Many bloggers evaluate their blog on the grounds of how much money it makes in a month. There are popular sites such as Johnchow.com which touts the huge sum of money made in this month and that. So, overtime, bloggers have been lured into believing that if you aren't making money, then your blog isn't popular or is probably a flop. But I believe that money [and traffic] is not the only criteria to evaluate the success of a blog.
I don't base my blog's success on how much money it makes or pageviews that it recieves. The only monetization I use is Adsense and TNX and the revenue it brings is hardly enough to pay for my hosting. Despite only a couple of visitors a day, I still stick with my blog, because it's what I love to do. I don't have huge traffic or impressive stats, but I still consider my blog a success - because I have gained a sizeable audience that reads what I write and want to say.
It doesn't matter that I am not making a great deal of money or that I don't have thousands of visitors a day. I am happy with a handful of readers, readers with whom I've built a relationship and gained their trust - that is truly what I've achieved. It is my close-knit community of readers that has made my blog what it is today. Their enduring zeal fuels my passion.
Sure, I could do a little advertising campaign and gain more traffic. But as a school student, neither do I have the resource nore the time to pursue such a tactic. That is why I rely on my readers to spread the word. And it works - my visitors and feed subscribers are growing gradually. What I learned is that if you have patience and stick with it long enough, it will eventually pay off.
Every blog had to start somewhere, even successful ones like Probblogger. If Darren Rowse alone could have made such a blog, why can't you? It is because bloggers of today are so obsessed with traffic stats and monetization options that they forget the fundamental part of their success - their loyal readers. It is the first few readers, readers who spent their time to read your blog when you were not famous, readers who would eagerly wait for your next article to comment and evaluate your article - don't forget them. They are the ones that helped make your blog a success.
So, you might not make much money online, or have enormous traffic, but don't forget the element that made your blog what it is today - your close-knit community - that is where success truly lies.
As for my blog, it hardly makes $10 a month from Adsense, but I still manage time to wrtie an occassional article for my readers. I don't want to dissappoint them, because without them I wouldn't even be making 10 bucks a month. I frimly believe that if you love bloggging and have a passion for it, then you too could become an A Lister someday. Just don't worry too much about traffic and money at the start. It will come eventually.
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