Writing a Blog – Will I be Successful?

Why is writing a blog tougher than I initially thought? Will it amount to nothing? I've been blogging now for six months and I'll be honest I'm feeling a little despondent.

I’ve been blogging now for six months and I’ll be honest I’m feeling a little despondent. There have been no mentions of a book deal or my own line of hoodies. My job title is not professional blogger and my Facebook following is dismal. Why is writing a blog tougher than I initially thought? Will it amount to nothing?

Over the years I’ve set up numerous free WordPress blogs only to lose interest in them relatively quickly. Writing is something which I’ve always found enjoyment in but my failing has been my lack of inspiration. Becoming a parent gave me all the inspiration I could need. Suddenly I had all these stories to share and memories to record. All I needed was a platform and just like that MommyandRory was born!

What did I Expect to get out of Writing a Blog?

When I first put pen to paper – metaphorically speaking – I didn’t really have a goal in mind. As much as I was enjoying my time with Rory, I was lonely. I found it difficult to relate to people as my life was so different. Blogging felt like a way of regaining some control. It allows me to take back a little piece of my life to do with as I please It just so happens that I massively underestimated what it meant to be a blogger.

Blogging is so much more than just publishing a post. Of course you need to be able to write excellent content to get your readers hooked but how do you expect your readers to find your post in the first place? That’s where social media comes in. The best bloggers write amazing content and then the share it with thousands upon thousands of followers across numerous social media platforms. But those followers don’t just appear over night. Engagement is the key but engagement is time consuming.

One thing which I didn’t expect to get from blogging is new friends. OK so they may be virtual friends, we may never grab a cup of coffee or take our kids on a play dates but these are people who understand. They understand what it’s like to be a parent, a blogger and a partner. They offer their support with no judgment or criticism. If it wasn’t for the bloggers that I’ve met along the way I highly doubt that I’d still be writing.

So why the Face Like a Slapped Arse?

As February draws to a close I’m refreshing my Google analytics app more frequently. This month is set to be the first month – since starting my blog in August 2016 – which my stats have taken a dip. Obviously February is a shorter month but surely two-to-three days difference can’t account for much change? When I look a little deeper it’s easy to identify why I’m falling short.

In January 2017 I published a review of the Tiny Feet BistroThanks to the Bistro sharing my post on Facebook, a record number of people visited my blog. In fact it was my highest number of visitors to date. Causing my stats to see a 122% increase in the number of visitors between December 2016 and January 2017. Compare this to the average 51% increase that I’ve seen since my blog started in August and I’m sure you’ll be able to appreciate the magnitude of the leap.

The dilemma which I now face is how do I replicate the success of that particular post? Or am I getting hung up on figures? Should I concentrate on writing excellent content? But is that even achievable?

But Wait That’s not Just It

One of my blogging goals for 2017 is to have a post published on the Huffington post. Last month I took the plunge and sent them a piece of my work for consideration. Half expecting to never hear anything back, I was over the moon when a couple of days later I received an email confirming they liked my post. My login details were sent through, I set up my profile and before I knew it my first post went live. It felt fantastic but it didn’t last very long.

With my Huffington debut behind me on Monday I set about submitting some new content. I chose to submit a post which had been well received on my blog and one which I was proud off. Before long a received a reply that made my heart sink. My new post had been rejected. Although it didn’t quite ‘hit the spot’ their reply was positive. They thought it was a very good post however it needed some work.

Rejection – however sugar coated – is a bitter pill to swallow. I spend 90% of my life doubting myself, asking if I’m good enough. Even though I know their intent was not malicious, it’s been a struggle to not take it personally. I was left questioning my ability. Am aiming too high? Am I trying to achieve something which is beyond my skill set?

So Where do we go From Here?

