I understand now why Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom says “Successful bloggers are marathoners, not sprinters.”
If you had asked me six months ago if where we are now is where I thought we would be in our blogging journey, I would have said we would not be where we are right now. I am beginning to understand that blogging takes lots of time, effort, reading, studying, and innovating to be successful. We are still in the ‘grind mode’ stage. What’s that mean? We are spending lots of time putting out content. Yes, we are putting out lots of content, but our page views are lower than I would have expected after six months. We are in the midst of that, but it’s okay.
Why is it okay?
It all depends on how we define success right now.
How do we define success?
That’s a good question for a blogger. Like I said, if we define success by page views, we may not be successful right now. 🙂
So why do we keep blogging, you may ask?
Here’s where we are seeing success.
1. We are learning. Learning lots. We are learning about photography. We are learning how to write better. We are learning how to market our posts. We are learning the technicalities that come with hosting and setting up a blog. We are learning about online community.
2. Simply put, we enjoy blogging. We like to share our lives, stories, and projects with you. We like taking pictures and documenting our DIY projects. Speaking from my life (Kelli’s) as a stay at home mom, I thoroughly enjoy the outlet and variety that blogging has been for me. I would never want to do anything in life right now besides take care of my children, but blogging gives me something different to focus on as well.
3. One step at a time, we are pursuing blogging. We are actually doing it! I have wanted to blog for years but never had the courage, and I didn’t think I had the time. We all choose how we spend our time, and we all seem to have dreams worth chasing. I have made the time to blog, and, with the help of my husband and sisters, we have finally broken ground on something I have wanted to do for years.
4. Blogging forces us to think twice about life. We are being challenged. Am I using my time wisely? Do you know what it says up there at the top of the page right below our logo? It says, ‘challenging ourselves to live life intentionally and beautifully.’ Truthfully, that’s what our goal is here. Our blog is our place to share what we are gleaning in life. We are holding ourselves accountable to living intentionally. Look at how many book reviews Kristi has written in just six short months. One, two, three, four, five, six. Reading books is probably the number one way to learn and grow. Doing the photography posts helped me hone my skills so much better. I have a long way to go, but I learned lots by processing and narrating what I do know.
5. Blogging alongside family has changed and grown relationships. Kristi and I are doing the majority of the content writing these days. Because of that, we are on the phone ALL THE TIME talking about goals, strategies, and victories. We talk about what would make a good post and when to leave the sewing project gone bad off the blog. We are carefully critiquing each others’ posts and offering encouragement when we aren’t sure our posts are good enough. Our communication skills have grown too. We have to be honest with each other and sometimes that means Kristi tells me my applique snowman is a bit silly and shouldn’t be posted on the blog. 🙂 (True story.) We’ve learned a bit more to say it how it is.
We will continue blogging for the time being. We have no plans of stopping soon. 🙂 I am confident, too, that one day we will see more traffic and more comments and more encouragement from readers. We will continue ‘grinding’ until that day comes. We will continue pouring time and work into our little haven on the internet as we seek to encourage other women.