The Ups and Downs of Blogging

Monday, June 27, 2016


Last week I surpassed over four million views on this little blog. I celebrated in true blogger form by drinking a Starbucks in front of a brightly colored wall. With a knot in my shirt. And a smug look on my face.

I consider myself a bit of an OG blogger since I've been doing this for 7-8 years now. So really 4 mil isn't much given the fact I've been coming here since the 80s. Never the less, I took a wee bit of pride in hitting it and gave myself a few moments of self reflection to think of this site called The Daily Tay, a basic ass blog name I came up with on a whim so many years ago with two thoughts in mind: 1. I'll change it later. 2. No one will ever see it anyway.

I'm not trying to romanticize anything here, but blogging has been a game changer for me. Every morning I get to start my day with Harlow at my side and I constantly remind myself how grateful I am for this. Lunch breaks are spent at the dog park, and 3:30 breaks are spent at yet another dog park. I am so lucky I get to work from home and do my own thing. I know this whenever I think back at some of the past jobs I've had.

Of course blogging has its ups and downs, as does every job, but as long as I can keep my head on straight I get the privilege of enjoying more of the ups than the downs.

The ups include connecting with so many people online. Being able to start a t-shirt business thanks to all you that support it. Sending money to animal shelters. Having the opportunity to see and do some really cool things. Feeling like it's my job to write. And being able to pay my bills by doing something that I really enjoy. The ups go on and on.

The downs are much fewer, and are mostly all superficial and in my head. But in moments of weakness they get me. If I'm not careful, blogging can make me feel oddly insecure.  It can get so competitive and it can make me feel like a loser when I see the newbies constantly "pass me" (always on Instagram) with their beautiful fashion pics and white marble kitchen pics.

The vanity of it all sometimes gets to be a little much for me. There's often this battle in my head between me feeling like a self obsessed weirdo posting 100 photos of myself every day like, everyone look at me wearing a pretty outfit! To the other voice in my head shouting back, shut up you could be sitting in a cubicle right now instead. 

I don't know if there's a solution for the constant mind battle. So instead I try to take (and post) my bloggy photos with good humor in mind. It is what it is. And like I said before, I know how I privileged I am that I'm able to make a living doing what I do. Who am I to complain?

This blog is one of the few things in my life I have stuck with the longest. I've had several projects, ideas, sites, dreams, ext, come and go. But blogging has been a constant. And so I view The Daily Tay as successful simply because of that. Anything good that has come my way because of this site didn't happen for me over night. I've put in the time and in a way it makes the payout that much sweeter. When I think about what makes blogging different from the other stuff I've started and quit, the only thing I can come up with is that I started this hobby solely out of passion. I never had any inclination I would make money doing it, or that it would turn into my job someday. I did it because it's what I've always done. From my first Lisa Frank diary in preschool to my journal entries on my yellow Dell in college.

It never really bothers me when people like to say blogging is dying (which I heard seven years ago when I first started by the way) because I know I'll keep doing this regardless. The way I do it may change down the road, but I'll always keep writing. It's just what I do.

To each and every one of you, thank you for contributing to those four million views. It makes me and my ego feel especially nice today! Now if four million of you could just go like my Instagram photo I would be filled with enough self validation to last me until at least tomorrow. Thanks in advance!

23 comments:

  1. Congrats! What an accomplishment. I often feel like blogging is dying, too, but...who cares. I'll always have the desire to write & as long as I have a forum to do that I'm gonna keep keepin' on :)

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  2. Go you! I just hit 50,000 views not that long ago and that makes me feel good so there's that. LOL. I also am in fact reading this from my cubicle right now, so.

    No but really, you put a lot of work into this and you deserve everything you worked so hard for. Happy for you!

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  3. I'm so happy for you! Your blog has been an inspiration to me and I hope I can get four million views some day. I've been doing mine for four years now and I feel like I am so far behind. It's tough working in the media 50 hours a week but I enjoy doing it so I'll keep posting with the hopes I can make some money off of it!

    -A
    www.theaveragegirlchronicles.com

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  4. that's so awesome - well done! i appreciate you saying that everything that comes from your blogging is a direct result of the hard work you put into it. cheers to that!

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  5. Congrats! That's so neat! Blogging definitely has ups and downs - it's amazing how one day you are like yea this is awesome, and then next it's like insecurity city. So glad you have stuck with it and made it work for you!

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  6. Congrats! 4 mil is definitely something to celebrate! Thank you for being so honest about the ups & downs.

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  7. Congratulations! 4 million views is huge and you deserve to celebrate that! As for the ups and downs of blogging, I totally feel you there. Those insecurities and comparisons are why I ended up taking a year long blogging break & only just recently came back to it. I love writing and connecting, but it's a struggle to remember that and not worry about what others are doing and how successful they are. But I think that as long as we stay true to ourselves, we're already successful.

    Jamie
    TheCaffeinatedJamie.blogspot.com

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  8. Congratulations! 4 million views is huge and you deserve to celebrate that! As for the ups and downs of blogging, I totally feel you there. Those insecurities and comparisons are why I ended up taking a year long blogging break & only just recently came back to it. I love writing and connecting, but it's a struggle to remember that and not worry about what others are doing and how successful they are. But I think that as long as we stay true to ourselves, we're already successful.

    Jamie
    TheCaffeinatedJamie.blogspot.com

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  9. Yay for 4mil! And I hear you on being "old" in the blogging world - I started in 2011, though my current blog I've only had for a little over a year, and I feel like I've been in "the game" for the longest time. Now it seems like EVERYONE has a blog, too! It's awesome that you get to hang out with your pup so much because of blogging, though. Can you imagine what his life would be like if you couldn't?? (Boring.)

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  10. Congrats on the milestone! You celebrated perfectly and I'm sure that's a pic that would get some serious likes. I have blogging moments of weakness too but our spaces are all what we make of it. That's awesome this has been a place for you to generate some income, for now, I'm stuck in my cubicle. Well not really, I have an office, that has to count for something ;) Beautifully Candid

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  11. Wow, that is an accomplishment! Good for you! Keep on rockin' this lil blog space, girlie! :)

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  12. I feel like the people who say blogging is dying are trying to wish it dead so that they can do something else. It's obviously not going anywhere since people are STILL starting new blogs every day.

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  13. 4 Million views is bloody marvellous just so you know which I am sure you do know and yeah blogging has ups and downs as does pretty much everything in life.

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  14. I live reading your blog because you seem real, like a person I could hang out and drink with or get coffee with(without sounding creepy, ha). Some of the blogs I read I like reading them but don't feel we would get along in real life. Keep on blogging!

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  15. YOU GO GIRL! THIS IS FUCKING AWESOME! I threw an f-bomb in there just for good measure. I was at a blogging conference last week (judge away) and I thought man...this is my life. So while I'm certainly not as cool as you with the 4 mil, I also feel pretty #blessed. (congrats again -- I think you rock!)

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  16. Wow 4 mil?!?! That's incredible but not surprising because your content is fantastic. Congrats!!

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