Celebrate Your Blogging Journey

web peopleRevisiting why you blog and monitoring your progress frequently is important. Examining your Archives and stats helps you see where you’ve been and where you’ve yet to go. Celebrating small successes along the way helps you stay on course and makes you eager to forge ahead.

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Success is largely about having a certain state of mind, a success mind set. One success leads to another and the snowball effect goes to work. By celebrating smaller successes you are actually starting to communicate that attitude of “I have already succeeded” or “I am successful” to your mind. – Why you should celebrate small successes

What are your blogging goals? Are you achieving them?  Do you measure blogging success in terms of likes, followers, email subscribers, stats, shares, comments, income, something else, or a combination of factors?

In Milestones Defined,  Thomas Baekdal explores the difference between milestones, tasks and phases.

What is a milestone? There are basically two types of milestones.

  1. A specific date that indicates the completion of something.
  2. An event in the future that you hope to reach.

Keeping a simple editorial calendar helps you chart your content creation, commenting and blog promotion activities with timelines for completing a series of tasks and phases. Reaching your first blog anniversary is a milestone of the second type and many bloggers celebrate that event. But we all set out own goals and there are lots of celebration possibilities along the way.

Blogging can be a blast and if you’re not enjoying it maybe an attitude of gratitude is what you need. What have you accomplished in the past several weeks/months that deserves a celebration? Consider some blogging milestones like these:

  • Have you published your first (change the number to suit) audio, video, interview, review, viral post, series, etc.?
  • Have you reached the 100 (change the number to suit) published posts benchmark?
  • Have you approved 100 (change the number to suit) comments?
  • Has your blog attracted 100 (change the number to suit) followers?
  • Has your blog or a post in it received an award or special recognition?

Who hasn’t met a wonderful group of people through blogging that they would not have met otherwise? If you’re looking for an inspiring event to participate in and help you keep blogging, or if you want to create a meme  or host your own blog event see Blog Event Listings and Make a Free Award, Event or Website Badge.

Pssst! If you can’t come up with any blogging successes that spark your desire to celebrate then examine your calendar, note the upcoming local, regional and national events and celebrate them in blog posts.

Also take a close look at the flip side. What have you failed to accomplish in the past several weeks/months? Don’t mistake the fact that every failure can lead to future success.There’s even a conference dedicated to celebrating failure as a means of learning what not to do again.

As noted on the Failcon website, Embrace Your Mistakes.  Build Your Success. FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.
If wake is called for have one – share what went wrong, knowing every post is an opportunity to express your appreciation for your online friends who supported your blog and helped it grow. By blogging to acknowledge both your successes and failures you can inspire others to blog on while keeping your own blogging on track.

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54 thoughts on “Celebrate Your Blogging Journey

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  3. A life of gratitude keeps us centered and on the right path. Looking back occasionally, to see how far you’ve come, the problems you’ve solved, almost always produces a surge of gratitude– or should. I’m very grateful for all the help you’ve given me– thanks.

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  5. Do I celebrate milestones of my blog? Looking back I sorta do by mentioning how I chose the blog name, how I first got into blogging (to document living in an Olympic host city, Vancouver) and I was unemployed at that time. Sooooo much has happened since then.

    Rather than celebrate the existence of the blog itself, I tend to just celebrate some of the subjects that I write about…meaning the blog post topic expresses a self-discovery or discovery of the world.

    Or maybe I’m just obliviously lazy about the blog lifespan itself: it feels like a natural part of me now… like a garment that I’ve sewn and now wear. It is through this blog, I think the best parts of me are there (and I haven’t delved into personal difficulties and tragedies) in the blog.

  6. I missed this post earlier. It’s interesting how my blogging celebrations changed over time. I still remember how excited I was to get my very first “like” notice. I was amazed and delighted that anyone took the time to read something I wrote. I’ve been excited to reach the 100 followers and 100 posts milestones, and to celebrate blog birthdays. What gives me the most satisfaction now are the relationships and connections I have with other bloggers. Sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings with people around the world, and feeling connected to and understood by them, is not something I ever expected to come from writing a blog. but it’s the best thing ever. Gratitude (as you suggested) for this experience keeps me charged up about blogging.

