Blogging Week Wrap-up

I know I said I’d write about different blogging platforms, but I decided against it, simply because I haven’t tried them all, so I would have wasted your time.

Truth be told, we can spend a lot of time dissecting and analyzing how blogging works, or how it should work, but the thing is that if you’re passionate about it, if you’re enjoying yourself, you’re doing fine.

Like always, it was a pleasure writing these posts about blogging, as it was reading all your comments. That’s one of the most impressive things about blogging; we’re talking about a very young community, but incredibly vivid.

This exchange of information, opinion, and funny pictures is what makes blogging so great. Maybe that’s why you should try to remember, at least from time to time, that there’s one thing all other blogs lack. And it’s you. Your opinions, your ideas, your voice. If you write like yourself, you’ll be successful. There’s no reason for me to think otherwise.

But then again, how do you measure success? What does it mean to be a successful blogger? It depends, I guess, on what are your goals. But regardless of your goals, you should never forget that you’re asking for people’s time (and money sometimes). Give them something in return, offer them valuable information, crucial insight, and be as genuine as you can.

Don’t hide behind a virtual wall.

Whether you earn money or not, blogging is a sort of business. You have to invest something if you want to get something in return. Yeah, it might not be money, but you’re still investing time. You know, the time you spend writing, the time you spend replying to comments, or the time you spend choosing a nice theme for your blog. Or the time you spend photographing cats.

I’d say success isn’t measured by how many visitors or followers you have, or how many comments you receive. Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog. If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop. No matter how hard it gets.

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62 thoughts on “Blogging Week Wrap-up

  1. Anything that you have put your best into should make you feel good.

    Satisfaction should start from your input.

    I feel fulfilled when I write a post to my taste. Blogging is a way of expressing our thoughts, feelings and experiences. There is really no hard and fast rule to it.

    Finding fulfilment is our endeavors should precede followership and monetization.

    They are fruits that grow with effort, time and consistency.

    That's what I think!

    Lovely post!

  2. Thank you for this series. I'm a relatively new blogger, and a throwback to the generation before computers even, so it has been a challenge. Nevertheless, I do have a passionate interest and something to say as well as a book to sell. And even though it is sometimes discouraging because building a following seems so slow, I do enjoy writing the blog and you are very encouraging!

  3. Excellent thoughts. I definately agree with what you have said. This also rings true with the reasons for starting my blog. You can read my post, What Harold Taught Me About Writing, and see some of the same ideas, that as readers we all want the time we trade for reading to have been worth it.

  4. Your posts about blogging have been so helpful, particularly in reminding me why I started my blogs in the first place– not to gain followers or get comments, but because I believe I have something unique to offer. Thank you for the encouragement to stay focused on that!

  5. Great insight on the measure of "success". I agree with your point of view. I also believe that inspiring others can measure how successful you are as a blogger. Yes, most of us write from our point of view, but if it helps others in any way, that's a bonus! I truly enjoy reading your blogs. :-)

  6. I don't blog to make money (I am not that good a writer), I simply blog because I want to write down things that make me "feel" something, a memory, how a picture or some music makes me feel, thoughts, opinions… stuff like that, and hopefully some people that read make a connection with that and jot a reply… likewise that is what I like to read in return.

  7. This post is encouraging. I have a decent amount of followers, but for the most part, I don't always get many views or comments (maybe 20 views a day), but I keep on blogging for myself, and because I know that I'll get better at writing. It's like I'm using blogging as a platform to evolve as a writer, and yes, the positive feedback has helped. But now I'm finding that just having a blog (whether people read it or not) is enough of a motivation to keep writing rather than just having it all on scraps of paper about my house.

  8. That was awesome, I like how you put blogging into the proper perspective :) – it isn't about numbers, or money, or getting 'stuff'… it's about doing something you love and hopefully touching hearts & reaching people in the process…

    Thanx Cristian

  9. Although I terribly new to blogging I so relate to what you just written.

    My first couple of posts came pretty easy but the last post I was playing to the infamous 'key word search' and it wasn't as fun to write. So while I do want readers and ultimately a biz but I have to enjoy the process.

    Thanks for your post.

  10. I love mey blog and never thought I would like it as much as I do. Also from a generation who grew up without computers, so I am proud that I can manage a blog. Your posts are very helpful and encouraging, thank you!

  11. Well said! Blogging gives us a sense of connection and community as well as a means for creative expression. And as far as I'm concerned life isn't worth living without the latter.

