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.