I know he's a cowboy, but he seems Heisenberg-esque to me. I think it' the hat.
If you're new here (Hi! Welcome.), I started blogging to make friends in my city. And if I do say so, I am doing a great job - blogger friends turning IRL friends or text friends in just a few months is so fun - but like many
Hate is a strong word but I still find this funny!
Last week, Forbes came out with a list of the Top Websites for Women in 2013. I started going through the list and found several blogs I had never heard of so I clicked over. I was expecting sleek design, loads of followers, and more comments than any blogger could realistically respond to. What I got were small blogs with unique voices just talking about life at the time. Two to three comments per post. Approachable blogs with likely small and devoted followings (like this one). Very few comments, but they were on the Forbes list, y'all. That's legit! So I had to ask myself - what would I rather have - a spot on the Forbes list or loads of comments? The prestige of being called tops by a national publication or fifty of my peers leaving comments, from the heartfelt to the cursory (let's face it - we have all left a "that's so cute!" comment with nothing more at least once) - either would be fantastic, no? Or I could be a
You can buy this cute print here.
I guess the short answer, and the one we all know, is that comparison is the thief of joy or whatever pinterest has been saying. Blogging success is relative to the wants and needs of each blogger. I can say that I get so bummed out when bloggers that I like stop letting me into their lives in favor of reviewing products that don't seem to fit into their lifestyles or when each post is tagged with a sponsored segment at the end. On the one hand, I would love to have a thousand pairs of eyes reading what I have to say every day. On the other, could I really keep a relationship with them? The higher those numbers climb, the more I open myself up to being judged and ridiculed (also? The greater the chance of making another good blog friend. You can't just take the good, though). I started this blog to form connections. I had lunch with Rachelle yesterday. Sara and I have similar senses of WTF and exchange emails almost daily. Sweet Joey has become a text friend, Heidi is my long lost sister, and I get to experience BlogElevated with Bre and Miranda. There are more great blog friends, but I have had one-on-one contact with these over the past 24 hours so I am a very, very lucky girl. And, by my own, self-imposed standards, a very successful blogger.
But, for the record, I won't turn down a spot on the Forbes list in 2014 and if more eyes check out this page, I'll do my best to get to know every one of 'em.
What makes a blog successful to you? Do you ever have trouble maintaining your focus?