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!