Recently I’ve become caught up in the numbers game and I’ve lost sight of the path that I’d like to follow. I didn’t start with the intention of making money or working with brands. I don’t want to be insta famous or appear on this morning. All I want is to share my baby spam with an audience who was willing to receive it. To help people who have found themselves in the same boat as me and to share with the world what it looks like to be a real mumma!

From now on I pledge to stop obsessing about numbers. To write about what ever the hell comes into my head and hope that someone out there gets it!

If you don’t love what you do then there’s no point doing it!!!

 

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  1. February 27, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I think it’s natural to get hung up on stats. I do it too. Maybe we should just stop checking! Well done on getting something published on Huffington Post. I think thats an amazing achievement and you shouldn’t be disheartened by having another one rejected. #bigpinklink
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thanks Kelly. Maybe I need to take a step back and look at what I’ve achieved. I’m sure there are more positives than negatives. Thanks for reading xx

  2. February 27, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I’ve seen lots of people in the same boat as you, good on you for sticking to your roots and remembering why you started blogging in the first place πŸ™‚ I’m sure with that the bigger things will come along, it’s all a patience and waiting game! Your blog is great, just keep on being you and enjoying what you’re writing about! Becky x

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks Becky. One thing I’ve learnt is that it takes time. Nothing happens over night and like you said you’ve just got to keep going. Thanks for commenting, it means a lot xx

  3. February 27, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Despondency is SO natural and common.
    I don’t blog for money, I do it because I love to write and I have this silly dream that one day someone will notice my writing and offer me my own column. Daft really.
    But I tell you what, I can get obsessed with stats!
    Just keep doing you. Don’t compare.
    #bigpinklink
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      Rach that’s not a silly dream, I love your blog and you writing style! If someone offered you a column I’d read it! Thanks for reading xx

  4. February 27, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    love this because I’m in that blogging rut myself at the mo. I started nearly 18 months ago and sure I’ve worked with some brands and done a few things but so what? this weekend I took a bit of a break and just did some other stuff I enjoy and I think it helped. just every now and then I think why am I bothering with this? and then I answer – because you do enjoy it, you do enjoy writing and creating. I’ve always been really competitive though so I find it hard to do something “just” for enjoyment ! #bigpinklink

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      I’m exactly the same! I’m forever comparing myself to other bloggers instead of doing what I love. I suppose I’m just looking for justification that other people love it too, but then why do I care so much? It makes it easier knowing it’s not just me. Thanks for commenting xx

  5. February 27, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    So true! I’m also guilty of sometimes getting a little bit obsessed with numbers, and “was that last post just pure poo ’cause no-one read it” haha! But that’s really not why most of us are here, and if the post was poo then whatever. #BigPinkLink
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      I always doubt myself! So what if everyone else thinks its poo, its not their blog!!! Thanks for reading xx

  6. February 27, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    I love your blog as it is, I personally feel that if we get up on numbers we lose our mojo. Some bloggers are just endless reviews, whilst reviews have their place if that’s all on offer I get bored and stop reading. Just forget about numbers and write because it makes you happy 😊
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:29 pm

      I’ve been having this debate for a while now. The more brands contact me the more I question if its what people want to actually read about! I for one find reviews pretty boring, do I want people to find my posts boring, obviously not! I’m glad you like my blog Anna and it means a lot that you’ve taken the time to leave me a lovely comment xx

  7. February 27, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I fully agree with this as you know! I love reading your posts and not just because you’re my MFF. I reckon if you’re enjoying writing it’ll show and your stats will grow naturally anyway! X
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      Very true! Thanks MFF XX

  8. February 28, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Hi! Found your post of Tuesday twinkles! Engagement does work hehe! But seriously, I resonate with a lot of what you wrote here. It’s so easy to get lost in the numbers game…I find that keeping my focus on my own little stories and sharing them with “my people” is just enough! While sure I’d LOVE to have 1000 people head over to my page (shameless plug nicolebeholds.com), it’s somewhat worthless if that’s where I find my meaning. Come visit me though, haha! I’ll be back here, I love your honesty and style πŸ™‚

