Discussion: What’s Blogging Success?

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We bloggers are an unusual breed. We spend time in a universe that most people never see. We’re breaking new cultural ground, new ways of looking at interaction, friendship, community, civilization.

It occurred to me after I posted once specifically looking for comments, and mostly got likes. Is that success, failure, a mix?

What do you think?

Do you feel successful as a blogger? Why?

If not, why? What would you call success?

If and when you meet that goal, what then?

Let’s talk.

38 comments

  1. I have always enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. Growing up it was an outlet for my imagination, to journey anywhere I wanted to go. As a blogger I share my experiences and ramblings, of course I would love more people to read it, but I get satisfaction if something I write ministers to even one person. Honestly, I would write even if no one read it, it is a perk when people do.

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    1. I’ve never written fiction, myself. Nevertheless, I write mostly to express ideas. I like blogging because I can leap past all the poeple not interested in whatever I go on about, right to those interested. Magic! Even better: THEY come to ME! And they give me free editorial advice, ideas, resources, interactions… Hard to beat all that! My blogging is different than yours in that my long term goal is to sell ideas, change others’ assumptions and behavior, improve health care and the world, a little anyway. That all requires ears and eyeballs.

      The wonder of modern life is that we have so many options, far more than any one person could ever hope to employ. Unlike most of human history, we can each do our own thing, in our own way, with the tools we choose. I like that!

      Anyway, thanks for your interesting feedback – I like that perk most of all! – Greg

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  2. Like you, I enjoy blogging a lot. Imagine nobody at my job blogs. (1000 employees) I sometimes feel very different/unique/strange, maybe I’m from another planet? Who knows!
    Blogging has to be fun, then success will follow; like monetizing, publicity, leadership, etc,etc Loved this question.

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    1. Why wait, I agree. Enjoy the many wonderful and talented nurses out there also blogging, more than willing to share ideas, knowledge, support, and fun. Enjoy what readers offer, and what you find along the way. The path is long, and life short: we must keep up our spirits as we go, don’t you think? As for my hospital, I’ll soon learn, as admin as agreed to publish a little blurb about my efforts, perhaps in May. Life, such as it is, does offer it’s pleasnat surprises…

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  3. as a seriously introverted and private person – just the fact that I’ve kept it up for nearly 3 years is a partial success for sure! but like everyone else, at this point I would love to see more followers and comments. πŸ™‚

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  4. My measure of success is to have shared something that may be of some benefit to one other .. more than one is a bonus ….I never really know, although sometimes I get comments that suggest I have at least got somebody thinking.

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  5. I will admit to having the same goals stated earlier: lots of followers, and views; ultimately making money doing something I love. But will working on that goal, I will admit the journey itself feels pretty good when you receive a heartfelt comment or a virtual “high five”. It lets you know the steps along the way definitely count and make a contribution. I count each one these as “Success” also.

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      1. I think it is! Edison was a major workaholic, but he said it didn’t fell like work. He enjoyed it. If you can have fun AND get worthy stuff done, that seems to me hard to beat. The enjoyment makes for higher quality work, more creativity, more persistance. AND it’s fun! Thanks – Greg

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      1. I don’t quite feel I deserve “blogger” status, but thanks! Haha. I like comments, I like to engage with people who read my posts and vice versa. Liking is engagement on a lesser level. That said, sometimes I don’t have anything helpful to say so a like is better since it still acknowledges the post!

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  6. Hi Greg,
    I agree with you regarding are own little universe, I love it, personally I feel the success factor here is the personal pleasure we obtain, I can see you really enjoy your blog, and I think that’s the biggest success you can have, keep blogging enjoy every moment, the same as I do when I read your blogs…………..Thanking you

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  7. I think that finding success as a blogger means having loyal and dedicated readers who have conversations with you about mutual interests! πŸ™‚ But at the same time, even a “like” can show success: maybe that post you wrote will leave something stuck in their mind that they’ll take some time to think about. Ultimately, my goal as a blogger is to enrich the lives of my readers, and if I do that (regardless if I can measure it in likes/comments or not) I’d say I’m pretty successful!

