“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” – Sadie Delany
“Am I going to change the world, or am I going to change me? Or maybe change the world a little bit, just by changing me?” – Sadie Delany
Recently I answered a short survey for writers that asked us to categorize our blogs. According to the categories listed, I am an “Up-and-comer” because I have more than 100 subscribers. The rest of the description of the Up-and-comer was, “You’re starting to see some traction but aren’t sure where to go from here.” This doesn’t seem true, but I don’t fit in the next levels, semi-pro and pro, because I’m not paid.
And when I told a friend that my blog has more than 3,000 subscribers, he responded, “But are you paid?”
Maybe I am overly sensitive, but I infer from these two occurrences that some people think I am not a successful blogger, because I am not paid.
I talked about this with a group of friends, who immediately jumped to my defense. “3,000 subscribers? That’s amazing.”
I then made self-deprecating remarks. “Not many people actually read all my posts.”
These friends then went on,
- “It doesn’t matter if everyone reads your blog consistently. 3,000 subscribers is a lot.”
- “You inspired me to start my own blog.”
- “If you get one person thinking about her life, you’ve made a difference.”
After reflecting on this, I looked at the 2015 WordPress report for my blog. Women Making Strides received 3,600 views last year. That is not bad. Thank you, dear reader, for your support. The report stated, “Some of your most popular posts were written before 2015. Your writing has staying power.” Suddenly I feel successful despite what others may think. Just as important, I enjoy writing the posts and reading your comments.
I also enjoy my work as a church librarian, although I am not paid for that either. I love books, so this ministry is a pleasure. My work has a purpose, and I like helping people. For example, I recently helped a man find resources for talking to a friend who has turned away from God.
However, work may not always be a pleasure. A few years ago, my daughter Katie was on track for being a teacher. She taught preschoolers and then taught English to children in South Korea. Unfortunately, Katie didn’t enjoy teaching because it sapped her energy. She decided to become a graphic designer.
After earning a second degree, Katie is now employed full-time at a small company, where she enjoys doing a variety of design work.
I’m glad Katie changed her career path, and that her work is now a pleasure.
What about you?
Is your work (paid or unpaid) a pleasure? Does your work have a purpose? How do you feel about that?