The date is December 23rd, 2017. It has been almost three months since I left my job and new work has yet to find me. When I left my job, I was ignorant to the affects that it would have on me being out of work for the first time in eight years.
Work for me was a time filler, when you’re doing 40-60 hours a week it gives you a daily activity and sense of purpose. I had many co-workers that were friendly and engaging, and this gave me a sense of community and a social atmosphere to be around every day. The problem was, that this job wasn’t pushing me like I wanted it too. I was too comfortable, and it wasn’t preparing me for where I wanted to go, and what I want to be.
When I left, there was this giant void in my life. I lost the daily social interaction and sense of purpose when I got up in the morning. After a month of apply for jobs and not even hearing back, I was frustrated, anxious and depressed at where I was in life. I had to figure out what make me tick, and what things can I be doing on my own to help with this period. I turned to fitness and blogging as an outlet, and I couldn’t be happier that I did.
When I first started blogging, I thought it was all about the likes and followers, but there was only one problem. I wasn’t getting any of either. This is when I started to engage with the community around me on WordPress. I started to read the content that others were producing and I learned a few lessons.
- I’m not the only one struggling, and listening to the struggles and stories of others can put your life into perspective and motivate you. You see what others are doing daily to make their lives better, and that pushed me.
- WordPress is a communal site. If you think people are going to flock to your blog because write a few paragraphs, you are sadly mistaken. Engaging with others and being a member of the community of positivity and encouragement is as important as your content. Be the voice you want to hear when someone talks about your work.
- The online community is a place to be open and honest. In real life, I find myself living according to the expectations of others, but on my blog, I am myself. If I am having a shit day I can say so, and I know the community of WordPress can relate and give me the boost I need. I don’t need to exaggerate the lifting stats for you, just be honest and humble with every view and comment I get.
In closing, the communal effort of WordPress bloggers has gotten me through a tough low in my life. I put my head down, put on my blinders and spent weeks asking myself where do I want to be, who do I want to be, and what am I right now. I am still figuring out the answers to these questions but I didn’t do it on my own. Taking in the experiences of communal bloggers has given me new perspective on life, and that is something that money cannot buy.
Soon to be “Johnny Two Plates”