Blogging Insights — Successful Blogging

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

This week’s quote is from David Aston. I Googled “David Aston,” and there are a lot of them. Actor, writer, author, journalist, foreign service officer, sales executive,etc. I’m not sure which David Aston said this, but here it is:

“Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.”

To me, successful blogging is not one thing. It’s a number of things and it can vary from blogger to blogger and over time. When I published my very first blog post back in 2005, I thought that was a success. I had written something and posted it and then went on the internet and saw it published there. Woo hoo! Success.

When I found out that someone other than a member of my immediate family read a post, I was ecstatic. And then I started getting likes and comments and followers. People read, liked, and responded to things I wrote. Success, right?

But these days, my definition of success is when I can write and post something I’m proud of. And interestingly, what brings it home to me most vividly is my Flashback Friday prompt. I go back in time and find a post I’ve previously published. Most of the time, I have forgetting about the post, and when I read it and can say to myself, “Wow, you wrote that? That was pretty damn good.” To me, when it comes to blogging, that is success.

11 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Successful Blogging

  1. Carol anne October 3, 2022 / 11:23 am

    If you can be proud of your writing, then that is definitely success! ❤

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong October 3, 2022 / 12:42 pm

    I feel exactly the same way. I think when you have reached the point when your work is “a body of work,” you develop a lot of pride in first, having done that much work — and being both pleased and surprised at how well you’ve sometimes done it. The whole statistics thing becomes a lot less important.

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  3. Paula Light October 3, 2022 / 1:05 pm

    Nice! That’s part of the reason why I refreshed my blog in 2021. Now all my writing and images please me. Success? Yep!

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  4. Taswegian1957 October 3, 2022 / 2:39 pm

    Yes, you got it. I said satisfaction but I think pride is a better word. If I can be proud of my work that’s success.

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  5. Sadje October 3, 2022 / 6:48 pm

    Being proud of what you write is the definition of a successful blogger. It also happens to me too when I find one of my older posts. 😊

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  6. Nope, Not Pam October 4, 2022 / 2:44 am

    I think it’s personal satisfaction. I appreciate people reading and responding, but sometimes it’s the posts which go unnoticed I like the best

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  7. M October 4, 2022 / 2:56 am

    To me it’s touching the life of a blogger around the world. Having a broad international audience brings me great joy.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. JT Twissel October 4, 2022 / 8:34 am

    Like you, I’m most pleased if I write something enlightens someone’s day.

    Liked by 2 people

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