Influencer – An influencer is someone in your niche or industry with sway over your target audience. Influencers have specialized knowledge, authority or insight into a specific subject. Their pre-existing presence in a niche makes them a useful launching pad for brands in search of credibility.
I’ve always said that if one day when I die and people stand around my grave, just one person was to say that I have positively influenced them; that I made a tiny little difference in one person’s life, I would know that I did OK. Those few little words would mean that I’ve accomplished what I was put on earth to do.
Pause to take note that I’m not saying I’ve figured out my purpose, but deep down I feel that that is something that I am meant to do. Perhaps something that we are all meant to do, but that’s a topic for another day
Influencer, yes, getting back on track. I suppose I am what you could call the most consistently inconsistent blogger you’ll ever get to know. My writing efforts have been lacking something, somewhat, some sort of ….. finality. Well, to be honest, it completely and totally lacked any actual writing effort whatsoever. My “imaginary” writing skills, well those have been on fire. I’ve had probably 4 or 5 pieces a week this year; countless stories I’ve been burning to put to paper; stories which were planned and plotted and edited to masterpieces – in my mind – I’ve had countless pieces that have all disappeared, stories I can never get back., but for that, I only have myself (and time, way too little time) to blame. So, in light of all of this, I found it very funny when Luke called me an “Influencer” earlier tonight.
While clearing the dinner plates he walked past my laptop; a black page on it with the cursor slowly blinking in the space that would soon be filled with the words of a post completely different from this one; he looked at the screen and said -in a very typical I-know-it-all-and-you-are-old 17-year-old teenager filled with hormones kind of way – “so, I see you are starting your own blog, you should rather start vlogging you know, maybe do your own YouTube channel. A blog is so…..old, like you”. “It’s not a new blog” I replied. He paused for a second, his eyes widened and surprise flooded his face, “O! You mean it’s still the same one from back in G Bay? Wow, Mom, I’m impressed, you’re actually an influencer!”. I chuckled as I was correcting him. Being an influencer would mean that I, first of all, need to be more consistent, I would need to know – really know – what I’m talking about (opposed to the random ramblings I blurt out from time to time) and lastly, but not in the least less important, I would need to reach a lot more people.
On that point, may I add a thank you to those who are still subscribed and still make the effort to read what I write. In spite of my total lack of starting, finishing and actually posting something, you are still here and still reading and responding. For that, I am truly grateful.
Maybe, through my ramblings and experiences and thoughts, I can influence someone somewhere in the world. Maybe that person can be you…
PS: I am not making any grandiose promises of writing more often or better. If this year has taught me anything, it is that time is precious and you make the best of it. I will no longer feel guilty over things that weren’t mine to be guilty about to start with. Nor, will I feel guilt over not meeting the expectations placed on me by others to silence the little voice in their own head, the little voice that is meant to nudge them to start and do something. I am me, I am busy, I will write as and when I can.
Do I hope I’ll get to do it more often? Yes! Do I hope you will contribute and comment? Definitely yes! Do I hope to influence someone? You bet I do!