How To Make Friends With Failure

I want to share something with you which I’ve learned from more four-hundred consecutive daily posts on this blog.
Many friends and family asked me, in different ways, ‘Why? Why do you blog? How many people are reading it? Who is reading it? What is the purpose? What is the end game?’

In over one year I have approximately the same number of readers as I did when I started. It is a very, very small number. Only about thirty or forty people read this blog every day.

Some days, it’s less than ten.

By comparison, the best bloggers who I read and admire, have tens of thousands of page views per day.

It would be easy to stop now. With no increase in readership, why bother, right?

Here’s the thing I want to share:

The failures of the last four-hundred days are not the reason to stop; they are the reason to press on. They are the most valuable thing I possess today as a blogger.

I know what a bad post is. I know how to write a good post. I know when I’m rushing it. I know when I need to trash it. I know when I need to re-work it completely. I feel myself starting to get better every time I sit down to write.

I know that posting on my own blog for so long seems like pissing in the wind, but, I also know that I need to post on other blogs. As much as possible.

It’s time to start submitting more and more work to as many outlets as possible.

That was another mistake I made last year (not submitting to other sources often) but, I now have a full year of experience under my belt as to how submit something good.

You’ve heard that ‘you have to fail in order to become good at something.’

I’m going to have to fail some more. Probably a lot more.

I can’t wait. Failure is my friend now. I hope it can be yours to, in whatever you do.

3 thoughts

  1. Don’t you even dare stop blogging. I refer people to this site all the time. I don’t know if they ever get here, but I like to be able to confidently say: “This guy is putting himself out there and saying some really good shit. Check it out.”
    Readership levels do not equate to failure. Some of my favorite blogs have fairly tiny readerships. If you focus on putting your best writing and your healthy messages out there, that’s what counts. ❤
    I know I've not been around much because my own blog is KILLING me. But please. Know that I keep tabs on everything you do.

    1. As I do of you 🙂
      I wholly agree. I’m just getting started.
      I just wanted to convey exactly what you said, to others who might be thinking of stopping.
      This is when it starts to get (more) fun!

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