Worthy Work

by Ginger on March 23, 2012

in Blogging & Social Media

I have this thing I want.

It’s a bloggy thing.

It’s a bloggy recognition thing.

Gah, even putting that out there seems presumptuous.

I try not to “want” too much from this whole blogging gig. I don’t hold out hopes for fame or fortune. For best of lists or millions of readers. For accolades beyond the ones I give myself when I press publish on a post I’m proud of, or that was hard to write, or that scares me a little.

I try not to expect more than I’ve already been blessed with.

But I do have this one thing I secretly want. And the reality is, I may never get it if I don’t tell someone about my want for it, given that it’s along the lines of that whole “submit someone else’s work” type things. But I don’t want to tell someone about it, I want it to be authentic. I want it to happen because I’ve written something that resonates with someone so much that they think it’s worth celebrating.

I want to have done the work that is worthy of someone recognizing it.

So I don’t tell anyone about this thing. And I just keep writing. I just keep trying to get better at putting words together and ideas together and feelings together. I push myself to be better here. I just keep on keeping on, with my little silent hope that someday, I’ll get this thing. Because I’ll have deserved it.

If I just keep writing.

 

Alyssa S. March 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

I know exactly what you mean! I tell myself I should write just for writing’s sake, but I find myself frustrated when I feel like I’m not even being read. Well, read by anyone other than the people who already know me. Sometimes I feel like the people I know who read only do it because they feel obligated. To know that someone came along with the sole purpose of reading what someone who they might not know had to say would be so awesome. And like you said, it’s about working hard to craft better and better work. I don’t think you are the only one out there who feel this way.

Ginger April 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Yes! Exactly!

Tragic Sandwich March 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Oh, me too! I haven’t tried to monetize my blog, and I’m not really sure I want to, but I would like something to come of it.

Katherine March 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

“I want to have done the work that is worthy of someone recognizing it.”

This is true of anything one puts effort into.

Classic NYer March 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

“I try not to “want” too much from this whole blogging gig.”

There’s nothing wrong with wanting too much. I’ve built a lifestyle around unreasonable ambitions. (When I’m rich and famous, that last statement will be a quotable.)

Jamie March 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I appreciate your blog, and am glad I stumbled upon it. Perhaps one day in the future we’ll meet face to face since we’re so close… but until then I’ll continue to read and relate to what I can. =)

Sela Toki March 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

I hear you. We all have our moments of “wanting” this and that. Persistent, as we all know, is the key to success. So keep on doing what you do best. WRITE.

Kate March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Your post hit home with me. Keep doing what you are doing. This is your place to ramble and it’s just perfect.

Christine @ Love, Life, Surf March 29, 2012 at 9:52 am

Your post hit home with me too. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I started blogging and what I really want from it. I realize for me, a lot of it is about the connection with people but there is also a part (OK a big part) of me that also wants the recognition. Or maybe it’s acknowledgement? In either case, I really LOVE your blog and your writing and your voice and just about everything.

Ginger April 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Acknowledgement. That’s a good word for it. It’s not necessarily that I want fame or fortune, but every once in a while, I just want…acknowledgement.

(and thank you. SO So much, for the lovely compliments. I’m blushing!)

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