Friday, 24 July 2015

How Bloggers Seem To Measure Success

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! 

42 comments:

  1. I agree with everything you say, people should be more patient when they wanna have success - I am also still fairly new to blogging but I've been on Instagram for a while and I'm noticing all those people trying way too hard to become "instafamous" - I think blogger is not so different. Of course there can be a little bit of competition on here but it should rather be used to write down and publish your ideas and interests and engage with your audience. I think that is a way to possibly make blogging work but even then, it will certainly not happen over night.
    Nice post & thank you for sharing!

    Micky♡
    http://princessfromjupiter.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I totally agree, I think that people should try to blog or use any other forms of social media mainly for themselves ♥

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  2. Interesting and insightful thoughts and perspective.

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  3. I can agree with the many things you said. I can relate to something similar like that on Instagram when people just constantly comment f4f. I find it so tiring that blogging, a leisure activity has also been turned into a competition. Btw, I like these types of rant-styled posts.

    Daisy | LittleKawaiiDaisy

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    1. Thank you so much Daisy! I used to do follow for follow, but then I realized how annoying it is ♥

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  4. There can be a several misconceptions, struggles and warped expectations in todays blogging world, but what you wrote is spot on. I found myself nodding along throughout the post. Any amount of 'succes' comes with time, but also being true to what someone wants to blog about. I'd rather have every single post be straight from my heart and just a few reading, then compromise what i really want to put out there and have lots reading.
    <3 <3 <3

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    1. Thank you so much Abigail! I totally agree, I think people should blog for themselves and their happiness ♥

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  5. Some new bloggers unfortunately do get lost in the 'numbers game'---but honestly that takes all the fun away! When creating a blog you should put your heart in it---it's about creating and sharing your passion~ To get lost in the numbers would just be a shame! Great post, Amy <3
    xxx
    She Will Be

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    1. Thank you so much Sylvia! I totally agree, the numbers can take the fun out of blogging ♥

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  6. I like this post. I'm blogging because I like writing and I like responding to people! I see some blogs are similar to one another and full of spamming comments sometimes ;)
    My success is to keep people reading my blog, checking out the newest post and commenting :) I don't care as much about sponsored reviews, I can buy these things myself.

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    1. Thank you so much! I totally agree with all that you said ♥

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    2. :) I am not impressed by numbers, I guess :D

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    3. Thats wonderful, it can be hard for me to ignore them sometimes ♥

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  7. Good post Amy and so true. I think a lot of people do start it for the wrong reasons. When I first started in 2011 I had hardly any followers and no comments or the odd one here and there. I'm not interested in promoting my blog either, if people are interested in polishes they'll find them one way or another!

    I will only blog about polishes and a few related items. I've been contacted by companies about nail art samples and nail wraps/strips but I'm not interested in them so said no. I've only had a few samples of polishes from a company and I did fret about it! My husband was wondering why I was stressing out at. I guess I found the idea of getting free ones confusing and against my principles - if you know what I mean. I'd love free polish, goodness knows I spend a lot of my 'hard earned' money on them! But that's not why I do it! It's my passion/obsession lol ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much Ananka! I think that sponsored posts can be great, but that you certainly shouldn't be blogging because of them ♥

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  8. Ahh I have to agree! I love blogging and i feel it's as much about being part of a community as well as expressing your creativity in your own way!

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    1. Thank you so much, I totally agree ♥

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  9. This post is so true. Yes, growing number of followers and readers do mean a lot but if it doesn't happen right away you shouldn't feel disappointed. Things like that take time, sometimes less for some and more for others.
    You should definitely do more posts like this :)

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

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    1. Thank you so much Kathie! I'm happy you agree and happy that you like this post ♥

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  10. I feel like everyone is becoming a blogger nowadays for all the wrong reasons, and it's so upsetting to see. It's funny because I remember 6-7 years ago I was blogging & ended up closing it because people found it in high school and started making fun of me for it as it wasn't 'cool'.. how times have changed haha! x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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    1. Thank you so much Angela! It's too bad that people made fun of you, but it's great that you're still blogging! ♥

