It has got me wondering lots about what makes a 'successful' blog? What makes a person's blog 'better' than someone elses? And for that matter? Who actually cares bar the bloggers themselves? I made it into Tots100 top 500 this month for one hour. One hour! I was rabidly excited and told everyone, even phoned up my parents. Then dropped back out again as some of the other blogs were 'miscalcuated'. I was sad. And embarrassed. But? I now know not to trust the stats until at least a week after they have been published. And to be totally honest my parents had no clue what I was banging on about but seemed happy as I was happy about it.
Screw you stats! This is what it's about. Our personal triumphs!
A blog is a very personal thing and I think we should all calm down and think about our blogging triumphs as personal as well. Tots100 Top 50? Well done! Front page of Mumsnet? Brilliant achievement! Touching another parent and making them feel not alone? Equally brilliant! Getting some nice freebies for your children. Amazing! And after going to BritMums Live I can say - making new friends? For me this was utterly priceless. Blogging is meant to be fun. For me blogging was meant to be a laugh. And I find myself worried about stats and figures and readers and what people will think if I post everyday or post once a week.
So I am taking a stand and saying "F*ck It!". Blogging for me is not my career, it has offered up some amazing opportunities and I am lucky enough to say I have been on Mumsnet front page, twice. My husband was featured on CNN after a journo liked my blog and I am currently Netmums blog of the week. However, I am not in the Tots100 top 500, I don't have the most twitter followers, or Facebook likes, or 1000 instagram followers. My YouTube channel? Has 15 subscribers. And I think one of them is me and one is some weird porn site. I am proud of my successes. I love hearing from work colleagues that their friends sometimes read my blogs. I like getting the odd email from people saying I make them laugh. And when my kids watch the daft vlogs I make and scream with excitement - oh that is aces!
So screw you stats. I still will be part of Tots100 as I do think they offer fantastic advice, champion some truly amazing writers in their top 100 and their blogcamp was brilliant. I just won't be waiting for the results to be revealed. But I promise you this; I will only comment on blogs I want to. I may post four times a week or once. I will only retweet tweets I want to and if your photos are crap on Instagram? I will not be following. So get taking some pics of cute dogs covered in bunting asap. Then? You will have my undivided attention.
What do you think? How do you judge your success as a blogger?
Do stats make it fun or stressful?