You Don’t Have to Be a Big Blogger to Be Successful

Did you know you don't need to be making a large income or have thousands of followers to be successful as a blogger. Answer these four questions to determine your success as a blogger.

I have mentioned many, many times why I won’t ever be a “big” blogger or “successful” according to the blogging world. However, for as slow as my growth over 8 years has been and the fact that I don’t make any money off my blog, I still believe I have been successful with blogging.

And really, what is success? To me, it’s not the amount of followers or amount of income I get with blogging. No. It’s more of the experiences, the feelings, the friends. I’m here to tell you small bloggers, you plateaued veteran bloggers– you don’t have to be a big blogger to be successful.

I’m not big by any means. I don’t have 1000 followers on any single social media platform–the closest is Pinterest at almost 950 followers. I barely get over 5000 views a month. I have no email subscriber/newsletter lists. I don’t work full-time on my blog and I earn peanuts…if that. I’ve been at this for eight years! But, I still consider myself a successful blogger. Here’s why.

Have I learned a new skill?

I consider learning and mastering a skill being successful. Before I started blogging, I had no idea about HTML coding, social media platforms (except for Facebook), graphic design, SEO, etc. In the past 8 years, I have successfully become proficient at both Blogger and WordPress, as well as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I’ve learned how to create branded pinnable images. I’ve bought a DSLR and learned how to take good quality photos as well as how to edit photos. I’ve learned to come out of my shell to network with other bloggers and companies.

With these newfound skills, I have been able to be a photographer for a newborn photo shoot, become a freelance writer, and ghost-manage a Beach Body coach’s blog, newsletter, and Twitter/Pinterest accounts. I call that pretty successful.

Have I made new friends?

I have gotten to know so many people very well through blogging. Whether it was from random followers in the early days of blogging before 2010, or people I’ve collaborated with and kept in touch…doesn’t matter. These friends know me just as well as my in-real-life friends do. We check up on each other. We support each other. We inspire each other. We joke with each other. When I lived in Utah, I got to know many other Utah bloggers who happened to be teachers as well. Since we all lived within two hours of each other, we would get together often. Now, we almost all have kids and are super close inside and outside of the blogging world. I’m an introverted person, so I’m very glad I have an easy way to ease into friendships.

Have I gotten anything from blogging?

Yes, I’ve had one paid campaign–with Eggo Waffles! But, other than that, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many brands and get a product in exchange for a review. Yes, I know that there is a trend now that bloggers believe they should be paid on top of receiving a free product, but I don’t. I look at the monetary value of the product. I only review products I would’ve spent money on anyway.

Have I changed from blogging?

I am an introvert, but I find it easier to talk to people now, online and offline. I pour out my heart and soul online, so I feel I have opened up to others. My self-worth has grown because of all the skills I’ve learned. I consider myself a work-at-home mom, which I never thought would be possible or that I would want it. Never would I have ever considered doing freelancing if I had not already been in the blogging business. I want to do more fun things. Yes, a part of that reason is “it would be cool to photograph and blog about!” But, the fact is, me and my family are getting out more and enjoying more adventures together. And….I typically forget my camera anyway!

Do I enjoy what I do?

I don’t consider my blog a business. Again, I know that the trend is to do so, but to me, although I may devote a lot of hours to it, I still consider it a hobby. If need be, I can easily stop blogging and social media for a while and not feel guilty, but I always come back to it. My husband has told me how proud he is of keeping with blogging, of learning new things, of getting my first paid campaign, of making new friends, of receiving new opportunities. It brightens my day and gets me excited.

I love blogging. I feel fulfilled with it. And, when it truly boils down to it, it’s not the size or income that matter. If you love what you do, then you are successful at blogging.

My Go-To Modest Summer Mom Outfit

Do you have certain modesty standards? Do you have a mom body you aren't to particularly proud of? Is it a hot summer where you are from? Try this ensemble for the perfect ,modest go-to summer mom-bod outfit!

Summer gets hot here in Texas. Like really hot. Like unbearably hot. Like I want to sit naked on my bed with the AC blasting and the ceiling fan whirring hot. But, that’s not possible. Especially not for a mom of a preschooler and a mobile infant. Add into the fact that I’m Mormon and have to wear special Mormon underwear that covers my entire shoulders, belly, and go above my knee! So, I can’t wear short-shorts or tank tops. And, it’s like having another layer of clothing on. But, I’ve finally found my go-to modest summer mom outfit that works for the hot Texan summers!

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Currently | July 2017

This is going to be quite a busy month. I feel loads better physically and mentally than I did in June–it was a good break for me, not having any expectations of myself. But, I am revived and reinvigorated. I can’t wait for this month (and August so we can move and I can decorate and set up our new apartment already) to happen! So, not much different or exciting is currently happening, but here is what we’ve been up to!

Rhys Michael is now 3 years old!

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Discover July Goals 2017

Discover your goals for July 2017. It's time to re-evaluate your word of the year and your resolutions. How are you doing? Get re-inspired!

Having June off from real goals really helped me. I wasn’t as stressed (granted, I wasn’t as productive either), but I was happier. I did have some health issues and lot of blood work done. On the one hand, the blood work and my physicals all came back normal, on the other hand, we still aren’t sure why I’ve been so overly exhausted, sleepy, and weak lately. But, I’ve started to feel better. I’ve also done better with just being present with my kids and enjoying watching them and reading to them without the distraction of electronics. You may have noticed that I haven’t really been all that active on social media lately–that was needed. I didn’t feel the passion for it. But, now that’s it’s July, I’m ready to get back to the grind of things. I’m ready for a renewal, just like last year (I love Danica for always doing these half-way-through-the-year checkups–they are so inspiring to focus back on your resolutions).

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