To succeed in blogging: set yourself on fire (but not literally)
One of the best resources in your ongoing challenge to find fresh blog material is other bloggers. As you surf the web, you may come across other posts that spark your interest or that you think might be relevant to your readers. There are a few ways to do this. You could get permission to reprint the blog with credit, but generally the better alternatives are to summarize the post and refer to it, or add your two cents about the subject and refer to it. Allow me to demonstrate.
Marvin Kane, a web developing colleague at kaneworks.com raised the complex issue in a recent blog post of how to define success. His conclusion is that it varies from person to person and changes over time.
What struck me is how relevant this topic is to blogging. What is success in blogging? How will you know if you are a “successful” blogger? Is it the number of posts? The number of readers? The number of comments?
Once you’ve determined what success is, how are you going to get there?
In his post, Marvin offered a few quotes on the topic. My favorite is this one:
“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” –Arnold Glasow
Regardless of how you define success for your blog or yourself, you have to make it happen. For instance, you have to write posts – even if you’re not sure they’re good enough or you’re afraid what others will say about them. Simply put, you will get no more out of a blog than you put into it.
What is your definition of success for your blog? How will you know when you’ve achieved what you want?