7 Ways You're Making Blogging Harder Than It Has To Be
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
1. You're always waiting for that golden nugget of a post.
I believe quality is extremely important, however I'm also realistic to know that not every post is going to be a home run. Let's be honest, coming up with really good content five days a week is hard. It just is. At some point you have to stop stressing and just write a damn post.
2. You're striving for unrealistic perfection.
The color of your photos just isn't right, or the title of your post isn't catchy enough, or the last sentence seems off... It's okay, you're probably the only one holding yourself to such high standards. Chances are your life isn't perfect, so everything you post on your post doesn't have to be either.
*disclaimer: some bloggers do have perfect lives and I acknowledge this, so in that case their photos have to be perfect. As do their children and husbands.
3. You fear the Negative Nancys.
But what if someone doesn't like your post? Or your new layout? Or new link-up idea? These negative thoughts will absolutely kill a blogger. At some point you just have to think who gives a shit? If you like it then all you can really do is move on and hope for the best. There are more than 7 billion people in this world, why would you let just a few ruin your day?
4. You're always comparing your blog to the prettier blog down the street.
Comparison takes all of the fun out of blogging. I've realized (and almost accepted) by now that there is always going to be a blog that is better looking, or has better photos, or better content than your own. I know this is easier said than done, but try to take the negative energy you feel toward a blog you envy and turn it positive. Figure out what they're doing that you admire and then decide how you can put your own spin on it.
5. You're holding some grudges.
Because someone copied you, or took your idea, or didn't invite you to their blogger bday party. Whatever it is, try to step back from it for a second and realize how silly it probably is. More times than not situations like these usually stem from a lack of a communication. It is the internet after all...
6. You're worried you need to hoard your success.
If there's one thing I've learned from some of my favorite bloggers, it's that success can be shared. Believe it or not, there's always going to be enough of it to go around. Another blogger gaining success doesn't mean that you're losing it. When you see a great idea or post that you love don't be envious you didn't write it, share it with the world and learn from it.
7. You're forgetting the fun.
When in doubt, try to remember why you started blogging in the first place. For most of us, it's because there was a passion inside- whether it be for writing, or fashion, or photography, or sharing recipes, whatever it was, we all had it. Yet over time things like stats and traffic and profit tend to throw us off course a bit, but as long as you can find that original feeling of passion, you'll also be able to find the fun again. You just have to remember to look.