I have been reliably informed by WordPress that today is the second anniversary of me starting up my blog – 12th July 2013 – a momentous date. I believe there’s some statistic floating around out there that 90% of blogs that fail do so within the first 90 days and there are a huge number of blogs failing every day.
So why has blogging been something I’ve stuck with so consistently over the past two years? I generally get bored of most new fads in my life within a few months. I also get interested in things that I see other people pursuing, particularly if they are doing a really great job of it – a little voice goes off in my head “I could do that just as well, if not better” when in actual fact people that do things well just tend to make them look easier than they are. It’s generally when I realise that most things done well take a lot of time and effort that my interest begins to wane.
I guess the difference with blogging is that I started blogging without really ever having read a blog – I just thought it would be a fun way to have a platform on which to publish my own ‘stuff’ whatever that ‘stuff’ might be. I didn’t start from an assumption based on anyone else’s take on how to blog, what to blog about or who to blog for. And even now, after two years and all the ways in which you are sucked in to performing for statistics/traffic/kudos/awards, I still just love the writing process.
I think the fact that I haven’t really tried to monetise my blog also means that I haven’t had a direct way of measuring success or failure – only earning 50p in 6 months might have disheartened me somewhat!
I do tend to blog in different ways at different times – lately I’ve been trying to write funnier posts and really discover the humour and push myself in that way, but I also loved my photo-heavy entry about our little adventures at English Hampshire Lavender which allowed me to not only document the day but also practice my photography skills and show off the finished result.
Whilst blogging can be a solitary enterprise, I’ve discovered that it is kind of nice to feel like part of the parent blogging community and the friends I’ve made have had a huge influence in giving me the momentum to carry on even when I’ve felt disheartened for any number of reasons.
Because of all of these things I am still blogging and I really believe that I will always be a blogger – it’s just part of who I am these days.
Do you feel the same way? Or if you haven’t started a blog, do you think you would and if so, would you make it a success?