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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Selfish Year.

Today marks the 365th day of the existence of this little slice of blog heaven.

I wasn't quite sure what exactly one is suppose to post about on their blog's first birthday. I can't really list my accomplishments, because I didn't actually make a list of goals when I set out on this journey. A Runaway Muse is my creative outlet to keep me from going completely bonkers. Like free therapy. It still is, so I guess that's an accomplishment of sorts.

So instead of making up something, I took the "selfie" route. This is me, today, on the 'Muse's first birthday. I'm still smiling, so that's a bonus. {Oh the wit just pours out of me}. Thus, I feel like a new tradition has been born. Each year I'll post a picture of myself, to chronicle not only how my blog progresses but also my growth as a human being. Two birds, one stone.

A while back, I was frequenting my regular Google+ communities, and there is one particular discussion that has since still resonated with me. I was adding my input on a general discussion question posed by Katy, who asked this:

"How often do you post? I'm trying to increase traffic to my blog and I can't decide would more posts put people off or would they increase it?"

After a my first brief answer, I continued with explaining how I've dubbed my first year at A Runaway Muse as a "selfish" year, where I pay absolutely no attention to my blog traffic. I don't schedule posts, and I don't follow a strict posting schedule. I don't write unless I want to write. And when I do write, I don't think about how many people I'm trying to reach, or how many followers I want to grab up. Trust me, this theory did not happen overnight. I tried a posting schedule once. Needless to say, it didn't work out. I even tried to implement a Pinterest Experiment to see if I could gain more Pinterest followers. That didn't work either {not because the experiment was sham, it was because of my legit lack of effort}. Like I mentioned, my only intention was to use this space as a free creative outlet, and if I'm lucky, I may inspire somebody along the way. So that is what I stuck with.

Even with this almost 'anti-blog' mentality, something funny happened. With literally NO EFFORT {ok, maybe like 5% effort}, I still started to gain a following. Um, how?! With this logic I should literally have 1 follower {my mom} and have 5 hits on a good week.

Well, it only took 365 days, but I've finally figured it out.

Create good content.

BOOM. Mind blown. I know, I felt the same way. Something so simple, yet so complex, is the key to the blogging world. If you can create good content, the rest is history. If you don't already know what good content is, then perhaps blogging isn't the right hobby for you.

If you're like me and know what good content is, but haven't exactly found your niche yet in the blogging world.. why not take a selfish year and figure it out? Maybe it's a selfish 6 months, where you throw all your standards out the window. Focus on peeling back a few layers and digging your teeth into 100% genuine, juicy content. 'Cause guess what, blogging has no standards. Take your blog by the balls and make it work for you, not the other way around.

I can only imagine what would have happened if I put my remaining 95% effort into this space.

At the end of the day, I feel like I've found my place in the blogging world. I've figured out what works. Does that mean I'm going to apply this winning formula every single day? Nope. Partially because I'm lazy, but mostly because I have a life outside of the blog, and currently that life does not have enough downtime to spend writing posts and connecting with others in the blogging world. But when that day comes, I'm ready for it.

What are your thoughts on "The Selfish Year"?

Am I bat-shit crazy?

Stay classy,


  1. Congratulations and happy 1st Birthday! I think taking a selfie each year is a great idea :)


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