I promised myself that this year I would be more intentional with my blogging. I promised myself I would write more and that I would spend time focusing on the positive, more important aspects and not so much on the sponsored content side — and you know what? I think I am starting to do that. It has taken me a few things to realize this, so I thought I would share them with you today. You tell me in the comments which one you resonate with the most.
I have been blogging since about 2007. While I started blogging as just a hobby, between 2007 and 2010 I turned it into a full-time business, and now — this is how I make my living.
Some days are rough and I hate blogging. It's the long work days, 8-10+ hours of staring at the computer, trying hard to get my work out there so others can see it, hoping that other brands see my work and want to connect with me as well.
It can be a very long drawn out process. BUT
There are a few things I have learned in just the last few months that have really opened my eyes to this blogging business that I have created. They have given me room to breathe, where before, I did not feel like I had that room. Which one of the following do you feel like describes you more?
Things I am Learning About Myself and Blogging
1. I don't have to post every single day
This one is the BIGGEST realization for me. My blog is NOT going to fall apart and my numbers are not going to plummet if I don't post every single day. IN fact, I have found that the posts I have been writing lately are coming easier now that I am not trying to make myself post every day. When there are days with nothing going up, I am okay with that.
You have NO clue how freeing that is.
2. Having real conversations is what it is really all about
One of my online friends wrote a post about unfollowing a lot of people on Twitter because she was SO tired of all the link dropping and missed the real conversations that they used to have. That really struck home with me. I miss it too! But — honestly, I was afraid that if I started unfollowing people, they would do the same too. But you know what? That is totally OKAY! That just means all the follow for follow people will leave your feeds and you can start having real meaningful conversations again, which is how you really grow your following on social media.
3. It's not okay to compare yourself to everyone else
This is something that I am really learning right now. I am tired of trying to be the next big blogger, when honestly — I just want to be me. I LIKE me — the me that God created me, so I am trying really hard to stop comparing myself to every other blogger out there. Yes — my food photos will never be magazine worthy, but they will be good enough for my readers to drool over. Who cares if I never visit Disney while some bloggers have been 20 times in one year?
The best thing I can do for me is to just be the me that I am and do my best to rock this life, right?
4. If I don't get chosen for a press trip, it doesn't mean my work is not valuable
This one has been a big revelation to me this year. I get upset if I get contacted to go on a press trip and then turned down because I am just not big enough yet. I'm learning that this is okay. My work might not be up to their standards yet, but it is valuable, and I have a lot of worth to offer to someone.
5. Write What I Feel
Keeping my personal life private is just not who I am. I love being transparent online and sharing my struggles. It's how I help others relate to their own personal struggles and it allows me the chance to show them that — yes — you might be going through something, but you will overcome and get out of it.
These are just a few things that I am learning right now and I am proud that I am beginning to be okay with who I am as a blogger.
What about you? What things make you love blogging?