One Small Voice Can Reach a Million People

September 24, 2010

If you have your own blog, and it’s quite new, I bet the silence is deafening. I know how you feel, I’ve been there. You’ve spent the last three months pouring your heart and soul into writing amazingly useful blogposts. And what do you get in return? A big fat nothing – it feels like you’re performing in front of an empty theatre.

That’s pretty much what happened to me. I turned in post after post, and nobody was listening. Then one day, a small voice spoke up in the comments section. What I didn’t know was that within three years, that small voice would be capable of reaching millions of people, connecting new bloggers and helping them to build powerful communities.

The small voice in the empty theatre belonged to Barbara Swafford, of Blogging Without a Blog. And to be honest, I almost shit a brick when I read her comment, because it meant I had to reply. I think it took me a good few hours to pluck up the courage.

Barbara and I began exchanging ideas and information on how to improve our blogs. And she soon began doing things that were way more impressive and useful than the advice doled out by the “A Lister Blogging Gods”. Every week, she spent hours searching for a promising new blogger to crown as her new blogger of the week.

She also empowered her readers to think about what they could do to improve their blogging efforts, and encouraged them to build powerful communities. Any blogger who stumbled across Barbara in the beginning was seriously lucky – no empty theatre for them.

And I was incredibly fortunate too. Because Barbara and I were already connected in the blogging community, her actions had a knock on effect on me, and suddenly, I was performing in front of a full house. I also got to meet some awesome people.

If it wasn’t for Barbara, I really don’t think I would have been able to keep up my enthusiasm for blogging at all. And that would have been a shame, because this blog has helped me make a full-time living online, doing work I really love.

So thank you Barbara – you rock and I love you.

If you’re new to blogging, and you’re feeling all alone, pop over and introduce yourself to Barbara Swafford at Blogging Without a Blog. You’ll be glad you did.

A special thanks to Patricia Hamilton of Patricia’s Wisdom, for coming up with the idea of this tribute to Barbara. And also to Creativity Coach, Davina Haisell of Shades of Crimson Creativity Coaching for letting me know about it.

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