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Welcome to #FOODIEFRIDAY Week 19
15th December 2016
Can We Get There?
17th December 2016

I’m A Blogging Success Because… Week #15

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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… Let’s hand over to Bridie from Bridie by the Sea!

I’ve been blogging for six months now and this question has cropped up in my mind countless times. What makes a blog a success? I’ve read lots of blogs over the past few months, and tried to think about what I love about them. Sometimes I’ve been inspired to write more, or to try something new like vlogging. Sometimes I look at the style and layout of the blog and it acts as a little naggirl sat at table writing in a notebook with a coffee next to her that I could improve mine more.

At first I thought that to make a blog successful, you should be getting higher stats and making money from it. For a few weeks I made my best efforts to monetise my little blog and when I got approached for sponsored posts, I was excited to be making money from my writing; it felt like this was the fruits of my hard work. I know a few bloggers who do a fantastic job of this; I read their posts and have absolutely no idea that the content is sponsored until I reach the disclaimer at the bottom of the page. But having reached my personal goal of being paid for my writing, I still didnwoman sat typing on a laptp’t feel like a success.

Suddenly, I realised – success is how you feel about it, your own barometer for achievement. To one person, it might be getting thousands of page views a week, to another it might be making enough money from your blog to be able to pay the bills…which is no mean feat. To others perhaps it would be winning an award and getting the recognition from your peers after the late nights and many hours in front of the laptop screen.

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To me, it is this: that one comment, where your words meant something to someone. It doesn’t happen to me often, but occasionally someone leaves a little message on my blog to let me know that they are truly reading what I write, that they relate to me. That makes it worth it and trumps any stat or ranking I will ever receive. It reminds me why I started writing this blog, and why I continue to write week after week.

That’s the best thing about blogging, it’s your journey and no one else’s – you get to decide what feels like a success and feel proud of yourself for all you have achieved. My little blog hasn’t yet made that huge splash but I try to always write from the heart and to think that those words are a comfort to just one person makes it feel like a success to me.

If you’d like to read more from Bridie why not head over to The Blog

… or Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on 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. We’re taking a break for Christmas but will be back on the 7th January featuring my blogging bestie Catie From Diary of an Imperfect Mum!

Dont for get to check out Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6


  1. Thank you for featuring me lovely, love your fantastic series 🙂 xx

  2. I agree, the most important thing is the feeling your readers get from reading your blog 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Dad says:

    Great idea for a series. Thanks Bridie for writing this, I enjoyed reading it. I can relate to the feeling of having someone post a comment on something I’ve written. Although usually when I see the message that someone has commented, it turns out to be spam!

  4. Rach says:

    Spot on. Blogging is your journey. I loved this post a lot, really resonated with me. Even though I don’t write for a job or do sponsored posts or anything I still relate to a lot of this. #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Helen says:

    I couldn’t agree more – success can’t be measured by figures/stats when it comes to blogging. We all love blogging because it’s different, it’s a world that encompasses so much. #ablogginggoodtime

    Helen x

  6. I would agree. For me, knowing that I am making people laugh or making them feel “normal” is my success!

  7. I still can’t believe Bridie has only been blogging 6 months, I am in awe and love her blog so much. Great definition of success x

  8. Bridie – you are so right! Thanks for sharing #blogginggoodtime

  9. Hi everyone, just wanted to drop a quick message to say thank you so much for your lovely comments! It was such a pleasure to take part in Katie’s series and for me a fantastic reminder to enjoy blogging and not get caught up in the numbers 🙂 xx

  10. I agree! Thanks for writing this

  11. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I worry so much about stats and used to think success = brand work and paid posts. But success isn’t always about money. Blogging is great in the confidence it gives and also the reflection and passion it brings out in you. I love this series #ablogginggoodtime x

  12. Oh I love this, I couldn’t agree more that when you get such lovely comments from people who you admire it’s brilliant! Bridie you are brilliant 😀 #abloggingoodtime

  13. Debbie says:

    I totally agree, measures of success is different from person to person. That one meaningful comment can make all the difference and inspire us to push further and try harder. Don’t you find that your measure of success can vary depending on how you are feeling that day? Or is that just me?



  14. What a wonderful series, and what a wonderful blogger Bridget is at #BridieByTheSea. Thanks os much for sharing this for us. I had #ablogginggoodtime! <3 <3 <3

  15. 6 months wow i cant believe that. Your blog is fab bridie 🙂 what a fab series too 🙂 #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Blogging is magical and I agree that part of the beauty is being able to measure the success of your blog in any way you want to. I also love it when someone really reads what I have written and has taken something away from it. #ablogginggoodtime

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