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  11. I know exactly what you mean, Amy! It seems that sometimes the "numbers" get in the way. But, it's important to remember that you blog to make yourself happy! Tons of followers and product review emails are great, but at the end of the day, that shouldn't get in the way of the main reason you blog.
    It's sad to see people driven only for followers and more views--I remember how sometimes I would get a sweet comment from someone that they had copied and pasted on a few other blogs to get more views on theirs. Also, I used to do follow for follow, but to be really honest, it started getting a little irritating, you know? Followers are great, but I want people who are actually interested in my content to want to follow me, and vise versa. :)
    For some young bloggers imitating style, it's true. They want to get "out there" but it does take a lot of work! For myself, I'm so indecisive I can't figure out if I want a minimal style blog or whatever. I see a ton of super pretty layouts on others blogs, but I want mine to be different but still follow a minimal theme, you know? And of course there's the fact that I've been so unmotivated to blog. It's really frustrating sometimes, but hopefully I can get over it :)
    These kind of posts are great, Amy--would love to see more!
    Have a good weekend, and whoo, long comment ;') x

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    1. Thank you so much MJ! I totally agree, I used to do follow for follow, too. But then I realized how annoying it was and that I ended up most of the blogs I did follows for follows with. I totally agree, it's so important to blog about what's important to you ♥

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  12. I've started blogging recently and I get your point of view. I mean, I don't know how many views I will be getting in a year or two or if I will still be blogging you can't really predict it, but as long as blogging makes me happy, it's what I want to be doing. I like thinking about going to places, taking pictures of my ootd because it will make a fine post. Or reading a book/ listening to an album and being like 'oh, I should write about it!' I am really shy and introvert and blogging is my space, my chance to open up and this is what counts. If I can additionally meet cool people, it's even better. Surely, I'd love to have a huge blog some day, but only if it continues making me happy. I really enjoyed your post, which you can see judging by the length of this comment, haha! ;)

    { itslecafenoir.blogspot.com }

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    1. Thank you so much Katarzyna! I totally agree with everything you said, I love the excitement that blogging can generate. Blogging also helped me come out of my shell a little, too, which I'm so grateful for ♥

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  13. Amy I started my blog about a month ago because I love reading blogs and wanted to have my own space on the internet! With that said, although I´m not doing it for the followers or becoming super successful It's hard not to look at the numbers and feel discouraged. I loved this post and would love for your advice on blogging!

    https://mythoughtsthroughthelens.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea! It can be hard to not think about the numbers, but it's so much better if you don't blog for them ♥

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  14. I remember when I started with such varied content and many randoms things. I am now more focused on the makeup because it entertains me and this year I started to do reviews of books and book related things because it's something I love. In previous years I found that there were people who had stolen some of my posts and put together a commotion. the copycats are real.

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    1. Thank you so much Sakuranko! It's awful that that happened to you ♥

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  15. I enjoyed this post Amy :) I've had a blog now for quite a few years and I may not have a lot of followers, but that's okay because I enjoy doing it and that's why I've kept up with my blog for so long. Followers and samples are nice of course, but they certainly shouldn't be the only motivation.

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy! I totally agree ♥

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  16. I like this post and I could tell what you mean by that. When I started blogging, I was more into expressing myself and having a place to chat with you guys for safety. It was like my getaway not to be famous ^__^

    Linxnee-Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you so much Linnie, I totally agree ♥

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  17. This was brilliant, beautiful advice! :) This is most definitely one of my favorite Little Moon Dragon posts.
    ~ Sanjana
    peridotcove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Sanjana ♥

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  18. I totally agree with you. When I started blogging I felt pressured to stick to beauty and fashion because that's what everyone was doing. Now I just post whatever it is that interests me.

    Sempiternal Adventures

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    1. Thank you so much Tshegofatso! It's great that you post what you want ♥

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  19. I'm so new to this thing called blogging and yep looking at numbers can be a little bit discouraging, but the best thing we can do is stay true to ourselves, have fun and grow along the way! Also Awesome blog!!
    Greetings from Colombia
    Mushroom Rain Blog

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    1. Thank you so much Laura! I totally agree ♥

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  20. Such wise words. I've only just begun blogging and I was beginning to get demotivated - this was exactly what I needed. Thank you!

    That being said, I absolutely love your blog! I've just stumbled upon it but I'm in love with everything I've seen so far. Can't wait to read more from you!

    -Meghna

    http://thewallstreetteen.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Meghna! I'm so happy that you liked this post, I'm happy that I could help ♥

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