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If you are a new blogger, or even a blogger who has been consistently posting for a long time, you may ask yourself, “when will I have success?”
Your definition of success determines how long it takes to get “there”.
Getting a blog found, reminds me of when I was on a search for my ancestors. Three had come to the US from Finland, and one from Russia.
I dug through online genealogy records, first finding two grandparents from Finland.
The person I had problems with, was my favorite Grandmother, from Finland. The relatives I turned to said she came over the same year the Titanic sunk. I knew that was 1912. Another relative said she arrived around Christmas. That narrowed my search. Several of the relatives said she came into Ellis Island, but when I combed through Ellis Island’s ships manifests, line by line, no Gramma was there to be found..
I then started looking at other ports…Boston…Philadelphia…………No Gramma
I reversed my search and found her leaving from Finland early December of 1912. From Hango (often spelled Hanko Finland), she traveled to Liverpool. It was there where I “lost her”.
The Finnish records stated that her ticket was issued by a Canadian company.
I asked myself, could she have come in through Canada? But I had no luck with the Canadian records.
I spent hours of my free time looking for Gramma. My husband’s advice was, “I don’t think your Gramma wants to be found.” “Let it go.”
Months passed and I finally put my search for Gramma on hold.
Then one day, I went back online. The Canadian records were now updated. I began searching again.
Within ten minutes I found Gramma. She had come in through St. John, New Brunswick.
What a happy day that was. My search was over.
Blogging is similar to this.
We post and we post. We try SEO (search engine optimization), keyword phrases, and commenting. We get a few visitors. We get Stumbled and Dugg. We get huge spikes in our traffic.
But we still don’t feel successful. We ask ourselves, what will it take?
Just as it took me over a year to find Gramma, I believe the answer is “time”.
In time…… success will be ours.
In the meantime….enjoy the journey.
Do you get frustrated with blogging, anxious for success?
Have you defined what success in blogging means to you?
Are you enjoying the journey?