What do you think a successful book blogger looks like? Do you think you’re successful? Or do you think you’ve not quite reached that line of success yet?
Success to a lot of us probably looks a little like this: over 500 followers on the blog, maybe 1K? Over 1K on social media and for there to be regular engagement across all your platforms? Reaching 20k yearly views on the blog as well maybe…maybe that’s what success looks like to you? At least… that’s what we’re going with today.
Before I get into this post, let’s just remind ourselves of the definition of success.
Sometimes in our fast-paced culture, I feel like we forget to stop, breathe and actually reflect on things. Including the actual dictionary definition of certain words.
Definition of Success:
Noun. the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Success is whatever you make it in my opinion.
Success isn’t numbers or stats, not to me anyway. I’d rather have people who genuinely like my content on my blog/Twitter/Instagram follow rather than they follow because they want me to follow them back. I don’t do follow for follows. If I follow you, it’s because I want to see more of your content, not because I expect a follow back. It’s easy to get lulled into following people back on Twitter; I used to do it at the beginning, mostly due to feeling it was expected from me. I stopped following people back unless their profile genuinely piqued my interest.
Success is being able to feel proud of what you’ve done.
Who cares if Josie from Books and Treasure (ahem that person and blog is made up off the top of my head.) has 3K followers on Twitter and 1K on her blog. So what? She’s not you, lovely.
It’s human nature to want to compare ourselves to others. When we see people doing better than us, we get a wee bit jealous. We want what they have – we want to be as successful as Josie. What we didn’t know about Josie is that she doesn’t feel successful. She feels lonely because everyone sees the numbers and whilst they comment and interact with her, she’s not really got any friends online these days because well… her success may make her appear as part of an elite squad. Josie appears to have many friends already because of the high engagement levels and others may think she may not want any new friends.
We’re not numbers. We’re human.
In some way, we are all linked to the bookish community as book bloggers. That in its own right should be enough for us to chat with one another and support each other. Oh hey, this person just hit 100 followers on their blog whilst someone else just hit 700. Support them both – we all work hard. We all get lost along the way, questioning if we’ve wasted our time with a blog. Life throws rocks at us all and mental health all gets on top of us at times. No one in the blogging community is better than another. We are as bright as we choose to be. We’re as loud with our opinions as we want to be. If we want to be heard, then we’ll be heard, that is the power of the online world.
It’s the power of being friends with people who are in a similar position to you. We’re all just out here trying to get our voice heard, bobbing along the digital void. We’re hoping we can spread our love reading to others and that our words on a document can cause someone to think differently. We all hope one of our posts can resonate with someone, who needed to read those words at that point in time.
We are all successful book bloggers, in every way imaginable.