Bloggers have a tough job at times, especially early on. To do good work requires a lot of effort. Many times it seems like there’s no one reading what you write. I share this because it’s something all bloggers experience. I want to let others know they’re not alone. We all go through periods where we wonder “Does what I’m doing even matter?”
It’s a personal question I can’t answer for you. I will say that in my own experience people have been affected by what I write even when I don’t know about it. I’ve gotten emails years after writing a post saying how much it meant at the time. Even if I never receive a note, though, those folks are still out there. So if you’re working on a blog and it seems like you never hear back via comments or Twitter or emails or anything, don’t fret. What you’re going through is normal. Keep doing your best.
Still, maybe you don’t even have three fans in the audience? What if your worst fears are true, and there really ISN’T anyone reading? The good news is you can still write for you. Practice, edit, and put your all into your writing just the same*. This may just be a stepping stone to bigger things down the road. You can’t get past the stone you’re on, though, if you don’t step across it. Keep going.
*These are times for me as a Christian to hold to things like Colossians 3:23 which says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” While that may not help everyone to keep at it, it is a useful reminder for me. I also often need prodded on the “with all your heart” bit, as I tend to slack off too often! Still work to be done.