I regularly see so many people, bloggers in particular, putting themselves down. I see them comparing themselves to others, saying they feel they’re not getting anywhere, their blog isn’t growing as quickly as they had hoped and they feel like they’re never going to get their blog to the place they would like it to be.
This makes me so sad.
There are so many blogs out there now and so many of them have such big numbers of followers, people commenting on each post and so on. It can be all too easy to see someone have thousands of loyal followers and wonder where we are going wrong.
But the truth of the matter is, we often don’t know the full backgrounds of these bloggers. Some of them have been blogging tirelessly for years and years, putting in hard work day in, day out. Of course we’re not going to have the same numbers of loyal fans as they do. There are many who have a background that is going to help them to get off to a seriously good start at setting up their own blog, whether they are a qualified photographer, someone who works in PR or maybe they have been writing a blog for their workplace for several years. There are many claims that some social media accounts with a large following have paid for fake followers. You never know the full story behind anyone else’s blog/website/business, so don’t be put off by what you see others achieving.
We need to start having a creative mindset rather than a competitive one. I truly believe there is a place for everyone when it comes to blogging. I’ve heard so many people say the blogosphere is saturated. And I guess it kinda is. But to be honest, who cares? Blogging is one of so many areas where I personally think the more there are, the better.
I started reading one blog a few years ago that I adored, but did I stop at reading just that one? No. I went out in search of more. When I saw how much I enjoyed reading blogs, I wanted to find more and more to follow. I’m still always on the lookout for more great blogs to read and more Youtube videos to watch. There are so many people writing about the things that I’m passionate about in so many different ways and with so many new and fresh ideas that provide me with more inspiration and new ways of thinking.
When you find something you adore, keep at it and don’t give up just because other people are more successful than you currently are. There’s always going to be someone who is more successful than you at pretty much everything, but does that mean you should decide to quit?
Just imagine if every single other blogger out there looked at Zoella and decided they can’t compete with her, so why bother? There would be a ridiculously huge number of bloggers who are now very successful in their own right, many of whom have now turned it into their full-time job, people who have gathered thousands and thousands of loyal followers who would have given it all up before they found success. All because someone else has achieved more than them.
When I sit down at my laptop or my notebook and start writing, the words just flow. I feel so inspired, so in love with writing and so passionate about my blog. My blog is still relatively new and I don’t have a huge number of followers anywhere yet, but my numbers keep steadily rising, and that’s honestly all that counts. When you start comparing yourself with everyone else, you start losing the passion and the love for blogging.
If blogging is something you adore and you feel a burning desire to share your ideas/tips/advice with the world, don’t get disheartened when everyone around you seems to be doing better than you. Use your favourite bloggers as inspiration – they are proof that you can achieve what you want to achieve. It’s so important that you follow your dreams and put out into the blogosphere that something special that you have to offer.
Forget being competitive. You don’t need to be. You don’t need to worry about what everyone else is doing. Just focus on yourself and enjoy every moment.