Now my blog is at a lovely level at the moment. I’m in a tier {great wordage Blogopolis roomies, thanks} that suits me down to the ground. I’m not a super star with all the added pressure and accolades. But people read my blog and I get offered opportunities and all that jazz. But mine has not been a meteoric rise. It has been steady, constant and has taken over two and a half years so far.

I’m the tortoise in this story.

But there is something that I wanted to say about all that. A couple of somethings in fact. I want to say you should run you’re own race. You should set yourself goals and do what you need to do to achieve them. You should know that not all blogs will be the same. Each story, each pathway will not be the same. In fact none of them are. And that that’s the best bit.

You should be patient but filled with passion and drive. Have ambition too coupled with the openest of open hearts. Do it because you love it and for the community that is there if you get yourself out of the way. You should be ok with the results your work has given you and be proud of that. And if you want something more you should ask questions, send emails and knock on doors until you have it.

See. Lots of somethings and I’m not even done.

I want to say that blogging on a certain scale takes work, a little bit of strategy and a lot of time. You’re building a little family, and that takes something special and unique. Luckily the good news is, you ARE special and unique. There is no easy ways, but there are fast tracks.

Watch out for how you build your audience. Infamy, I’m sure, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The last something of this rather long list of somethings is that you can achieve most things you set out to achieve. If you develop your skills and your blog, yourself and your writing, it will come. In whatever form, on whatever day it is ready. Then, your next task will be to maintain it. Which is another race all of it’s own.

Like the old saying goes, enjoy the journey. And something about it being the point.

I know I have.

  • Maddie colourmethere

    Amen to that, sister!

    • Thanks Maddie. Won’t get to catch up tomorrow. Made an attempt to drive home and made it to the sunshine coast. Soooo tired. Another time soon, for sure. xo

  • Trudie Bristow

    Love your words of wisdom.
    As I always remind myself constant forward motion, right?
    I’m so inspired at the moment and even more so after following the twitter feed from #nnb2012.
    I’m excited about my future, my blogs future, amongst some changes I’m embarking on…….some of it scary, but neccessary I think to keep that constant forward motion in place, in my own race.

    • Aboslutely. Forward motion is so powerful. I’m feeling very much the same myself at the moment. I sat on the plane for 45minutes just writing out post ideas. So there’s some good content coming up. THAT’S exciting. 😀

  • Awesome read, lots of meaningful somethings. Thanks to your tweets, and many others, I was able to play along at home with Blogopolis.

    • Thanks! I was concerned the tweets were a bit much (I have after all been at home wishing I was there) so I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed them.

  • Mrs Woog

    Great post and I agree. I focus on my writing as a craft, work out how I can share even the most boring story in an interesting way through words. It takes constant practice. I continually challenge myself. I am sure I will get there in the end xx

  • HumbirdsSong

    So true Liss. If you’re the tortoise, I’m the sloth 😛 I’m pretty happy just running my own race now, whereas once upon a time I felt the pressure to ‘keep up’. You’ve done an amazing job! x

    • Oh please be a Sloth! Am sitting here contemplating taking myself to Ice Age 4, on the Sunshine Coast on school holidays such is my love for the sloth. Fitting really. 😛 But seriously, you are where you are while you are so you might ad well enjoy it. I think that’s what I wanted to say.

  • Great point!
    i love the sloth comment below, ive been one of those for a lonnnng time but i have been trying to move to tortoise pace lately 🙂

    • Thaaaaanks! Picking up the pace a bit, I like it. Let me know if you need any assistance.

  • So true…. the not comparing yourself to others! I’m terrible when it comes to that! And yes, I need to remember it’s all about my writing. Nothing else!

    • Absolutely. Do your thing the best way you can, that’s all that matters.

  • Grace

    You nailed it, baby!!! Couldn’t have said it better. Maybe vodka soda’s should be my poison 😉

    • Thanks Grace. Heck, happy to pour the vodka soda’s for you. I’m an excellent bar wench. Haha.

  • What_Sarah_Did_Next

    Such wise words, Melissa! I love posts like these. I’m learning new things all the time and I figure as long as I keep on learning, keep on trying and keep on writing, I’m on the right track.

    • I think so, absolutely. The right track is a forward moving track. Thanks for visiting.

  • Great post Melissa. Enjoyed meeting you the other night – you were a lot of fun! It was at the end of the night so I really don’t expect you to remember. I don’t look like that avatar to the left either. That would be weird. x

    • Thank you! You’re absolutely right, the names had begun to blend together and since there’s no photo, I have no chance! Haha. Which of the group’s were you with? Inside, outside, with my roomies? Too many people, promise. Nothing to do with the vodka. 😛

  • Couldn’t agree more! Was great meeting you on Saturday night too. Blurry though it may have been (for me anyway…damn mojitoes).

    Run your own race, enjoy the journey. That’s all I can do because I am so insanely tiny, if I spent a lot of time comparing myself to you, or Eden or Mrs Woog or pretty much anyone, I wouldn’t do anything. Out of fear and embarrassment.

    Keep up the fabulous work!

    Brooke x

    • You too! Finally going through my cards and putting blog names and names and faces together.

      Thank you. 🙂

  • This is such a great post! The advice is also very timely for me as certain elements of my blog make me want to pursue new avenues. Patience and drive is key, I know, now to reserve some for my blog as much as my photography business!

    I love your blog and have been an on/off reader for ages. When I go through stages of not reading other blogs and come back to it, yours is always one of the first I come to read and that is a testament to your appeal x

    • Thank you Hannah. {I did reply yesterday but it seems to have dissapeared} Patience and drive indeed! Make yourself a blog plan and apply it just as you would for your photography business.

      Thank you for that. I’m glad you’re enjoying it around here. That makes me SO happy. xo

  • That’s beautifully worded. X

  • Maxabella

    All good points that we all need to hear. x

  • Loved this. From one tortoise to another, thank you. Sometimes, it’s really nice to hear. Signed, Tortoise still without a map xxx