If I asked you to name a “successful” blog, which ones would come to mind first? Would you think of that blogger who just quit her job, because she is making a full-time income blogging? Or the one who seems to work with lots of different brands? Would you think of the blog that has tens of thousands of social media followers? The one with the gorgeous design? The one who is offering e-courses and e-books?
I’m just now reaching a point in blogging where I used to look at others and think, If I could just do that, I will have made it as a blogger! My social media following has grown. I’m able to work with some amazing companies and networks. My blog looks the way I want it (for now).
But in the years it’s taken to get here, it didn’t always look like this. There have been many times I’ve wanted to give up, thinking I must just not be cut out for it.
Then again, even though I’m at a place I really hoped to be, it’s easy to look at even more successful bloggers, and think that I’ll never get there.
While it’s important to have goals and vision for where you want your blog to go, it’s also important to celebrate every milestone, too. Otherwise it’s easy to get caught up in comparison and want to give up. If these things have happened to you, you are a success. Your blog is out there. Here are 10 ways to measure your blog success that may not be what you expect – but are so worthy of appreciation!
- A Solid Post You’re Proud Of. If no one else reads it, if no one comments, if no one else pins the picture – even if all that is true, you wrote a post that you felt like you rocked. Own it.
- Blog Comments. Even just one. It means that your post affected someone else enough for them to say something about it.
- Hitting A New Follower Threshold. Don’t take the discouraging route of “But this person has 5000 followers” 🙁 Stop and realize that 100, or 1000, or 50, or 10 real people enjoyed your blog enough to want to click “follow”. How cool is that??
- Getting Selected. Whether it’s for a guest post, an ad campaign, a network, or a Facebook group – people want to hear what you have to say. That is awesome. If not? Keep applying. It took me three years of trying to get into some of the networks I’m involved with now.
- Making A New Friend. Followers are fantastic (I’m talking to you if you’ve hit subscribe or follow on my little blog here!). Friends are even better. It’s the people you can bounce ideas off of, support, and work with. Susan of 2 Cats and Chloe has become one of my best “blog friends”. One day I sent her an email rant about another blogger who appeared to have stolen an idea I had, and she commiserated with me. We’ve promoted each other’s posts, written guest posts for each other, randomly won each other’s giveaways (yeah, that really happened), and gotten to know one another. We actually live in the same state – hopefully we’ll eventually meet!
- Shared Posts. Not only did someone like your post, they shared it! Meaning they want other people to read it! Enjoy every re-pin and re-tweet, whether it goes viral or not.
- Being Contacted by a Brand or Other Blogger. Sometimes someone sees your work, and contacts you to collaborate. Whether they are offering to pay you big bucks, or it’s a small blog looking to grow and wanting to feature you, be encouraged that someone wants to work with you!
- Starting Conversations. If your post has sparked conversation – from nice ideas to conflicting debates – that’s a victory! You’re inspiring people to think about something in a different way. It may not even be happening on your blog – maybe it’s happening on Facebook or Twitter instead – but whatever the platform, that’s great.
- Letting Friends and Family In on Your Blog. This was a big challenge for me. I kept my blog a secret for a long time, out of fear of what those around me would think. When I finally took the plunge and made it public, I was so encouraged by the response! It emboldened me to post and share more. If you’ve held onto the secret for a long time, and finally let it out for people to see, you are courageous! Then again, maybe you’re just an open person, and sharing it wasn’t a big deal for you – if so, you have my respect.
- Reaching a Blog Goal. This may sound nerdy, but I get excited about almost every blog update and improvement, whether I figure it out on my own or get someone to do it for me. The time I made my own blog button, each new blog design I’ve gotten, figuring out how to operate Wordpress. All of these things are strides made in my blogging experience, and I’m proud of them. You should be proud of how far your blog has come since the beginning, whether you started a month ago, or it’s been years.
On that note, think about all the cool things you gain in blogging:
- Connections with people you might never have “met” otherwise
- Technical savvy
- Design experience
- Social media know-how
- Improved writing
- Original and inventive ideas
- A pretty and interesting website that you made happen
These are things that have not only helped my blog to grow, but applied to my personal and professional life as well.
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to the biggest bloggers out there, and getting discouraged. Celebrate your milestones and think of what you have achieved already. And don’t give up! As I’ve been telling my friends, anyone can blog, because everyone has a story to tell.
What victories have you had in your blog experience? Share them here so we can enjoy them with you!