I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s posts about how they feel they’re a blogging success but for so long was scared to add my thoughts to the mix. I put this down to having frequent “blogging wobbles”. Like seriously, every couple of weeks. I think blogging is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me. Some days I look at my stats and want to weep. I get so deflated when something I’ve taken time over has had hardly any views! I feel it’s a constant battle to be seen
on this big old internet and the self promotion is exhausting. But, a few days later someone may share it, or a friend will say they read it and liked it. And then I will feel on top of the world. See, rollercoaster. I told you!
The other day I was telling a non blogger friend about blogging. She asked me how it was going. When I started to tell her the nitty gritty I rallied off a load of terms she hadn’t heard of before. She looked puzzled. She questioned the phrase “spike in traffic” and looked at me like I had two heads! It was in that moment I realised I AM a blogging success.
I’m a blogging success because… I’ve learnt how to build a website. I’ve learnt what plugins and widgets are. I’ve learnt how to edit photos (though photography is an ongoing learning curve!) I’ve learnt how to use schedulers, how the heck Instagram works. How to use Facebook and Twitter as a blogger. And don’t even get me started on Pinterest. I’ve learnt how to make a pinnable image! Hurrah! Then there’s SEO, Google Analytics. Meta data (ARGH!) It goes on and on…
I may not have tens of thousands of followers or reader
s each month, but I’m a success because I’ve made myself a blogger. Something a few years ago I never thought I would do. And perhaps most importantly, I’ve found friends and fellow bloggers who are happy to share their knowledge and who make this blogging community what it is. Again, something I never ever expected.
I think so often we all feel in the same boat, with the constant pressure we put on ourselves and getting sucked into the comparison game. Yes, I would Love more readers and yes, I’d love more opportunities to work with brands. But that’s not why I started blogging. I started blogging to learn new skills that one day I can transfer into my PR work. And boy, I have learnt new skills. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning something new! So I guess I am a blogging success after all.
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