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 months and years with the madness that is blogging awards and the ridiculously regular bashing of bloggers by non-bloggers and newspapers, 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 my first ever 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 Nikki from Someplace Strange!
Someplace Strange started 4 years ago. I’d attended a writing course for work and wanted to practice all the things I learnt. I also wanted a place where I wasn’t Rev T’s wife, the Tubblet’s mum or that woman who works in Marketing. Whilst I love being all those things, it’s nice to be just me sometimes. Someplace Strange is my beautiful space.
When I first started, I thought about what I wanted from blogging. To improve my writing, make my voice heard and meet new people. Done all that. Along the way, I learned how to take adequate photographs, the importance of social media and SEO / MOZ etc as well.
It’s taken me four years to work out that you mustn’t lose sight of why you started blogging as that impacts how you do it.
Blogging, is telling your own story so the who is important too. After 4 years, I’ve developed a sense of my blogging self. That helps me know the kind of content I want to share and what I don’t. Someplace Strange is now a mixture of advice plus my random thoughts and places or things our family does. It’s a kind of online memory book for my daughter and a repository of wisdom for her and anyone else who happens to be passing.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to have met some great people via the blog. Some I’ve been fortunate enough to meet in person whilst others I’d love to meet but they’re probably too far away for that to ever happen. (Boo!)
For the first 6 months of blogging, I didn’t get a single comment from anyone who wasn’t a friend. It’s taken me years to get to 1,000 plus followers on my social media channels. I’ve never made any money, gone self-hosted, done much work with brands, climbed the rankings or won an award. By all the usual measures of blogging success I’m a bit of a failure. And yet …
If blogging success is measured against the reasons I started four years ago – the friends I’ve made, the content I’ve produced, the things I’ve learnt and whether I’ve remained true to myself then yes, I’m a blogging success. Hell yeah!
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If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org 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’ll be joined by Min from Single Mum Speaks!
Dont for get to check out Week 16, Week 17 & Week 18!