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  8. I’d call ‘success’ anything that you enjoy. And then once you enjoy it and show up as your authentic self, others will see, feel and experience that too. They will find you and be attracted to your blog. They then make comments and there is interactive discussion. A great additional success would be to receive income from your blog. Easy-peesy… Great question, thanks for asking Greg!

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    1. Easy-peesy, yes! Fun is eseential, one because you’re absolutley an important good in of itself, two because the energy attracts others, and three because when I’ve tried all serious I burnt out and quit before long. What’s the point of that? Thanks, Beth – Greg

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  9. For me, blogging can be frustrating. I don’t feel “successful” at it, especially when I look at the statistics: hits, comments, likes, all of which tend to be on the low side. It is also very frustrating to have few comments, because engaging with readers is the one thing I enjoy about blogging!

    But what would I consider a “successful” number of comments? (That’s probably a moving target for most people; even successful bloggers probably wish they had higher numbers.)

    Is the quality of the comments as important as the numbers? For me, it is. The blogosphere is where I can discuss things I’m interested in; I don’t have people in real life who care about the same intellectual/artistic things I do, besides my parents and husband–and they can only take so much!! So when I get short, good-job-girl type of comments, it tends to frustrate me. Please tell me more, I want to beg.

    I don’t know that I really answered your questions, but those are my thoughts. I’m interested in reading what other people define as success in blogging.

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    1. I wrote about it once: that usually long period early on in the desert: the stats page even looks like a desert: empty, flat… It takes time to help people to find you , to learn how to do that , and to find your voice. Then you get a rush of activity… then it ends. On and on! I have gotten to the point where I can rely on a least a trickle. I try not to look at the stats too much because there seems more risk than benefit to it, unless you focus on digging for what’s working, so you can do more of that. I try to keep it fun and unforced: I post a lot, but won’t join any every day for a year thing, that makes it compulsive and invites artificial failure. Days off are quite useful: why give them up? For me, instead of force marching myself into writing, I try to make it appealing. In any case, thanks for your thoughtful comment! – Greg

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    1. Sometimes I am, sometimes I’m playing, sometimes I take a break or focus elsewhere a bit. A big part of the success, to me, remains the learning involved. I still have more to learn than I’ve absorbed so far…

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  10. I think I enjoy comments more because it takes time to write a comment while someone could be mindlessly clicking the “like” button, like people do on facebook. Serial likers.
    However, I think I judge my success in views. My goal is about 1500 a month so far (because that’s reasonable), but I adjust the goal as things progress. I’m always pushing myself to create better content and to draw more readers in.

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    1. I get hooked on those view numbers myself, look at them far more often than is useful. It feels like gratification, getting noticed, mattering, doesn’t it? Although one or two good comments feel much more satisfying than hundreds of views, to me. Likes are like teeny tiny candies: they seem great at first, and lose their luster over time, still better than views, but hard to interpret. I’m still figuring out my goals and learning – Greg

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  11. First things first.
    1. Formulate and define your goals.
    2. Formulate a plan and approach.
    3. Execute your plan and approach.
    4. Monitor and control the process.

    Speaking for myself, I went from zero to somewhere with nothing but an idea and some essays. Steps 1 and 2 have changed multiple times now.

    I relate success to how happy I am with my recent progress. I have no reason to complain and there is room for improvement. As long as I enjoy writing and blogging and the readers like my work I can be happy.

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    1. My goal, the highest priority for now, remains to learn and experience, build connections, refine as I learn. Plus keep it fun, for sustainability in that I work full time and this takes lots more time. If I make it a slog, effective or no I’ll burn out, and I see no success in that. Thanks – Greg

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  12. I guess blogging success to me is eventually making money off of it. I have a few followers but I really want more. I guess I’m searching for how to obtain that success. Mostly, I’ve been trying to do quality posts and with that comes a ton of social media promotion.

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    1. Takes lots of views… my goal too, related to my intial goal, to publicize my clinical model and teaching. I’m still working that one out. Lots to learn! Not just writing but, as you note, promotion. Lots of technical details. Big project! I enjoy it though. Good luck – Greg

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