    I look forward to reading more of your work!

    With Aloha,

    Sabrina

  12. Well said.. I don't show on my blog the # of followers nor do I show whom I follow..If I only had an audience of 5 I would still post the things I do. I try to post honesty, informative and the occasional funny pone piece. Thanks for the great reminder on why we are all here blogging to our hearts content!

    Lynne

  13. Thank you! Ultimately it should be about how we feel when we are investing the time on blogging! I shall honestly say that just reading that last paragraph has made me feel a lot better! :D

  14. i enjoy writing about my travels and the events that I visit. Think it is a great way for me to record interesting parts of my life for my family in the future if for no other reason. And I dearly do enjoy writing!

  15. “If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop” — good advice, especially for writers who aren’t earning anything from their writing.

  16. I love the comment, "Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog." I do love statistics, and they are part of what makes me proud, as are the wonderful comments, and the time I take to write the articles. But if I stop and compare how many visits, or comments I have compared to another blog, then I get sidetracked from my contentment. So I think it all goes back to being contented and proud of what you are creating. No one is telling you how to do it or what you are doing wrong or right unless you let them. So you are what you make yourself.

  17. People ask me about the 'diverse' subjects about which I blog and why I don't focus only on marketing – I tell them – because I like it and because I can write about whatever I want. Thanks for bringing that point home.

  18. Totally agree that we need to be enjoying ourselves! I think this comes through in writing whatever the topic. The great thing about blogging is that it is an opportunity to express yourself and put some ideas out, I always hope that this might make other people think too whether they agree with me or not. I started my blog to practice putting together my thoughts in written form and to share all the wonderful things I learn about as I go along, I never thought about 'traffic' before, its not a motivator for me but I have to admit being a bit pleased when I see that people have liked or read my posts!

    I like how your blog brings so many people together.

  19. Thank you so much for this post! Often times I forget what the purpose is behind blogging and if it even makes a difference to anyone in this world (other than myself) and if I could just be putting my time and energy elsewhere…but then no matter how discouraged I feel in the moment I remember why I started in the first place: because I love writing. And my blog stats, amount of followers, or the comments that I get (or don't get) will never change that. I really needed this reminder today. Thanks!

  20. Dieu, I also find that the schedule I have chosen for posting to my blog keeps me motivated to be disciplined. And that is a reward in itself if we are trying to improve at writing.

  21. Very true. I definitely currently consider my blog to be a success – it is not only providing me with feedback and varied perspectives from my readers, and the exciting rush of having other people read my words and look and my photographs and resonate with them, but it has helped my writing beyond what I thought possible. And yes, I definitely feel I invest a certain amount in it to achieve that success. I'm so glad I decide to give blogging a proper go, it's been a real eye opener!

  22. Bogging has been around before Facebook and Twitter. The very first respectable one was The Well. Then came Blogger and Moveable Type which created Typepad. These were the days of Seth Godin and Kevin Kelley, whom we should all be following today. I appreciate your enthusiasm for blogging, but I had to add my correction and I do hope you don't mind. I'm going from memory because I'm in a hurry, so this is my recall of what happened. Incidentally RSS feeds came as a result of the need to get your blog out there, like we do with the share button and we uses RSS news aggregators to read any updates from the blogs we kept up with. The one that stuck is Google Reader. Keep on writing excellent posts. Best Wishes.

  23. Another great post. I completely agree with you that you have to be proud of your blog. The minute I feel that my blog is a pressure I will know I'm doing something wrong. And the readers and commenters are awesome

  24. I agree blogging should be because you want to, but seeing those "likes" sneaking onto posts and getting comments drives me to put up more. I initially started, 3 year ago, just as a way to record my travels and put on photos for family and friends to see where we were. Now I am addicted and spend a lot of time writing posts and reading others blogs. I have long since given away watching the TV…

    • That made me smile as I too started blogging to share my travels with family and friends. TV is a thing of the past here as I just enjoy writing and reading other blogs as well. Nice to know there is someone out there a lot like me!

  25. Hi, I completely agree with you :

    I’d say success isn’t measured by how many visitors or followers you have, or how many comments you receive. Success is measured by how content and proud you are with your blog. If you feel you’re doing something right, don’t stop. No matter how hard it gets'.

    Doing my blog I am first fowling my heart my passion for children and crafts, this is my priority and I am happy with that.

    I love to have more audience , but first I need to nurture my content.

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