats, Begin to Blog

“This is the real point – none of that corporate drama used to matter. It wasn’t about being featured or having subscribers or getting endorsement deals. The important thing is that it was fun. Those sucky videos that got featured were fun to talk about…”

That was a quote from Alex Day’s blog Alex Day Music from his post about Summer in the City and the use of YouTube, which you can read here. It’ also the inspiration for this blog post.

I started blogging because it was something I thoroughly enjoyed. I love coming up with interesting anecdotes, fun series, and quirky takes on being a teenager. It’s something that makes me feel like I’m contributing to human society. And that’s how a lot of bloggers start out, happy to just get their ideas and thoughts out into the open.

But over recent years, as different blogging sites improve the ways to view your blog’s statistics, people have lost that perfect bliss of just posting your innermost thoughts and not caring about the followers and hits. I myself have fallen to this deep desperation and find myself just begging for ten more hits before the day is done. But it needs to stop.

I realize that I don’t want hits as much as I want people reading what I have to say, mostly because I want to know that I made an impression on someone. The first time anyone ever told me I made an impression on them with my writing (who I didn’t know) was a woman who commented on my Reality of Thumbelina post from a few months ago. She had a young daughter and said that her little daughter, barely even into elementary school, had been read the article by her mother and had loved it. The little girl had really been impressed upon by what I had written. It meant so much that I wanted to cry. And that’s when I really realized that it doesn’t matter how many people read your blog, but how many people read your blog.

Blogging is about putting your words, or music or whatever else that requires you typing up a post like this so people will read it, somewhere where they will be noticed and recognized. That’s what I really love about blogging and I feel like people are forgetting it. We need to keep up this fun, non-statistic reading blog front up. Because that’s why we started blogging in the first place.

If this blog had an impact on you, there are a few things you can do to let me know.

  • ‘Like’ it at the top of the page
  • Go to my Facebook page and tell me what you thought
  • Comment in the comment section here

Your thoughts matter to me. I don’t want to be a sell out, just someone who enjoys blogging and getting people to think 🙂