When I started writing about New York City in 2007, I never thought I’d be here living in the world of blogging. Emails about city experiences forced me to channel my creative energy when I wasn’t selling furniture, and weekly rambles were a practical way to keep friends and family informed. Much to my surprise, people seemed to enjoy reading. I received lots of positive feedback, but didn’t think much else of it at the time.
Several years ago and about a dozen posts later, something clicked when a real estate broker suggested I have a blog. I didn’t even know what a blog was. A friend of mine at work had one, and I remember asking her how I would begin. Her response sounded easy enough. I considered it for another year, but life was busy and I pushed it to the back burner.
One day in June, 2010 while vacationing on the North Fork of Long Island, I finally set it up and posted. I remember when I hit publish for the first time. Knowing that no one would read it didn’t matter. What mattered is that I did if for myself.
I closed my laptop that day and didn’t think about the blog until April 2011, or one year ago. I published a clip again and then waited. Developing any kind of audience seemed impossible and unimportant at the time. With millions of blogs out there in the sphere, who would read this one?
Eventually, I started writing more and more, often several times per week or almost every day. I’d blog about anything related to life in New York. From surviving the heat wave to the ‘No Smoking’ controversy, getting stuck in tunnel traffic to adjusting to life in a one bedroom apartment; no subject seemed ordinary or mundane. But could I keep this up? Eventually the newness wore off, and the honeymoon was over.
One of the greatest challenges in the world of blogging is the commitment. It takes an incredible amount of time and energy. Every blogger has the best intentions, but intentions don’t transform thoughts into words or move fingers over the keyboard. Those who are most successful stay devoted to their blog for years, despite lack of an audience, or the uncertainty if people are reading or not.
I use analytics to get an idea of people and places who view the blog, but these aren’t always completely accurate. Often, it’s only by likes, comments, tweets and messages that any blogger knows someone is out there. Otherwise, it’s like talking to a brick wall. Do writers ever stop wondering who is on the other end? Do even the most seasoned, experienced writers ask themselves, “Is anyone reading?”
Yesterday, I was chatting with a journalist friend about my Metro column–“Moxie in Manhattan.” She has been a professional anchor and reporter for years now.
“I hope people are reading,” I said.
“We all do.”
After our conversation, I am convinced that writers never stop asking that question.
I am excited to see what the next year holds. I have a few ideas and tricks up my writing sleeve, and I hope to engage a larger audience over time. Soon the blog will have a new look, and it will be connected to my website, which will be launched any day now. Stay tuned.
If there’s anything you want to read about, email me! I would love ideas.
Lastly, I want to thank my readers. No blog is for everyone, and this one is no different. But, I try to write about a variety of topics, keep things fresh, and appeal to the widest audience possible. If you read something and you like it, don’ be afraid to share it or comment. If you read it and you don’t like it, that’s okay too. I hope to provide even better content about my life and New York City over the next year.
To my followers – knowing that you are reading helps me keep writing.
Here’s to continuing this journey through the world of blogging!