What’s success when you’re writing a personal blog–not a niche blog which you want to make money from through ads or e-books, not a corporate blog where you want to project a certain brand, but a personal blog, a notebook into which you write whatever might be useful to you and others?
Success is not a matter of becoming wildly popular.
You succeed as soon as you grasp a thought and try to think it through, writing it down. Even if you throw away your draft and never publish it (although please do–you’ll be surprised at how valuable these sketches and attempts to explain can be), you have already gained a little more clarity and understanding.
You succeed again when you share those thoughts, getting over your fear, anxiety, and discomfort.
You succeed again when you look up your old posts for a solution you’d written down or a reflection you’d shared, saving you time figuring things out again.
You succeed again when people read your post–even several years later, brought in by search engines–and they learn something from it. You succeed again when they do something about it.
You succeed again when someone shares their thoughts in a comment, even if it’s to point out that you’ve missed something. (Another opportunity to learn!)
You succeed again when one comment turns into another, and into a serendipitous connection you might never have made.
You succeed again when you learn something, and again when you do something about it.
You succeed again when you build friendships.
There are so many different kinds of success in blogging. Don’t get distracted by all the fuss about increasing your subscriber count, building your personal brand, or making money through ads, products, or services. There’s more to it than that. Enjoy!