Sometimes I just step back and wonder what all of the competition is about. But then I don't really like competition. It makes me feel anxious.
Competition is everywhere in our society. When we are young we compete for grades and to be picked first for team sports. As we get older we compete for the best college, the perfect spouse, and the best paying job.
We are often made to feel "less than".
What is wrong with being second, or last, or not being picked at all. It is often that not being picked frees us to find what we really want in life, to go out on our own.
Maybe not getting into a top tier college lets us find a small school that has just the program we want and friends who have similar interests.
Maybe the corporate world isn't the right fit for us, because we are a free spirit who would wither under all of those rules and regulations.
Yes, the blogging world is just like the rest of the world. There are those bloggers who are competing to be the best. To be picked first. To have the highest stats, the largest readership, the most comments. I applaud those bloggers, but I also applaud the bloggers who are just writing what they love. Who put themselves out there everyday to share their voice.
When I first started blogging I was worried about my stats all of the time. I had no stats. Now I rarely check my stats. It isn't because I don't want people to read my blog. I hope they will, but I hope they do it because they like what I am writing. I hope they know that I consider them my friends.
I follow and read blogs that I feel a connection with. They may be very large blogs or very small ones, but I feel that they are writing what they love. Their blogs are an extension of their personalities.
So, you don't have to move over for me. My spot is my own and there is plenty of space for you to sit right along side of me in your own spot.
P.S. I wrote the majority of this post last night, but when I woke up this morning, I started to read some of my favorite blogs. I found this post by Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams. She is writing about finding your blogging voice. As always, it is a very good read.