    On another subject – I am impressed with your copywriter notice setup, and would like to do something similar, as mine is not adequate. Would you allow me to use yours as a template?

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      It`s always good to hear from you. :)

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      http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/copyright/

      I am now including this copyright notice after the 55 word teaser followed by the read more link so I have less content theft to cope with.

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    • Good for you. :) We blog for pleasure and if we do not celebrate our small successes and we do not learn from failures we will soon find we don’t make much progress. Worse still the pleasure can be sucked right out of us when we plod along without smelling the roses and composting the stinky stuff.

      To keep the enjoyment of blogging alive within us I recommend that we celebrate every small success, analyze every failure to find out how to avoid failing again. Then we can plan accordingly and think positively knowing that it is our thoughts that empower us to act in positive ways that will lead to success.

      See here for my wise friend Zeenat’s blog http://positiveprovocations.com

  7. Thanks, timethief, for the reminders to reflect on what we’ve done with our writing. Looking back does provide perspective. Rather than beat ourselves up on what we have yet to achieve, we can celebrate how far we’ve come and what we need to do to improve.

  8. Thoroughly enjoyed my quick read of this post, but have now emailed it to myself to go through slower so that I can savor each sentence. You’ve packed a lot into a single post. Thanks.

    • Hi Barbara,
      I did pack a lot into this post and I hope my other readers will bookmark it and refer to it as you intend to. I aim to publish twice weekly but lately I’ve had some personal issues that got in the way of doing so. This week I only had time to prepare and publish a single post so I made it a “meaty” one.

  9. Great reminder, timethief. I just passed 500 posts and am about to reach 20,000 comments. Yippee! Sometimes taking a look at these things helps you realize just how far you’ve come.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • Say what? 500 published posts and no celebration – that won’t do. I’m slightly jealous because I have 953 Posts and only 22,339 Comments. When’s the party? :)

  10. Such a timely article for me! I just celebrated the anniversary of my first post on the 6th and just did a One Year write up. It was fun, and so great to think about the positives I have gained in the last year. There were some negatives too–and you are smart to point that out as a way to learn, because I need to think about those and haven’t really done that yet. I had never really thought to have metric numbers to target on comments, or even the challenge of doing a “first” like you said, with video, interview, etc. those are great ideas, to mix it up and challenge ourselves. Thanks as always for giving all of us food-for-thought!

    • Hi Robin,
      Congrats! Thanks so much for commenting and waiting patiently for a reply. I just read your insightful post and tweeted it to my followers My Year in Writing: 7 Lessons Learned http://afitandfocusedfuture.com/2014/02/05/my-year-in-writing-7-lessons-learned/ I’m so glad I met you and located your blog.

      Most of us want to forget our failures and it’s exactly the wrong thing to do because it only leads to repeating the same mistakes. The best way to go is to acknowledge every failure, eviscerate it and find what we need to make sure we don’t fail the next time.

      • timethief, thanks so much for reading and sharing–so appreciate that. I think now that the year is up, it’s time to set some goals! I’m also so glad to have found your tips, and also your more personal blog–that took me a little longer to find and I’m hooked already :)

        • Hi Robin,
          It’s so good to know you like both blogs. :) Sadly as I work my personal blog is my lowest priority but I do hope to make the time to publish there today.

  11. It’s always nice to read a post that sparks an idea for a new blog topic to write about ~ just as this post of yours has for me. Thanks, timethief!

  12. In any project there are setbacks and times when energy is running high. I think of setbacks as opportunities to refocus. I think of energy let loose as an opportunity to try to see the patterns in the triggers that released it. But most of all I am reminded time and again of the advice that commitment is often halfhearted and that we spend a lot of the energy that could be used in the accomplishment of the goal in dithering and in keeping our mind’s eye on the last safe harbour rather than the goal ahead.

  13. An interesting topic. When I first started, I had no goal or aim, but over time, I’ve learnt to enjoy the journey and set some goals along the way. Thanks for your help.

