I wrote a post awhile back about how I am going to be less of a slave to statistics. So far so good. I won’t blow smoke up your ass and tell you that I don’t check the stats, because I do. It’s just nowhere near as often.
The one thing I can’t shake my addiction to is positive feedback. There isn’t a bigger rush, a better feeling than someone telling you that they appreciate your words.
When I started publicly posting my writing, I had the same trepidation and fear that we all have.
Nobody will give a shit what I have to say.
People are going to think it sucks.
I’m putting too much of myself out there.
Once I started to post more of my writing, and feedback started to come in, it made me realize that I was helping people.
Let me say that again. MY writing was helping people.
Other writers saying that my words encouraged them to start posting their work. People telling me that my words motivated or inspired them. What a fucking rush that is.
“ Excellent insights Scott! This is the encouragement I needed to keep pressing on.”
“ Great post Scott…another example of a simple story revealing the best advice.”
“ Anyways, just wanted to thank you for this. Definitely your writing has helped me.”
When I start to feel in a rut with my writing I go back and read the comments on my posts. Comments of praise and comments of disagreement. People took the time out of their lives to respond to something that I wrote. That is inspiring. That keeps me writing more.
I am happy to be curtailing my statistics addiction, but my addiction to positive feedback is one that I don’t want to break.