The Key to Feeling Success as a Blogger

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Hello everybody! How are you all? I hope that your days are full of love and joy. I have been thinking recently, about how difficult it can be to feel that you’re successful within the blogging community. My recent Twitter poll asked bloggers whether they felt they were successful, and the results were as follows…

Of 114 votes, 67% of bloggers felt that they were not considered a successful blogger.

This statistic made me feel really sad. That’s over half of the participants! I have been considering writing a blog post like this for a while, but the poll made me even more determined to do it, and to make a success of it!

How Do We Define Success?

The first question that we need to ask ourselves is, ‘What makes a successful blogger?’. There’s no actual answer to this question. We all have our own vision of success, but the word itself cannot be defined, as it is subjective. If we use Zoella as an example, and call her a successful blogger, does this mean that smaller bloggers who earn a modest income from their blogs aren’t successful? No. 

 

In my opinion, if you have a blog, you’re happy with your content and layout then you are a success! Writing a blog is a huge piece of work, it takes time! I’d never claim to be a big hot shot blogger; I don’t earn an income from it, and I don’t have a high DA, but I am nonetheless proud of it. I love the posts that I write and I have made some wonderful friends. I have even transitioned from Blogger to Self-Hosted! Therefore, I am successful and I’m proud of that!

Why Do You Blog?

I believe that we all have our different reasons for blogging, and so this is something to think about. What is it that you’d like to get out of blogging? Recognition? An income? A space to write on the internet? It’s important to look at what you get from your blog already. If you don’t have what you’re looking for, I’d recommend setting an achievable goal that will get you there (or closer to being there). Use the resources that you’ve already accumulated to work towards it!

For example, my DA was relatively low and as a blogger it was really something I wanted to work on. I knew that blogger was holding me back as it wouldn’t give many options in regards to SEO, so I worked on the other aspects of my blog until I had achieved the funds required to become self-hosted. I’ll also be writing a blog post on how to become self hosted, so if you’re interested please do feel free to check it out!

Realise Your Worth as a Blogger.

I’m speaking here from personal experience. This is quite hard for me to admit to, but bear in mind that I’ve been a blogger for around five years, I’ve changed a lot since first beginning to blog. When I first started, I’d accept press samples from pretty much any brand whom wanted to collaborate with me, 95% of them were related to my blog. But, what gradually became apparent was my lack of enthusiasm. It really began to show through in the quality of my posts and photos, and so now I won’t accept opportunities that I’m not entirely happy with.
In addition to this, I have learnt not to accept sponsored posts at rates lower than I want to be paid for. I’ve found that, as a blogger, having the ability to say no to opportunities is powerful. It helps me to recognise my worth, and to some extent I do feel successful as I am able to maintain respect towards my readers, who are ultimately the reason why I’m writing this post!
I think that you will be surprised at how successful you really are as a blogger. Every single individual is successful for separate reasons. It’s time to be proud of that!

30 Comments

  1. September 2, 2018 / 9:58 am

    You’re totally right – there’s no one definition for success with anything in life, so why do we expect to have one for blogging? For me being successful with my blog is having fun with it, it’s a good reminder to myself when I get bogged down in the numbers

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Thanks so much Megan! Thats’ so true, as long as you enjoy it then it really is a success! <3

  2. September 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

    Great post! I think the problem comes when we all story comparing ourselves to someone else. Our success should not be judged on the success of others 😊

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Definitely! Comparing is a surefire way to get yourself feeling low in all walks of life, so its’ important to remember that everything may not be as it seems on the surface <3

  3. September 2, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Everyone measures success differently and I think if we compare ourselves to other bloggers we will always find something to criticise ourselves over. You’re completely right in that as long as you’re happy with your blog and the content you create then you’re successful, I wish I could apply this logic myself with my blog though! I like to set small monthly blog goals so that I feel successful if I reach them.