    • I began blogging here after leaving two other sites behind but it took me some time to develop a plan and goals for this blog. I began as an environmental blogger here but the climate change deniers trolled it mercilessly. I have a strong environmental background and as a am a Librarian I knew knew whereof I spoke.Though it was a successful blog with a good page rank and a strong traffic flow but I decided to ditch the booblehead trolls, slay the blog and move one. By then I had some experience answering support forum questions and a desire to share everything I learned which led to creating a blogging tips blog.

  14. Thank you for this. I am having a quiet blogging time since zero to hero. Doing the challenge, chatting to other bloggers, and seeing what they do has led to me thinking of all the things that I want to do but am unable to achieve. However, I have managed to publish something every week since I started. That alone is something I actually think I am really proud of – it can sometimes be the little things.
    Thanks again – a very motivational post.

    • Hi Abby,
      Meeting you in the challenge and reading your blog was a bright spot for me. Aiming to publish weekly is a righteous choice for any hobby blogger and accomplishing that is worthy of a celebration weekly. It’s not easy to attract and retain a regular readership and/or attract new readers. It’s not easy to get many comments either when your first begin or as you progress, and there will be times when you find yourself on a plateau.

      What’s key is knowing that it’s always up to you to motivate yourself to publish during times when it seems like your blog has stalled. If you become your own cheerleader and celebrate every small success, and if you become your own detective and learn from every failure you will be motivated to blog on.

      If you have high expectations that aren’t fulfilled and you are not self-sustaining then you will end up deleting or abandoning your blog. Sadly that’s what most bloggers who register a blog today will do in less than a year’s time.

      I expect to be invited to your first blog anniversary party. ;)

  15. Your comment about meeting people is spot on.
    I look forward to my Reader being filled daily with just an amazing array of great posts. So much better than the news!

    • Hi there,
      I’d rather read blogs than listen to or watch or read the news any day so we are on the same page. Thanks for commenting and best wishes with your blog. :)

  16. I look at the small things as good – some of my how to Posts are one to three Page Views per day – small and minor by internet standards – but still that means that I helped that many left handed people tie a Bowline Knot (or coil a line with the Ballentine Coil, or other things to do with boating). Other Posts do better. I see at least a token amount of traffic from around the world every day. Always amazed when I see visitors from all over the world, even if the page views are only one or two from a specific country.

    With the death of QuantCast on WordPress.com blogs, I have been robbed of being able to easily see with standard stats the growth over the last three years or so – my weekly stats are now higher than my monthly stats a few years ago.

    Mostly I just sort of plug along. Always like it when a new person subscribes, still excited to see one more.

    I did get an award for my work with boating safety – a letter of Commendation from the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and my web site was one of several things over the last two years or so that were mentioned (thanks Quantcast for providing the easy audit for someone to see the stats without me knowing I was being researched).

    for personal reasons I tend not to set specific count goals for new Posts and such, but I have added a notebook that I write down ideas for articles so I won’t loose the thoughts.

  17. I agree with the novice gardener 100%. Your advice is always excellent and there is always something new that I learn from your posts. I believe one must celebrate ones success and I like the idea that if there is nothing to celebrate on the blog one can turn to national, international or local celebrations and join them. The idea that inspires me here and that which I have not considered is creating an award or a website badge. I will look into it. It is a novel idea for me. Thanks for inspiring me as usual and your wonderful post. Take care and God bless.

    • Hello there,
      It’s good to see you here and to hear the kind words you wrote about my blogging. Your blog does tend to be celebratory in style. Creating a website badge is fun and it’s not as hard as you may think. Bless you too.

    • I agree that wanting to have more time to blog is a common desire but I say don’t ever neglect your life offline in favor of gum-flapping on social media sites. I know bloggers who wasted years on Facebook that they can never get back. If you do get extra time I suggest using it it for content creation.

      • I agree with you. I have never been on facebook. I want more time to make stuff. My mini me’s for peoples anipals have taken off and I want to show case a gallery of all the pets and minis I have made. Plus I have the day job, young son etcetera. We bloggers seem to squeeze a lot in. You are amazing with all you do plus you have health issues. XX

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