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks Nicole! And I love your honestly and shameless plugging πŸ™‚ let me know if it works, I’ll have ton return the favour xx

  9. February 28, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I agree. It is too easy to get hung up on stats and connections. I think I’m guilty of that in life too. One good true connection is better than a million shallow ‘likes’. I had to take a break and allow myself time off from it all. We all need holidays and then we can come back fresh
    #dreamteam

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      That is a very valid point! I’d rather have a handful of followers who I connect with than 100000000 ghost followers xx

  10. February 28, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I totally agree about not obsessing about numbers – it can be very depressing to compare yourself to some of the ‘big’ bloggers and feel like you’re never going to achieve those follower numbers. I know I’m not – but I also work 31.5 hours a week and want to actually spend time with my husband and child when I’m not working. I don’t have the time to dedicate to blogging properly – but that’s fine. I’m proud of my content and like my little space on the internet. #DreamTeam
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      I wish I had more time but its a struggle as it is. Anymore and I’m scared it’ll be too much pressure! I love your blog and you should definitely be proud of your content, your posts are excellent xx

  11. February 28, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I am a brand new blogger and this post really made me feel better. I need to focus on what it brings into my life. Thanks so much for sharing this! #dreamteam

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Your welcome Brittany. I’m glad you found it helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting xx

  12. February 28, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Ah it’s so hard to not worry about stats. I check my page views constantly – I just want to see that I’m improving and that my hard work is paying off. But sometimes it can be so disheartening and, as you say, it means that you lose sight of what you actually set out to do in the first place. It’s a really difficult one… #DreamTeam
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      I think we need to find a new way of measuring our successes although I have no idea what that could be. Thanks for reading xx

  13. March 1, 2017 / 6:08 am

    At least once a month I wonder why I even bother, then I realise it’s because I enjoy it. No two ways about it, when all of a sudden my stats or tots rankings have a little burst of energy I feel great, but overall I have decided I don’t really mind if no one reads anything. I’m doing this for me and my blog doesn’t owe me anything, it has so far made me fab friends, given me some great experiences and allowed me to find myself again, so I think we are even πŸ™‚ #bloggerclubuk
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Oh god tots – will that be out next week? – can either make or break me! I like that, my blog doesn’t owe me anything! Will be keeping that one in mind. Thanks for your comment Briony xx

  14. March 1, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I could have written this! I’ve been blogging for 3 years, I’ve had some posts published on Huffington Post, and some rejected. I’ve had some really nice review opportunities, and I think I’ve written some pretty good posts – but then they just sit there unread. It’s hard to build up a social following and a lot of it comes down to time – I simply don’t have the time to dedicate to blogging with a job and 2 kids. Others do it but I don’t know how! It’s frustrating but i’ll keep on persevering as like you I started blogging to regain some control in my life when my life was all about babies! #twinklytuesday

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      It makes it better knowing it’s not just me! I go back to work this month and I’m already struggling to find the time, heavens knows how I’ll cope once there’s a full time job thrown in the mix!! Thanks for reading xx

  15. March 1, 2017 / 7:40 am

    It’s hard not to compare but don’t! I have to stop myself doing it and I rarely look at stats. Write because you love it and the rewards will follow – I love this piece! Well done you xx #bloggerclubuk

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      I’m the worse for comparing myself to other bloggers. Certainly a bad habit need to crack! Thank you so much xx

  16. March 1, 2017 / 7:45 am

    A beautifully honest post- I think with all these stats it is easy to get bogged down in numbers. You’re a blogging success already because you wanted to write a blog and you’re doing it- so many people have said to me: oh I keep thinking I should do that, oh I’d like to do that.
    I am new to this too and it is easy to look at sites with 75k on Instgram and think: I must be doing this all wrong, but chances are they’ve been at it five years, or are professional photographers a lot of the time.
    The friendship and connection aspect is one I hadn’t anticipated either and is the most valuable bit to me.
    I also think it’s really great to stay try to what you want to write about. I know there is probably a route to greater “success” by becoming a PR machine, with product placement aplenty and never expressing anything controversial but where’s the joy in that? If I can’t be me on my blog, where can I be?
    You’ve got one new follower to add to your stats today πŸ™‚
    #bloggersclubuk

