Will I be a Successful Blogger?

Posted August 17, 2015 by Jess C. in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Secret of Success.”

In case you guys haven’t been paying attention…  I’m writing my first novel!  YAY!!!
As I’ve said in previous posts, it’s been a really long time since I wrote fiction.  (Or anything just for fun, really.)  So, when I started working on my book I quickly realized that I needed some help.
I’ve read a TON of books on writing. If you read my post on sucking then you know how that’s been.  Although, I just started Stephen King’s On Writing – LOVE it!  Recommend it to both writers and non-writers (but not if curse words offend you – he has a potty mouth!).
I’m also taking a class called 12 Weeks to a First Draft at Writers Digest University.  This has been immensely helpful!
The most consistent advice I’ve received is just to write – and not just when working on my novel.  And that’s what started the whole idea for this blog.  It was supposed to just be a place for me to write.  But in these few short weeks since I started blogging, it’s become so much more than just practice for me.
It’s a place that I come when I’m having a bad day.  I have discovered that the blogging community is supportive, fun, and laid back (and often sarcastic – which I love!).  You get support from all over the globe.  And there’s always someone who can relate to what you’re going through.  With an internet full of bloggers and blog readers, bad days just aren’t so bad.  You guys rock!
It’s also a place to engage my competitive side (which I should have expected, but didn’t).  Everyday, I want to exceed the number of visitors and viewers from the previous day.  I find myself sometimes checking my stats a little too often…
Do you know how competitive a person has to be to compete against themselves?
Let me just give you an example…  I’m a runner, I love to run races.  This includes my own personal “race” at the grocery store.  After my shopping is done, I figure out the average cost I spent per item – and I “place” myself.  The goal is always $2.00/item.  So if I come in at $2.00 or below, it’s like coming in first place.  $2.00 – $2.10 is 2nd; $2.11 – $2.29 is 3rd and anything above that is dead last.    I once saved over $100 in coupons, but my average was $2.34/item.  My husband was very happy, but I was secretly crushed.  (Yes, I know how sad this is.  I have a problem.)
So, how will I know when my blog is successful?  The truth is, I don’t know.
Do I hope to have 1,000’s of followers one day?  Yes, of course!  But, that’s not what I’m basing my success on…
In a way, I already feel like it is a success.  My confidence has increased so much from the support I’ve found here.  I know that our blogs are supposed to be written for our readers, but the joy I get from writing here is really for me.  I don’t have a huge group of followers, but I do have some pretty loyal ones and that’s so much better!

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0 responses to “Will I be a Successful Blogger?

  1. I think you’re off to a great start. Measuring Success isn’t an easy proposition because you have to define the parameters of what it means to you. For me, it’s about creating content and getting it out there. The more projects I complete, the more successful I feel. Best wishes. 🙂

  2. Know the feeling. At first I let the stats get me down if I didn’t have any visits on a given day, or if there were less today than yesterday. But i got over that. And I have found that writing on a regular basis increases my desire to finish more projects. Good luck on the book. Let us kow when you’ve got it out.

  3. Thanks for a great post. I think a blogger shouldn’t think whether or not people will follow them or whether they will be successful. One should just keep on writing if that’s the liberation point. Even if there are millions of bloggers out there, you need not have to fear them. There are certain characteristics that make you different from the bloggers around you. Blogs, being the representation of your personality, can be expressed in your own style. You can create your own voice. Audience appreciate originality. Speak up when you feel like. They want to see the real you.
    What do you think?

  4. Perhaps success is measured in the smiles you give, not receive, the love you extend, not get, the joy you bring, not the happiness you feel?
    I think that, just maybe, you are already a success.

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