The Internet is a wonderful place. It’s filled with beautiful people that have beautiful souls. It holds our history as humans and it will mold our future. But in this wonderful place lives one of life’s greatest evils. Comparison.
It’s true what they say about comparison being the thief of joy. It was the thief of mine. I started this blog to be a source of happiness for both me and for its readers. I love to write. I have always loved to write. And I finally felt like I had something to say. So I started The Sugared Peach. My excitement grew along with my page views and new visitors. The words that flowed from my fingers through the keys and onto the page were well received.
As I worked to grow my following through social media channels, I would follow new bloggers that I admired. Bloggers that had an immense following and thousands of readers. I wondered what they had that I didn’t. I scoured Pinterest for every blogging related article I could lay my eyes on. I read line after line and word after word to find out what I could do to be more like them. They told me I needed to find a niche. To find a niche and not stray. To only talk about this or to only focus on that. The overload of information I was filling my brain with was overwhelming…and total nonsense. Not to say that the writers of these articles didn’t have good points. As single articles read by someone other than me at that exact moment, I’m sure they were great reads. However, at the place I was at in my blogging journey, they were poison. So I stopped. One day, when I had finally beaten myself down a little too low, I left my blog and didn’t log back on.
Now, after some soul searching, I’ve decided to give it another go. My heart is pulling me to share my words, and I fully believe that this is God’s plan for me. I have something to say. A story to tell. This time, however, I’m 100% me. What I was missing the last time was me, being genuinely me. I am absolutely good enough just as I am today. And although I may not ever gain that immense following or thousands of readers, If my words help one person to feel better about themselves or their situation, I have succeeded.
So I hope you’ll follow along with me on round #2 of this journey. I hope you gain something from my words. I hope you feel encouraged when you leave my site. I hope you gain a sense of true happiness. But most of all, I hope you feel a little more connected with yourself and with God after you finish reading my heart on a screen.