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:11 pm

      I’ve never sat back and thought about it that way! Thanks for bringing that to my attention πŸ™‚ I think we forget it takes time to build up a following, it doesn’t just happen over night. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and leave me such a lovely comment. You really don’t know how much I appreciate it xx

  17. March 1, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    I love this post, for the first few weeks of blogging I obsessed over stats and I didn’t even know why since then I haven’t even looked at my analytics page and don’t intend to unless its really needed!
    Well done for getting onto Huffington, that’s a goal of mine too! Keep going with the posts I am definitely enjoying them!

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much. That means a lot. I’m going to try taking a step back looking at what I’ve achieved and focus on doing what I enjoy. Thanks for reading xx

  18. March 1, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    It’s almost impossible not to get hung up on stats – it’s what bloggers do, so you’re normal! Personally though, I just love writing, so I’m not obsessed with stats. However, I’ve just written a book and suddenly my social media following is hugely important…or lack of it! Because as you say, it takes time to grow it and I just don’t have time (blogging isn’t my job and I don’t do reviews). Basically I think that if you really love writing and find it cathartic then be patient and you will steadily grow over the next few years. You need to be in it for the long haul to see good results (from what I gather). You certainly need resilience and patience to be a blogger. Good luck with your journey. Alison x #BloggerClubUK

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Alison, your definitely right. There’s no quick fix it just comes with time. Thanks for reading and all the best with your book xx

  19. March 1, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Over the last few months or so I have certainly got myself caught up with all the numbers, like I’ve lost my focus on the blogging side. Must get back on track and ignore the numbers. Moz being down today (just as we expect an update) has certainly been a blessing because I have’t needed to stress whether I’ve stayed the same or gone down! #TwinklyTuesday
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      It’s helpful to know it’s not just me. It has been a blessing but it doesn’t mean I haven’t checked it a thousand times to see if its working yet! xx

  20. March 1, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    It’s so easy to let stats get you down. Of course you can just ignore them completely and enjoy blogging for what it’s really about – the writing. I try to find the middle ground and enjoy my blog – but keep up with stats enough to know where I need to improve and what I should focus on.
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK
    Debbie
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    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      I definitely need to find that middle ground. Use the stats to keep me on track but not let them get me down. Thanks for reading xx

  21. March 1, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Congratulations on a Huffington Post! I started a blog about the same time as you last year – and your miles in front of me – you’re doing a great job! It is hard not to get caught in looking at stats but if you’re doing something you love then I’m sure things will naturally progress. #BloggerClubUK

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Thank you! It’s easy to get hung up on numbers, sometimes you just need to take a step back and look at how far you’ve come xx

  22. March 1, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    I’ve only been blogging a month and I find myself obsessing about stats some days. I can see how easy it is to get caught up with the numbers and lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place. It’s refreshing to hear someone being honest and saying how hard it is. Keep up the great work – you’ll get another Huff Post piece published if you want to, I’m sure and obviously so many people like your blog. I really enjoyed reading this piece and just followed you on Instagram! #BloggerClubUK x

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Susie. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. It definitely helps to think back to why you started in the first place! Good luck with your blogging xx

  23. March 1, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Like others have said I think it’s normal and easily done to get caught up with the stats, I’m really new to blogging and I can find myself checking my stats several times a day when I’ve published a new post, I guess we just want to know people are reading our hard work and getting something out of it. At the end of the day as long as your still enjoying blogging what do the stats matter? 😊

    • Mommyandrory
      March 1, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      I completely agree, while it’s nice to know people are reading your work there’s no fun in obsessing over numbers. Thanks for reading and for commenting xx

  24. March 2, 2017 / 7:48 am

    I also started 6 months ago, and am obsessed with stats. Mine are awful though, I think 7 people read mine yesterday, and 6 were no doubt my mother!

