What does success look like as a blogger?

What does success look like as a blogger?

When I started this blog as a school assignment my first thought was “Ugh, I’ll have to figure out what I can talk about every week.”

Once I started writing the first few posts, it was like a switch had turned on in my head and suddenly I had dozens of ideas I wanted to try, posts I wanted to make, and things I wanted to do to get my name out there.

The blog quickly became something that I loved and wanted to take full-time, and it didn’t take long for me to buy my WordPress domain and start posting daily content.

The next step after that was to start engaging with the book blogging community and my followers to gain traction within the community.

It’s not easy engaging with audiences. You have to constantly be looking online, talking to them, and growing your brand and image so that you can stay relevant and not fall behind.

It was while I was talking to some of the members of the book blogging community that I realized how much more “succesful” they were compared to my blog.

Some blogs had been around for years, slowly growing their following and community, while others started within the last year or so, and were miles ahead of where I was.

It got a little disheartening after a while. Seeing all these succesful bloggers, booktubers, and whatever else I could find online with hundreds and thousands of followers.

How could I keep up with them?

Clearly they were doing something right that I wasn’t doing in order to be so succesful.

I had lost my heart for blogging. I didn’t want to bother any more. I mean when it comes down to it, how would a little book blog make any  money? It would just be a waste of my time, sharing my thoughts and stories on the internet and get basically no reward from it.

That’s the mindset I had for quite a while before something changed. I couldn’t point it to a specific moment, or even a day or two.

It may have been from writing different posts and falling in love with it all again, but something made me realize what I wanted from the blog and why I had enjoyed doing it so much.

The goal wasn’t to make money one day, the goal wasn’t to become some world-famous blogger that people all over the world knew about.

The original goal had been to enjoy being a blogger, and I haven’t stopped doing that. I love sharing my stories, my thoughts, and my opinions.

I love sharing my take on different books, or giving writing prompts, or sharing a quote from the book I reviewed to the community.

I love having all these ideas flowing through my mind of different things I could do to share my voice with other people, whether that was different types of posts, different platforms, or even different types of books.

This was when I realized that success as a blogger, for me at least but im sure others in the community also, is just to enjoy doing it. You don’t need to have thousands of followers or make a lot of money, or get thousands of views a day.

You don’t need to be the best, or the most succesful. Hell, you don’t even need to have any readers.

To me, the point of a blog is to enjoy what you’re doing. I mean if you don’t like what you’re doing and you are forcing yourself to get posts out every day or every week then what’s the point?

If you get followers, or get famous from it, then that’s a bonus. Making a little money is probably pretty exciting too, and can’t hurt the fact that you’ll enjoy doing it more.

Yeah, if you’re making a blog that doesn’t have viewers it gets disheartening, and you’ll probably want to quit, but it does get better.

It may take some time, and it may not be easy, but it does get better. People will read it.

In this world that’s full of online content, it’s difficult to gain traction compared to those who have been doing it for years, but it will happen.

All you have to do is keep doing it. Keep posting, keep writing, and keep falling in love with what you’re doing and people will find you.

I hope this helps in some way. Sometimes it gets frustrating, trying to post regular content with no reward, but it does get better, and if it’s not something you want to continue, that’s fine too.

It’s difficult to do this. It’s difficult to post regular content while juggling who knows how many other things in your life, but you should do it because you love it.

Why do you love blogging? Is it the followers? Sharing your own stories and opinions? Let’s talk about it in the comments

 

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2 responses

  1. Pingback: Weekly Recap « On My Bookshelf

  2. This is a great post- and so true! I love blogging because I love all the people I’ve met and readers I’ve gotten to interact with. I don’t have many in-real-life friends who read but I could blabber on about books all day. Between my blog and my GoodReads community my hobby doesn’t feel so lonely anymore.

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