A good friend of mine sent me a link to a Zen Habits article this morning. I liked it so much that I clicked on other posts and chanced upon Crazy Talk: The Do-What-You-Love Guide, which resonated with me. So many of the points that he raised can be applied to book blogging but what stood out for me was this:
It’s the doing and loving that matters. Many people focus on growing, or hitting goals, or making money, but they forget what matters. What matters most is loving what you do. If you love it, and you’re doing it, you’ve already succeeded. Don’t worry so much about achieving certain levels of success — people push themselves so hard to reach those things that they forget to enjoy what they’re doing, and in the process they lose the reason they’re doing it in the first place.
I love how it makes things simple: do what you love and you’ve already succeeded. I love reading, I love blogging and I’m doing both so that makes me a winner! No need to base success on other factors such as the number of posts I put up, the number of followers I have or the number of comments I get. Lately, I keep saying that I don’t spend as much time as I’d like on both reading and blogging. I’ve learned not to let that bother me because there really isn’t any reason to pressure myself. I’ve been reading for most of my life and I still get excited by the idea of discovering amazing books. I’ve been blogging for almost three years and it’s still as fun as when I first started. I should start seeing that as an accomplishment, we all should. So, so, so. Fellow readers and bloggers, give yourself a pat on the back for doing what you do! Let’s keep on spreading our love for the written word and consider ourselves champs while we’re at it.