I’ve been having fun kicking out the blog posts the past few days and digging into other blogs searching for those words that make my brain light up with joy. And one of the themes that keeps swirling around that I’ve noticed on some of the other blogs has to do with whether you’re a success.
How on Earth are you going to gauge that one?
Success in whose terms? Or in what way? Or is it all a numbers game?
One blog seems to be saying you have to write and post every single day, but you have to be posting high quality content too. Is that possible every day? Isn’t that sort of contradicting? I mean volume doesn’t equal quality.
I suppose one can produce quality work every day, but really brilliant writing, in my mind, comes about a little less frequently. It’s not mechanical. For me, anyway, that kind of quality is “channeled” at certain times, and those times could strike at any moment. I just hope I’m somewhere near some scraps of paper, or the keyboards, or a voice recorder when that happens. It’s like lightening. A flash and gone.
Words, when they come to me, do so as singular events. Once they are gone, they’re gone. If I haven’t recorded them in some way at that moment, I will never get them quite perfect again. I could “fail” if I don’t have a pen handy. Or at least lose some words.
Have you ever lost some words? Like forgetting your sunglasses on the way to the beach, I have. 😊
Another writer would measure success by the number of followers you have. But is that anywhere close to accurate? I mean I have a fair number of followers, but I really seem to have a much smaller core group of actual readers. So, should you measure success by the number of likes you get instead?
I’ve seen some blogs with 10 or 20 thousand followers and they get a hundred or so likes on their posts. So who is really reading them? Or reading them all the way through to the end? Or are those followers really in the like-trading business?
Another blogging friend of mine claimed that she only writes for herself. She says she’s not interested in whether or not she has followers or even if people read her work. Could that really be true? If you go to the trouble of starting up a weblog, don’t you want others to read your stories? Isn’t that the purpose? I could write all kinds of stuff for my own benefit and not put it out on a public forum, so I find that train of thought to be a bit sketchy.
When I fired up the computer this morning one of the lead articles that popped up had to do with what Warren Buffet says makes you a success. Just one habit to get into. Saying “No” to almost everything. To business people, it’s all about delegating and the claim that one has to maintain focus on a limited number of goals.
Would that philosophy work with writers? NO!
We can’t delegate our writing to others, and while focus is important, I can be writing multiple pieces in my head at the same time. I do that a lot. I want to get all the ideas down on paper so sometimes, a laser, pin-point precision focus is not what I want to have at all.
Clearly, I’m just rambling today. Not writing anything brilliant, and maybe not even drawing the readers in with this post. But I would like to hear what others think of as being successful. I mean, I find having reached retirement is a success in its own right. I suppose I don’t have to do anything any more at this point in time. But I do love to write. 😊
What do you think? With regard to writing, what do you see as being a success?
Photo: I snapped this one at the San Diego zoo. Why this pic for this post? Well, I struggled a bit this morning thinking of symbolic representations of success. I searched Tarot cards, Animal Totems, the I Ching, my book of symbols – you name it. I love symbolism. All kinds of symbolism.
But today I was finding such a wide range of different interpretations of various subjects. One book says the Rat symbolizes success. Another says it’s the Pig. Another, a Lion. Symbols of clouds, stars, and suns. Could any source agree? And that’s when it hit me. This variation, these very differences in how different authors and sources defined or represented success depicts the dilemma in my post perfectly. How do you define such a nebulous term?
So I went with this and my own definition. I consider this pic a success because it actually caught the water droplets in mid-air as this majestic bird took a drink. So define success however you wish 🙂 Just be true to yourself.