Be true to yourself, and the rest will follow

keep it simple

I started this blog back in May of last year, hoping to reach a wide audience of people like myself who are struggling with living gluten and dairy free.

Since beginning this site, I have grown as a writer, advocate and advisor on gluten and dairy free living.  My post views and comments are increasing with each new day, and that is the most satisfying thing of all. People from all over the world are interested in what I have to say, and I find it amazing.

I never started this blog seeking fortune, fame, or glory.  I have visited numerous websites of not only other bloggers, but sites dedicated to gluten free or dairy free living.  Some of those sites are inspirational, while others have fallen into the trap of fame and celebrity status.  I feel that it detracts from the task at hand: to help others.

I learned a hard lesson a couple of years ago when I started my own genealogy research business.  I had spent over 10 years researching my own family back to the 1400’s, and wanted to help others in finding their family history.  I tried every trick in the book to drive business.  I placed advertisements, I put giant ad magnets on my car,  I added all kinds of bells and whistles to my site, and I even went to a couple of senior events to educate people on the importance of knowing your family history.  By the end of seven months, I had failed.  Yes, I did help one family help their father reunite with his birth family.  That was very rewarding, but, they were my only real clients.   They kept me afloat for awhile.  But my passion of finding my family history became a chore.  It was now a business, and with it came all the headaches of running that business.

Yes, I could update my blog site.  Yes, I could advertise my consulting services.  But I am not going to do that.  I truly appreciate the small victories I have achieved over the past several months.  I do not have 40,000 followers on facebook, twitter or instagram.  In fact, facebook is my least successful venue.  Wordpress is my most successful by far.  The reason being, I believe, that we all support each other in what we are doing, and what we believe in.

So I will be an amateur at blog writing.   The word amateur means literally “for the love of”-a person who engages in a study, sport, or other activity for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons.   And I will remain true to myself.  I will follow the KISS rule.  And I will enjoy every single minute of it.  

Thanks to all of you who read, comment and share my blog.  My hope is that you will continue to do so, and that others will as well.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Howto$tuffYourPig says:

    I don’t do well on Facebook either. I think it’s because they want you to pay to get noticed. I am too cheap for that! Lol!


    1. glutenfreelady says:

      I tried that with my business-spent a small fortune that got me nowhere. Thank you for commenting, and your support.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jessica Adam says:

    You have a great blog. 🙂


    1. glutenfreelady says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jessica Adam says:

        I’ve noticed that Facebook is sort of hit and miss. Mostly I have a handful of faithful supporters that’ll comment on there, but most show everyone else shows their support by more of quietly reading. Sometimes that doesn’t make big numbers, but the way I see it is, making the difference in ONE person’s life is a difference worth making!

        Your blog has already helped me in many ways. I’m glad you have it!

        P.S. I’m sorry to hear your other business didn’t make it.


      2. glutenfreelady says:

        You’re so right Jessica. That’s what it’s all about.
        Thank you so much for your support.

        Liked by 1 person

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