Success comes in all shapes and sizes doesn’t it? It can be an award you’ve waited your whole life to get. It could be recognition for something or from someone that matters. Or it could be something as small as your child saying I love you. We don’t celebrate success, in whatever form enough in my opinion and over the past few weeks and months with the madness that is blogging awards and particularity in the past week with my fight to get blogging seen as a real job, I have come to realise that everyone is a success in their own right. So, we find ourselves here and with me opening up the doors to Mummy in a Tutu for the first time to a guest post series. This series is here for any and all bloggers to talk about success; their success or the success of someone else that they want to recognise. Welcome to “I’m a blogging success because….
I am not, by most measures, a successful blogger.
My stats are on the lowish side. My blog makes me exactly 10% of f*** all. I’m not inundated with offers to review exciting products or go on holidays. I’m a very small fish in a very big pond of parent bloggers, just kind of swimming around in circles and bumping into everyone else.
Yet I consider my blog to be successful. Why? Because I’m writing exactly the kind of content I want to be writing.
I decided not to go down the paid reviews/sponsored posts route that many of my bloggy friends have taken. I don’t do giveaways or host advertising. It’s not only that my blog doesn’t make me any money, it’s that between commissioning a logo and going self-hosted, it’s actually cost me money, the bastard.
I have so much respect for the bloggers out there who turn their blog into a business and make it work, but I knew from the start that wasn’t going to be for me. I didn’t want to have to write about other people’s stuff. I wanted to write about MY stuff. I wanted to write about tantrums and feminism and weird children’s books. I wanted to write whenever it suited me without having to worry about deadlines. I wanted to be flippant and funny-ish and swear sometimes.
My blog had no business being a business.
So here I am, over a year down the line. My followers have grown VERY slowly but steadily. My writing has, I hope, gotten better. I’ve made loads of virtual mummy friends. I still love my little blog, with all its quirks and references to cheese.
I recently received a lovely compliment from The Mum Reviews, who said, “It’s probably because in her day job she’s an expert at writing stuff for the web, but everything about her blog makes me want to keep reading it.” That’s all I never wanted to do – get people to keep reading. If I’ve done that, then I’ve succeeded in my own small fish kind of way.
Katie writes over at The Squirmy Popple!
You can also find her over on Twitter and Facebook
If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on email@example.com with your piece and all your social media links and subject it Blogging Success. I hope you join me again next week to help celebrate more blogging success. Joining us next week will be Sam from Mouse, Moo & Me Too!
Thanks to all of my contributors