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Are You Vital or Viral?

Are You Vital or Viral?

“Approval is a terrible fuel for dreams.” – Jon Acuff

Last week as I was catching up on some blogs, I came across the following bit from Chad Jones’ blog Randomly Chad, and it has been rolling around in my mind ever since:

“[Your audience knows] the difference between trying to be viral, versus writing that’s vital.”

Sometimes I think I would chuck being vital out the window if it meant I could have one post that went viral.

Yes, I can be that shallow and shortsighted.

It’s easy to do when I get hung up on my blog stats.

Now it’s not that having around a dozen views of a blog post on launch day is terribly shabby. I could have zero views, for instance. But when I see other bloggers who have more hits on a post in one day than I have for my blog in a whole week (if not month)well . . . before you can say “Bob’s your uncle!” I am in the midst of a nifty little pity party.

But really – should I be blogging with the goal of getting more followers? Should I be doing anything I do for the approval of others? Because, lets be honest, that’s not a good route to go. I’ll disappoint people. I may tick them off. They may find what I write one day boring beyond belief. Any myriad of things can happen that will equal a loss of approval for either a day or a week or forever.

But if I write and share and live and act with the motivation of wanting to encourage, to share something that is vital and refreshing and renewing for even one person, well . . . that sounds like something worth doing, like something that will give a real, soul-deep satisfaction. Seeking approval and pats on the back would, I think, be little more than feeding an ego that is never truly satisfied.

So today I throw being viral out the window. Instead may I be, in however small a way or narrow of a space, vital because I have the truly Vital One in me.

*Photo Credit: Andres Rueda (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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