When bloggers take the first step toward intentional blogging, we have visions of grandeur (tell the truth, yes you do). We imagine thousands of people, ok maybe hundreds, reading our blog posts, commenting, and being helped by our wise insight! We imagine businesses banging down our doors, ringing our phones, and blowing up our emails desiring to collaborate with us.
We plan out our blog posts. We choose just the right photos. We strategize our social media offerings. We write our posts, click Publish and then…NOTHING.
We check for comments on the blog article and there aren’t any there. We check for shares, likes, and comments on Facebook and again, there’s nothing there. We post our articles to Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’, Medium, and Pinterest with absolutely no feedback from readers. Reality sets in. This isn’t as easy as we imagined!
What’s going on? What’s the use? Maybe we should just stop blogging and find something else to do.
DON’T YOU DARE!
My first month of blogging has taught me patience, if nothing else. Oh, I’m sure there are occasional overnight success stories where bloggers post an article that goes viral. Unfortunately, or fortunately, overnight success hasn’t been my experience with anything in life, including my blog. Instead, I’ve had to work, work, work, grind, grind, grind, and hustle, hustle, hustle for 5 likes and 1 share.
But you know what? I’m not bitter nor discouraged. Instead, I’m more determined, focused, and invigorated than I was when I first started blogging. All the working, grinding, and hustling are beneficial for me and I wouldn’t trade in the experience for anything.
How is all that working, grinding, and hustling benefitting me?
I’ve never been easily discouraged. All that working, grinding, and hustling are increasing my fortitude, tenacity, and perseverance. OHHH so no one wants to Like my article? I’ll work harder to promote it. I’ll make sure the next article is even better.
I try not to consider the number of followers, likes, or shares. Instead, I keep plugging along, learning from the experts, improving my content, and honing my craft. Working, grinding, and hustling are GREAT teachers!
Working, grinding, and hustling make me appreciate EVERY Like, Follow, and Share that ReeINSPIRED receive. I get so tickled when someone takes the time out to comment on the blog post on my website, or Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages. Since my following is still small, I can personally respond to each and every comment. Even when the comment is just an emoji.
Friendships and Networking
As I work, grind, and hustle, I’m also networking. I’m getting to know other bloggers and establishing friendships. I’m analyzing what they’re offering their readers. I’m looking for inspiration for future blog posts and collaboration opportunities.
I’m learning more about online business opportunities. All this working, grinding, hustling, and networking are opening doors I never imagined possible. Two months ago, I hadn’t considered an online resource library for my bible study notes. Nor did I know that I could offer an Editing 101 e-course.
Blogging isn’t all about numbers. Yes, the numbers are important and they are great motivators. However, there’s more to blogging than just the numbers. While, blogging allows us to offer our wise insight to our readers, it also offers us benefits which can’t be measured by the number of Followers, Likes, or Shares.
Blogging is a passion for many of us and we’re being blessed through the connections and friendships we’re creating, and the knowledge we’re gaining. So, the next time your blog post doesn’t perform as well as you expected, don’t beat yourself up and don’t throw in the towel. Instead, ask, “What can I gain through this experience?”
You may surprise and encourage yourself by your own wise insight!
How do you measure your blog’s success? Comment below with your wise insight.