A Facebook friend shared a photo of an inspiring quote on her wall and boy oh boy, I found myself turning on the computer again. "I have to blog about these thoughts!", I said. So here I am.
Disbelief is the most appropriate term to describe how I feel whenever I'd get so many "likes" on each of my post on the blog's page. Fine, is that too shallow for me to even blog about? Let us put it this way. Why do you even share it on Facebook in the first place when you are not even excited to get "likes", right? It can be different for other bloggers but honesty is one of my best traits so the heck to those who say *aspiring likes on social media is an illness*. It matters to bloggers. That is how you gauge your engagement with your followers. Simply put - no likes mean no connection. In fact, when I notice that a post doesn't get at least a single like, I delete it. And will just post it again to try. But thank God I have a loyal follower in the initials that come in IDP, who never fails to like each of my post on Facebook or Instagram. Luv yah, girl. You know who you are. *winks*
To get to my point, the quote on the photo says - "You will be too much for some people. Those aren't your people." And I was like, "Ohhhhhh, shocks. This is perfect. This is the best thing the internet has ever told me about blogging."
Yes, right? Why would you adjust your *sparkle* for some people who get blinded by it? Why would you stop doing what you love to do for people who don't actually get it? Why would you try your best to reach out to those who are walking away from you? It's time to wake up, Denise. That was what the sophisticated voice has told me. Yes, my conscience is the more intelligent, more sosyal version of me, hehe.
As of writing this, the link to the Asian Parent Philippines article about my love for food and mothering, which I shared on my Facebook page, has already garnered almost 700 reactions. That is some serious online validation out there. I am not going to lie; I am loving the attention I am getting from all of you. I think I said in one of my previous posts that I am a closet-introvert but hey, a little online fame won't hurt. After all, I've been blogging for four amazing years already but this is the first time that I'd get organic likes from real people! I mean, my new followers are the type who don't care about giveaways. They are the type who are happy when I share family, marriage and motherhood stuff. Even my virtual pamangkins (aka college peeps, not wives or moms) who call me Tita D are very supportive of my #BaonSerye. Feeling ko nga sila ang nagpa-viral nun eh. My Facebook page insights tell me that my number of followers skyrocketed around 2 in the morning. Wow, the youngsters do not sleep, they are just on Facebook. LOL.
Before I freeze my hands from too much typing and clicking since this morning, I'd like to leave this with all of you who might be wondering why I get excited with this thing called *online validation*. When I shared the #BaonSerye album, I wasn't wishing for so many people to like it. I mean, there are a lot of mom bloggers who already do that! Meron pa ngang mas magaganda at mas creative ang gawa kesa sa gawa ko, sa totoo lang. You should check them out! So all these "ang galing mo naman", "you are an inspiration", "I hope I can be like you when I become a mom" are all unexpected. I read something like this somewhere and it's true - beautiful things are more wonderful to the feels when it come unexpectedly.
I still cannot believe that it's all being said to and about me. Kasi alam niyo ba, in all honesty, my family and closest friends do not shower me with encouraging words. Or... maybe they just don't want to tell me para hindi ako magyabang? Haha! I have no idea. Kaya grateful ako sa inyong lahat. Kasi one of my two love languages is Words of Affirmation. Your words make me sparkle more! Maraming salamat. ♥
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