    Your blog is great, keep going! #coolmumclub

  25. March 2, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I’ve only just started blogging for the same reasons as you, but I can see exactly what you mean – I love to write but am constantly doubting if I’m any good at all. I think I’d have felt the same with the rejection (if I had been brave enough to send something over – go girl!) but your writing is fab and I’m sure for any ‘no’s’ you’ll end up with about 10 ‘yes’s’. So kindly keep going and giving me great things to read πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub
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  26. March 2, 2017 / 10:59 am

    It’s easy to get caught up with stats and look at the top bloggers want to be like them – whilst forgetting that most of them have taken years of slog to get where they are. All the other commentators are right – focus on why you wanted to blog, write what you know and work on your skills etc – and readers will come. Creating content that you’re proud of, meeting new people and having fun is “success” to me. Good luck with finding your own way πŸ™‚ #coolmumclub
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  27. March 2, 2017 / 11:15 am

    This was so me in the first 12 months of blogging – it is so painful the torture of continuously checking our stats I don’t know why we do it to ourselves but we all do….but then eventually with perseverance comes that tipping point and when it comes it feels so good! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this xoxo
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  28. March 2, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Try not to get too despondent. Don’t forget how long some of the bigger blogs have been about. If you are going to worry about numbers (which I don’t recommend you do) then you need to put them into context. You had a peak thanks to the Bistro. You can’t replicate that all the time so just be pleased it happened that once. If you worry about followers and readers then set monthly goals and have a plan to reach your target. Personally the days I forget about numbers are the days I enjoy blogging the most. The days I focus on the followers I do or more likely don’t have, I find it a really miserable day.
    Keep going but relax. Or make achievable goals with a plan to succeed in them.
    #StayClassyMama
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  29. March 2, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    I totally agree with your approach, if you don’t love what you’re doing then your readers are definitely not going to love what you’re doing. It’s 100% about writing what you love writing about…..and maybe a little promotion. I think you are doing really well! You’ve accomplished a lot in only 6 months and should be proud! : ) Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!
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  30. March 2, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    I love this post and I love your writing! Blogging has this bizarre ability to suck us in. I seriously had NO clue what was involved when I started. And then by the time you’ve realised just what’s involved it’s too late. You’ve started and there is this huge desire and urge to keep going and be as successful as you can. Thing is, it takes so much time and a whole lot of effort. You’re doing fab. Keep doing what you’re going and it will happen. Like you say, never forget why you started in the first place. #coolmumclub
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  31. March 2, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    What an honest post. I don’t think you are alone in chasing the numbers (I was obsessed in the beginning). Everyone else has already given you a lot of good advice. I agree that you’ve done brilliantly in a short time. Hopefully it will be more of the same and you’ll continue to grow but there’s nothing wrong in having a small blog read by loyal readers either. #blogclubuk

  32. March 3, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Love this post. I’ve been blogging for near on 3 years now and my actual stats are pretty crap! However I am earning money from my blog and get plenty of review ops so I would say don’t focus on the stats! I keep seeing people asking after 2 weeks of blogging, how to earn money quicker and how to raise their readers. It takes time so it’s best to just concentrate on what you do well and let it grown organically! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  33. March 4, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    It can be really hard to not look at the numbers all the time but I’m glad you’re now remembering why you started blogging and not fretting about the figures any more. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

  34. March 4, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    Wow! In my eyes you are a blogging success! Look at all your comments on this post! Look at you being published on Huffington Post on your first try! That is amazing and something to be very proud of.

