Don’t Give Up on Your Writing Dreams
Even When it Seems Like the Increase is Slow in Coming
by Joanne Troppello
I have always loved to write since I started writing poems and short stories when I was in junior high school. My reasons for writing have changed throughout the years, but lately I’ve been focusing more on sharing my faith through tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook and Instagram, and articles here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Time is short. I want to share my faith and I’m glad God created me to be a creative person so I can do this through writing.
Sing to the Lord, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. – I Chronicles 16:23-24 (NKJV)
Standing Out from the Crowd
With over 500 million blogs online globally, sometimes it can be a daunting task to make my mark online amongst all these blogs. Yes, I’ve done my homework and have been working on search engine optimization (SEO), using the right main keywords long-tail keywords, and creating educational content that meets Google’s E-A-T Guidelines for Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness—all so I can organically rank higher in search engine results pages (SERPs).
However, I know that it takes time to establish your blog. I’ve been blogging for a while. However, I’m still plugging along trying to provide interesting and educational content that will be worthy of backlinks to improve my domain authority score which can increase my online ranking.
A while back, I wrote an Abecedarian poem (each line of the poem starts with the corresponding consecutive letter of the alphabet) about writing and wondering if anyone would ever read my words. Sure, that sounds a bit dramatic, but sometimes that’s how I feel.
Abecedarian Poem: Will Anyone Ever Read My Words?
Yet I keep on writing and writing and writing
At times it seems like an endless journey writing continuously,
but never finding that magic formula fit to formulate success.
Can I stop writing, I ask myself endlessly day after day?
Definitely not, the resounding answer comes to my mind.
Even if no one ever read another word, I would keep writing,
fighting to exist in this online world where other writers keep
grinding out their own thoughts, impressions, and views.
Hopeless feelings sometimes threaten to overwhelm me yet,
I am resolute in my conviction that writing is my mission in life.
Joy still permeates my being when that perfect word combination
knits together for a poem, blog, article, or chapter I know will resonate.
Love for using words to share my deepest thoughts, fears, and dreams
motivates me to keep writing, creating, and delivering on my goals
Opportunities abound to the eye that is open and looking for new
places to share our work with the world, hoping for reader connection.
Quarrelsome thoughts daily wrestle in my mind to stop me from
running this race that is my life as a writer searching for inner satisfaction.
Simultaneously, my inner drive urges me to keep going no matter what,
through all distractions, life stresses, disappointments, and times when I
underestimate myself—when I need to focus on believing in my abilities.
Vulnerability is something that I want to always permeate every single
word I write, so I can connect with people of all types and mindsets—like an
X-ray machine allowing people to see through to my innermost being.
Yes, I am on the right track pursuing my writing goals and dreams as
zealously as I can—even if no one ever reads another word, I’ll keep going.
© Joanne Troppello
In God’s Perfect Timing
I know that God has perfect timing. He has a plan, and I am trusting Him for that plan to unfold. I have assurance and peace that I am supposed to be publishing this magazine. Ever since I’ve joined alternate social media sites like Parler, CloutHub, Spreely, MeWe, ConnectZing, and SayScape, I have seen a significant increase in daily visitors as compared to when I was only posting the daily article on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you to all our subscribers and visitors! You are greatly appreciated. God bless and feel free to share any times you’ve felt led to do something, but the increase was slow in coming.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.