When I first started blogging, I had these preconceived notions about what constituted a successful book blogger. It was some combination of a beautifully put-together site, tons of comments, a huge social media following, and getting all the ARCs, whether from a site like Netgalley or unsolicited. I worried about how I would ever make my mark on the book blogging community or even achieve some of the things other bloggers do.
Over the past couple years, my definition of "success" in blogging has changed a lot. While I still admire the big blogs, I've learned that there are other ways to define success. We all talk a lot about stats and at least somewhat keep track of how many hits and visitors we're getting, but it's so much more than that.
I don't have thousands (or even hundreds) of followers, but I feel like most of my posts get a good amount of interaction. People leave thoughtful comments and give me their opinions, and I love it! I love that readers are connecting with what I'm writing. I feel like I've found a really amazing group of bloggers and we all support each other. That interaction and camaraderie makes me feel successful, like I really belong in this community.
I also feel successful when someone comments that I've convinced them to read a book or add it to their TBR. It's such a compliment to know that my recommendations are being taken. If it's a book that hasn't come out yet, making other readers aware of it, putting it on their radar, and knowing it might be something they'll enjoy is so fun. It's an even greater feeling when someone reads my reviews and wants to read a book because of it. As someone who loves to share books, I'm happy when I can bring a book that I've enjoyed to others. I want everyone to love the book as much as I did, so I feel like I've done my "job" well when someone else wants to read it, too, based on what I've said about it.
How do you define success as a book blogger? What makes you proud? Is it reaching a certain number of followers, posting a certain number of times per month, etc.?