Know what makes me crazy? Trying to figure out which of my blog posts will strike a chord with readers, and which won't. I mean, there's just no way to predict it. Sometimes I put my heart and soul into a post, and as I'm writing it, I can just feel the words falling magically into place. My fingers are on fire, and I'm thinking "This is good, really good. This is important. This is going to resonate! Then what happens? Zip. Nada. Not one word of response. Other times, I'll dash off a quick filler piece, just off the top of my head, without putting any real thought into it, and the second I push "publish" I start getting feedback! Go figure?
To tell you the truth, it kind of makes me nuts, trying to second guess you guys. I am hopeful though. Many veteran bloggers claim that you eventually get over this need to have positive feedback, in order to feel that a piece has value. My brain keeps telling me that just because no one comments , that doesn't mean the essay didn't strike a chord somewhere, or send out any ripples. But alas, my heart has a hard time believing it. I'm going to work hard to convince it, though, for that's exactly where I want my writing to come from - the heart - and not from some need to please an audience. Because, when all is said and done, that's the only way it can have any real value, don'cha think?