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

 

Weekly Recap

In case you missed any of my posts this week, here they are:

Monday: Book Review: The Once and Future King

Tuesday: Type It Out Tuesday

Wednesday: Wednesday News

Thursday: Why Reading is Hard

Friday: Quote of the Day

 

Quote of the Day: Outliers

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Book Review: Outliers

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell is a book about what makes sucessful people sucessful and the situations they were in that contributed to their success.

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

I had to read Outliers in highschool and I really enjoyed it. People always claim that highschool education isn’t needed and you don’t have to go to college to make millions.

It is true, but people often assume that their success is because they are unnaturally gifted in what they do.

Gladwell’s primary objective in Outliers is to show that this assumption is often wrong, and that the success and expertise of these individuals comes from a combination of some crucial factors.

It’s a really interesting look at success that sometimes we just take for granted.

Now think about this. If a child is born in January, and another in December of the same calendar year, the kid born in January is almost an entire year older than the kid born in December, therefore smarter and stronger.

Now fast forward into the future and the kids are both in grade 2. The kid born in January is still almost a year older and because they are still stronger and smarter will likely be placed in more advanced groups for reading or math, and learn more difficult things, therefore progressing faster and faster. The kid born in December gets placed in a lower group and doesn’t learn as much therefore doesn’t progress as far, all because he was born in December and not January.

Now obviously this isn’t an exact science, but if you read Outliers he points out that a lot of NHL players are born in the earlier months of the year.

It’s an interesting idea and looking at my life is sort of true. Again, it’t not an exact science but I know of a few scenarios in my life that fit the bill perfectly.

He has other ideas in there. Gladwell claims that to be sucessful one needs to practice their craft for 10,000 hours to become succesfull. He also brings up a point with NBA players that the taller they are isn’t necessarily better, but being past a certain threshold is all that is needed to be sucessful.

Verdict: Worth the read. It’s a good look at success and the assumptions we often have of sucessful people.

Have you guys read it, other books by Gladwell? Let me know in the comments. I hear he’s written quite a few interesting books.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book with talking animals and a lamp post. Stay tuned!