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101: how to measure success?

Yesterday marked the day that Bound2Books accumulated over 100 followers on WordPress. I gasped as I saw the numbers flick over to triple digits and it made me start thinking about success; what is it and how do you get it?

You only need to Google ‘success’ to realise the infinite number of inspirational quotes, pictures, and inspirational quotes with pictures. There is usually a sky with clouds, or some sort of expansive landscape, or some small cute animal wearing something whimsical like a hat or a pair of gumboots (Piglets in gumboots get me every time. Every. Time.). People all over the world from politicians to singers to teachers talk about what success means and how to achieve it: lean in, believe in yourself, hard work, going the distance and what not. Although, if you ask me, I think there is a lot of luck and money involved too.

So what is success for me? I have read lots of articles about ‘how to successfully blog’ or ‘how to get your name/message/idea/insert-whatever-thing-here’ and while I have found some things helpful, I feel like a lot of it boils down to figuring it out for yourself. Success is such a subjective concept. Much like love, it is difficult to define and hard to pin down to one idea.

When I was four, success was spelling my name. When I was a teenager, success was hiding a pimple. When my Father was ill with cancer, success was about making him have an amazing day every day despite his pain and chemo. When my Father passed away, success was getting out of bed and remembering to clean my teeth. When I started my blog, success was getting one person to read it. Now that I have had this blog for over a year, success is more about expanding my audience further and talking about how books and what we read impacts the world around us. To summarise, what success means today, will not be the same tomorrow.

Do I have the success I want? I don’t know if I sound unsatisfied or ungrateful, but the answer is no. I don’t want to sound like a megalomaniac here, but I want it all! There are so many things I want this blog to be. And a lot of the time, I feel like I’m not very good at being successful. I get it’s that whole imposter syndrome (ask any academic, they’ll be happy to explain), but I feel like what I am doing isn’t good enough. That my articles aren’t crisp or snappy enough. Whatever that even means…

To paraphrase Taylor Mali, I would like to thank everyone who has joined me for a ride on the band-wagon of my own uncertainties.

How do you measure success? How to you feel about your writing and blogging? I would love to hear from you. Remember to share the reading love.



4 thoughts on “101: how to measure success?

  1. Congratulations on having your first year anniversary. I guess the fact you never gave up is a huge success. Well done. As you say, success means something different to each of us. Mine’s a happy marriage. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on getting the 100followers 🙂 it’s a fantastic feeling isn’t it and something truly to be proud of. Like yourself I’ve been reading a lot of those blogger success stories lately and while I also want it all I find a lot of the things they do are things I’m not necessarily comfortable with. I started blogging 18months ago and still love doing so, but sometimes I get envious and ask myself the same questions about the measure of success. You see someone of the long standing blogs who have a couple of thousand followers and go how the hell did they get there, and largely like you said, I think it comes down to hard work and luck. And the notion of being yourself and learning who you are and what you want to show. Gah I’m sounding like an infomercial now so I’ll shut up as what I wanted to say was this post struck a cord with me, so thank you for posting it 🙂 best of luck with your future blogging 🙂

  3. I think for me success will mean being paid in some capacity to write. I know that I love my book and I love to write, but I I would love to be able to say to people – hey I’m working because I have a contract. I know it’s silly, but it’s how I feel 🙂

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