Aug 21, 2012

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Rebecca said...

And your blog is great. So if you write it they will come...or something like that :)

Caroline said...

Thanks, Rebecca. I think YOU are great. :)

Elizabeth said...

Great post! I *always* fall for the whole overnight sensation thing, so thanks for the reminder that every blogger works it in some way.

Caroline said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! I included this portion because I have found overnight sensations to be a myth in almost any profession: acting, writing, blogging--you name it. And it's not helpful to perpetuate that myth even when it sounds more glamourous than saying--I worked very, very hard!

Living on Love said...

Well said, friend! Tweeted and shared with my readers on Facebook. Love to you!

-Lacy

Jane Gassner said...

I loved your analysis of overnight sensations. Too funny! It's the bloggers version of the 'fish I caught last year' story: it was always bigger than anything caught this year.

Unknown said...

Great post, Caroline! So so true. Blogging is hard work and it takes A LOT of time to get anywhere with it, it seems. I know a few of those "overnight sensations" and it definitely was not overnight. It takes commitment for sure, and perseverance.

I'm so blessed to have some very good friends that have come from blogging. Some I have met in real life and some not... like you! The friendships indeed are as real as any face to face friendship is. They also take time and intentionality, and sincerity. That's what I appreciate about you, friend... and we WILL meet face to face someday!

Anonymous said...

It's great advice--and you do it so well. You have a talent for engaging with others in a genuine way. Your comments are always so thoughtful.

Stephanie said...

So true! I have a tiny overnight success story from one post that went viral and hasn't stopped, but I had been busting my ass for two years before then. And I am still am. It just fueled me to work harder.

Caroline said...

Stephanie--thanks so much for chiming in! I was bringing up this point to inspire people to work hard and not think just one thing will happen "overnight" and make them a "success". And like you, I do know (firsthand) how viral posts can be a huge boost--it's just not everything and it's never overnight that it happens.

:)

Caroline said...

Leslie--thanks so much for your comment. I comment in a genuine way because for me the relationships are real. I may not always have time to visit every place (my kids need me and I need them) but when I do stop by, I make sure I'm sincere about it.

Jenny--yes it is hard work--but rewarding and with good time management--anything is possible! YOU inspire me with your work and your beautiful blog!

Jane--it helps to keep it in perspective and if I'm being completely honest, I think I also wrote this to remind myself it's never uncool to say you worked for it!

Lacy--thanks for the shares and tweets! :) xo!

ALLISON CARMEN said...

Caroline, Thank you for writing this blog. I actually thought it would go from my mother to the world for a long time. Letting that piece go and embracing my blog and all the wonderful bloggers out there has been fabulous. Now I wonder if the destination can ever match the awesome journey!!

Susan Anderson said...

This is wonderful advice, Caroline, and I think you hit it right on. Blogging should be a conversation, not a monologue.

=)

Lisa said...

Caroline, this is such a valuable article - thank you for sharing your thoughts! While I love reading and commenting on blogs, I haven't been very consistent on social media platforms such as FB, Twitter and Pinterest (or Instagram - ha!). Posting doesn't come natural to me and I'm so uncomfortable with promoting myself! I know this needs to change and your post inspires me to become more strategic and consistent with how I utilize social media. Thank you for demystifying the overnight success story! You posts are always a treat :)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I love your blog. Blogging does take work to be successful. I never believe the overnight sensations either.