You will inevitably read that you “should do this, or do that” in regards to blogging successfully but it also comes down to what type of blogger you are, it matters, they all have a different style, plan of action, and possible results.
Being a successful blogger is like everything else in life, not easy, simple yes, not easy though. Success is a personal definition anyway, so it’s you that defines the success you can/do achieve.
I wouldn’t yet say I was entirely a successful blogger, how I define it, getting there in some respects and already there in other respects.
It’s completely trial and error no matter how anyone else dresses it up, you have to just do it and learn what works for you, or not, then adapt and improve.
There are many things you can test, learn, alter as you go along with the added benefit of very real time results in some cases. Whatever style of blogging you do there is no rule book saying you must do this or that, nope … nothing!
Part of the issue I see is a bit of a double edged sword, on the one hand if you get caught up reading what people say “works and you should do” etc, you will only be following others, blogging by their rules if you like, doing what everyone else is doing.
On the other you need to learn the basics from somewhere and it’s good to save time avoiding the worse mistakes by reading these things and learning from others.
It’s finding a balance and forging your own path, using your own style, voice that will make the difference.
With the increasing use of micro blogging I think that alot of blogs will die off slowly as people stop doing it so much, this is good for us. :o)
So should you start blogging or have started, just learn as you do and keep at it until you can at least judge it properly regarding the return on effort, whatever you decide is success with it.
Little things can make big differences, especially if you do them from the start, something as simple as adopting a better linking practice which can improve not only the reader experience but will help in long term SEO (search engine optimising) as well also actively building relevant back-links from other blogs, sites, instead of only linking out to others and writing.
Writing better post as you write more, it’s inevitable your writing will improve just as practice does with anything you persevere at. And you can write articles at least.
As yoda said : You do, or do not.