When I began my blog last August, I told myself that it shouldn’t matter whether anyone reads it. Blogging would be an outlet, a way to gather and release my thoughts (some fleeting, some fundamental) about yoga. As a writer, I process through words. I wanted a free, uncensored forum sans gatekeepers.
Whatever the audience size, whatever the response, no matter. After all, words are my work—and also my play. I enjoy the process: choosing a topic, analyzing my thoughts, and crafting a sentence that makes the cut.
Such an exercise sharpens my mind. So, why should I be delighted if my blog stats rise and disappointed if they fall? I am changed, after all, by the act of writing. Shouldn’t that be reward enough?
It’s akin to any personal endeavor, including asana. My home practice is unseen by others. The “doing” of it is enough.
I’ve found that blogging takes an inordinate amount of time. I struggle not only to write my own posts but to keep up with other yoga blogs. Days or weeks might pass before I return to someone’s blog, even a bookmarked favorite. How did I spend my “free time” pre-August, before I paid attention to the yoga blogosphere? Sometimes, as I fine-tune a post late at night, racing the clock else miss my bedtime stretching, I wonder if blogging is worth it.
Truth be told, I do care about audience size and response. I am pleased (tickled pink, my dad might say) to receive comments, positive or negative. I am encouraged when my viewer stats spike. I am thrilled when other yoga bloggers link to my blog.
When respected fellow bloggers comment or otherwise signal that they are listening, it is especially redeeming. It’s as if my blog were favorably peer-reviewed.
I try not to be overly swayed by my audience. But I must also acknowledge its importance. Except for personal journals, writing means communication—and communication requires at least two parties. Through my blog, I’ve “met” yogis, from Seattle to Chicago to Montreal to Halifax, who’ve spurred my writing and thinking, by their own writing and thinking.
If none of the following bloggers (plus others whom I am overlooking) had offered their goodwill, my blog might be a stunted, abandoned experiment. Thanks (in no particular order):
Linda of Linda’s Yoga Journey; Bob W of Yoga Demystified; Nikki of Yoga with Nikki Chau; Brenda of Grounding Thru The Sit Bones; Dhana of Nourishing Body and Soul; YogaDawg of My Itchy Third Eye; Brooks of Yogic Muse; Eco Yogini; Jamie of Jamie on the Mat; YogaDork; Waylon of elephant; Lauren Cahn of Yoga Chickie; Chi-Chi of Where There’s a Will There’s a Way; Kristin of Namaste from Duluth; and Roseanne of it’s all yoga, baby (who deserves special thanks for including one of my posts in her list of favorite 2009 yoga blog posts)
Related post: “The wide world of yoga blogs”