Successful Blogging: Never Give Up
This article is just as much self-affirmation as it is advice. I may be writing articles on successful blogging but that certainly doesn’t mean my blog, Creative Twilight, is as successful as I’d like it to be or as I feel it should be. Most of us go through periods of time where we wonder why we’re even blogging. It seems like nobody is reading, few are engaging and the articles you spent the most time writing, and are the most proud of, fall on deaf ears. The thoughts turn from ways to increase your blog’s popularity to just hanging it up. Nobody is reading it anyway, so why bother putting all this effort into it? Will anyone even notice if my blog just fades to black?
My blog is not extremely popular. I have some very loyal readers and commenters but ultimately it’s a small fish in a very large pond. I have run Creative Twilight for almost six years now. Actually, the 30th of this month will mark its six-year birthday. Through those six years the blog has had many ups and downs. When I began I would see one person visited on a given day and would be ecstatic. That grew to 10 people a day and I was amazed. Now, six years later, the numbers are far better than that but ultimately nowhere near what I’d like to see them be.
Maybe it’s greedy to want more visitors and comments but that’s not how I see it. I blog because I enjoy writing and because I feel I have something worth sharing. I want everyone to see what I’m working on, what I have to say, because I feel it’s of value. That might also sound egotistical but let’s be honest, you must have a bit of an ego to do this, to put what you feel and think out there for everyone to read. However, my goals with my blog aren’t egotistical in nature as my aim is to aid and benefit the community I write for.
This is the stuff that floats around in my head. I cannot count the number of times I have considered shutting down Creative Twilight. Right now that’s the place I’m at in my mind, that consideration forward in my thoughts. Yet every time I emerge from those thoughts with renewed interest and strength to persevere. Had I given up early on when I began blogging and only had a few readers a day then I would never have gotten my blog to where it is now. It may not be where I’d like it to be but progress is a slow thing and if you give up to early then you will never see that progress, the rewards of your efforts, and it could literally be just a day away.
I push forward every single time I want to quit. I know my blog can be better, could attract more readers and offer something unique and interesting for everyone. It’s not there yet and so I will continue to become a better author, to establish a community and engage my readers. I will never be content with what I have and always strive for more. My next success is around the corner if only I wait long enough to see it.
When I set to write this article I had a far different idea in mind. It was going to be more informative in nature but this is what came out instead. On account of the topic itself, this seems far more fitting.
Note: This isn’t intended to be a pity party for me. My intent was to say that when you think of giving up, don’t. When you give up because you lack success you never get to see it be successful.