Nowadays, there seems to be such a set definition of "success" in the blogging world. In all fairness, though, I am fairly new to the blogging world. I've only been blogging two years. But I don't really count the first year and much of the second, as I had no clue what blogging was.
Many people in the blogging world seem to measure success in followers and PR samples. They think that to be a truly great blogger, you must have thousands upon thousands of followers and constantly get offers for product reviews.
I see a lot of young bloggers imitating people who have been blogging for many years. Please don't think that I'm referring to all young bloggers out there. There are many young bloggers out there coming up with original and interesting content, and they have a great deal of my respect. I am also not trying to say to not take inspiration from other blogs.
What I am trying to say is it makes me sad to see people blogging about things that they're not really interested in and being disappointed when followers and brands don't come running. It takes time to build a large and steady audience, and many professional bloggers have been blogging for over 5 years.
I'm not trying to say that I'm immune to the lure of followers and PR samples. Quite honestly, I would love more of both. But I'm trying to tell myself that that's just not realistic. They may come one day in the future, but not now. And I'm ok with that.
I know that this is a more rant-styled post and different than my usual content, and I hope that you enjoy it!