A few months ago I started taking a leadership course. Inside that course I took on a project, “You’re Not Alone!” to build an online community for people with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by muscle, joint, or bone pain, fatigue, and a wide range of other symptoms.
My wife has suffered from it for a few years. I have watched her struggle; unable to help her other than saying a few words of encouragement. The inspiration for my project is my wife and Manuel Hernandez, founder of TuDiabetes; a community for people touched by diabetes. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2006 and had found the TuDiabetes site through the blogging community. I reached out and asked Manny for help in creating a similar community for fibromyalgia. He warned me that in the beginning it would seem like nothing was happening but gave me a lot of ideas on how to get things going. The article below is about blogging and grass and patience. I think it is about commitment versus attachment to outcome.
Sometimes Blogging is Like Watching Grass Grow
Similarly – a blog needs to put it’s roots down in it’s first few months and can take a lot of work – for seemingly few results. However there’s more going on under the surface than you might think. While reader numbers might not be great those first few readers can spread the word of your blog far and wide, the decisions you make about design, SEO, topic, voice etc all can have a lasting impact upon your blog.