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much Jess! That’s amazing, I like to set goals too as it really helps me to grow! You are successful! <3

  4. September 2, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I think a lot of people might equate ‘success’ to making money from their blogs which is a shame. I feel like you can be successful without monetizing – as long as you love what you do and you’re doing it just for yourself ♥

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      I agree with this Ellie, but it really is such a shame! If it can be seen as a hobby then thats’ fantastic because there really is so much in blogging that makes us successful, without the money! <3

  5. September 2, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    This is so true! I started blogging as I love writing and I needed an outlet, and I do look at other people’s blogs sometimes and wish mine looked as good as theirs but them I think, there’s nothing wrong with mine, it’s how I like it and that’s all that matters! Great post xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Hey Miche, your blog is gorgeous in its’ own way! <3

  6. September 2, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    Thank you for writing such an in depth post on an important topic. I personally am unable to ever recognise my own worth in what I do. I am always left unsatisfied 🙂 We are all succesful in our own little personal ways. Absolutely loved reading this.

    Laura / https://laustworld.blogspot.com/

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you so much Laura, I’m really glad you found this useful! You are successful! <3

  7. September 2, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    You’re totally right Chloe! As long as you are proud of each step that you’re achieving, whether that’s as little as a nicely written post or a as big as a collab of your dreams, you’re a success. We definitely need to stop piling the pressure on ourselves! x

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 2, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you so much Jasmin, I’m absolutely loving your blog at the moment!

  8. October's Lallu
    September 2, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Honestly, thank you for sharing this! Success doesn’t mean numbers. Personally, for me success is making a positive change in someone’s life or helping them or doing anything kind… Have a wonderful day <3
    https://octoberslallu.blogspot.com/

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 3, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! What a wonderful definition of success. I love it! <3

  9. September 2, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I agree with you about being a successful blogger. It’s not a cookie cutter in any shape or form. We all have our own definitions. It’s important to reflect on why you blog. I know I blog because I like having a creative outlet. All of the other things is a bonus for me. Love that you’re sharing positive vibes on this post. Keep on being a rockstar :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 3, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy! You’re a rockstar! 😉 <3

  10. September 3, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Ah this is such an encouraging post. Thanks so much for reminding me of my worth as a blogger. Feeling inspired. X

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 3, 2018 / 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Julie, I’m glad it was useful!

  11. September 3, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    5 years? Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I am still trying to figure out my definition of success! And I find different ways to motivate myself and try not to get sucked up in what everyone else is doing!! Great post!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 4, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thank you so much Lia! That’s such a fantastic tactic, focus on yourself! <3 xx

  12. September 4, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    As always you’re blog post is just well written and relateable. Thank you for sharing still working on how to get my first sponsored post. Any tips?

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 4, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you so much Kaye! Just keep at it, lovely! You could always try pitching to a brand but its’ never something I’ve had the guts to try myself. I’m sure the right opportunity will come along soon! <3

  13. Nicole
    September 5, 2018 / 2:55 am

    Good post!

    You’re right that success is subjective and has a different definition for each individual.

    However, not being a success isn’t a bad thing! Feeling like a failure would be way worse in my opinion!

    Your definition of success at blogging might be when you attain 1000 daily visitors. Or to get paid 50$ daily from blogging.

    When you reach that, or whatever your definition, is when you will be a success.

    But just because you’re on your way doesn’t mean you won’t soon become a success. You could be growing and attaining goals on your way to becoming a success. Say you just met a small goal of 600 daily visitors with becoming ‘successful’ at 1000.

    Nicole
    Reli Clothing

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 6, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Thanks so much Nicole! I’m really glad to hear your thoughts <3

  14. September 9, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    This is such a thoughtful, positive post. My blog is still in its early days, but I hope that once I’ve put a bit effort into the layout and really considered what I want to achieve that it’ll be something I can be proud of!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 6:57 am

      Thanks so much Bex! I’m sure you will. Determination is all you need! 💛

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 15, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks Yvonne. You’re great! <3

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