One thing I’ve always found hard when it comes to blogging is that I find myself constantly comparing myself to others, why isn’t my blog as good as ‘X’ or why don’t I have as many followers as ‘Y’ – it’s something that got to me for so long but then I learnt to accept my blog and love it for what it is. I still catch myself occasionally comparing myself to others but I have to remind myself of the achievements I’ve made for myself and that I should be proud of my blog in my own right.
When I started out blogging I never imaged that it would evolve to what it is now – not that I consider my blog to be ‘big’ by any means but I’m always so proud of what I’ve achieved, I often walk past shops of amazing high street brands or beauty stores and think ‘wow, I actually work with that brand’ and it still blows my mind every time! I thought I’d put together a post on how I’ve learnt over the years to love my blog for what it is and to stop comparing myself to others once and for all…
1.) Be proud of what you’ve achieved: As I mentioned above sometimes it is hard to focus on what you’ve achieved when you see other bloggers around you doing extremely well, doing book signings or raking money in for campaign work. I’ve talked about successful blogging before on my blog and defined that it’s what success means to you, make a list of everything you’ve achieved on your blog – from your favourite beauty brand that you now work with, to the social media followers you’ve gained, the award you won or the goal you set yourself and smashed last year.
No matter how big or small your achievement, note it down and really look back at everything you’ve done, and be so bloody proud of yourself for making it this far, and if you’re a new blogger don’t be disheartened as there’s so many amazing things in store for you, I promise!
2.) Set goals to improve: If you’re looking to improve your blog then why not jot down a few goals, that way you can look back at what you’ve achieved and be extremely proud but then also look forward and be excited about what you hope to achieve in the future. Blogging is such an exciting world at the moment as it’s so fast paced, non of us really know where it’s going so just enjoy the ride!
3.) Accepting that you are ‘you’: Learn that your blog represents you and although your pictures may not be as good as ‘X’ or you may not have as many followers as ‘Y’ look at all the amazing people that do read and follow your blog and be proud that they do so because they love reading the content you produce. The sooner you accept your individuality the quicker you’ll be able to let your productivity and creativeness flow to create your own content.
4.) Know your niche: Really look back at your blog and study what posts where popular, I always make a list of my popular posts so I know to produce more of that content. Give your readers what they are looking for and start to discover where your niche in blogging lies. We are all individual in our own way, find your path and allow yourself to shine!
Do you find yourself comparing your blogs to others? How do you learn to love your blog?