    Blogging, especially “Mummy” blogging, is hard because there are already a million blogs out there writing about the same topic. The fact that you have a following at all (even if you think it’s small) should be celebrated!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts so honestly. You are a great writer, and I’m sure great things will happen for you soo0n. xx

    #KCACOLS

  35. March 5, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Great post, and perfectly timed for me. We started blogging within a few weeks of each other (end of Jul 16 for me) and recently I’ve found myself getting too caught up in stats and need to go back to basics and remember why I started. Thank you for the reminder x
    #Coolmumclub
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  36. March 5, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Oh I think so many of us can relate to this – it is so easy to get hung up on stats as it’s a really tangible way to measure how things are going month to month. For me, I found the 6months-1 year mark much easier, as cheesy as it sounds, I felt I found my voice and my writing improved lots. I’m sure you’ll go from strength to strength, keep the faith! Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x
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  37. March 6, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    I definitely go hung up on stats for the first 18 months – it’s only natural to want people to read everything you’re writing. In fact I wrote a similar post to this back then. This past year though I’ve hardly been bothered about stats at all and it is really all just about enjoying writing and being proud of what I’ve created. If you stick at it good things will happen eventually – blogging definitely is a labour of love! x #coolmumclub

  38. March 6, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Hi Becky, it is easy to get sucked into the numbers game, but that does suck the fun out of blogging. Judging by the number of comments you have and having been published in the Huffington Post you aren’t doing too badly. Focus on enjoying blogging and I’m sure the rest will come.

    #ablogginggoodtime
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  39. March 7, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Oh I can relate to this massively. My stats are going to dip down this month after a massive peak when tumble tots shared my post at the end of Jan and into the start of Feb. It’s hard not to get sucked into the stats as that’s how so many people seem to seem success. But write for yourself and be proud xx #BloggerClubUK
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  40. March 7, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    I can totally relate to this as well. I’ve been blogging for more than a year and feel like it hasn’t taken off at all. I’m going to keep going and move forward to see what it can become. I think many of those “expert” bloggers who talk about overnight success aren’t telling the entire story. So many of them have worked on other blogs before or have a background in social media/marketing. It looks to me like you’re doing a great job – a Huffington Post blog post is amazing and you should be really proud. Good luck! #KCACOLS
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  41. March 8, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I love how honest this post is. There is so much more to blogging than numbers as you say. I have made the most wonderful virtual friends and received really great feedback from some of my posts and that makes it all worth it. When I first started, I had no idea about DA and working with brands, I had no idea at all that you could even make money from your blog! How times change. I kind of miss those days actually.

    Good luck with your next posts you submit to HuffPost but wouldn’t it be nicer to have a post on your own blog go viral via Mumsnet or something equally as cool as that? Then you get the traffic AND the love!!

    #KCACOLS

  42. March 8, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I can so relate to this post. When I first started blogging I got really obsessed with stats and had to ban myself from looking at them as it was making miserable. I have started checking them again recently and can already see myself getting a bit obsessed again! I think it’s best to not pay too much attention to the numbers and if you love what you’re doing then that’s the main thing xx congrats on your Huff Post by the way x #coolmumclub
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  43. March 9, 2017 / 8:37 am

    Don’t get hung up on the stats. It will take the enjoyment out of blogging and you won’t want to do it anymore. You have achieved an incredible amount already, a lot more than most of us ever achieve. Hang onto that and keep going! Pen x #KCACOLS

  44. March 12, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    Great post! I think you have many points here. We all pretty much start for a very personal reason and then we end up comparing ourselves to others… Very difficult to forget about stats etc… I think most importantly than that and working with brands, it proved to me that I could do it! It’s my second baby and I am just addicted to it. And I like teh attention. At the end of the day, let’s admit it lol! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
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  45. March 14, 2017 / 9:31 am

    It is so easy to get lost in blog statistics. I try not to look at mine too much, but sometimes it is hard not to.
    #KCACOLS

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