Blogging 101: Don't Compare
When I first started blogging back in 2011, I was a new blogger and looking for ideas on what I wanted my blog to be. Should it be a lifestyle blog? Style blog? Inspiration blog? Looking at the other blogs on my blog reader at the time, it was pretty hard not to look at their already established blogs and sigh. I was just starting out and it seemed like they were blogging moguls! Comparing my little place on the web to another blog really lowered my energy level a bit, and while I didn't realize it at the time -- hindered my work. Whenever I had a new post, in the back of mind I always thought "this has already been covered, why even try?" So basically, that day went without a post.
It won't help to look at that blog and come back to yours feeling down and uninspired, defeated looking at your own. Negative thoughts only bring you down! I know it's hard not to look at the next blogger and think that she has more comments than you do, takes better pictures, or has a more "camera-ready home" than you do. But keep in mind, those bloggers you admire just didn't make it big overnight. It took work, determination, and lots of time! Take it easy on yourself and let it go. Be creative and think of something even better for your blog! Friendly competition is never a bad thing.
How can this common dilemma of comparison be fixed? Don't dwell on the what-ifs, or whys. Your blog is special and one-of-a-kind - not like any other. Trust me, it will grow and you'll find your blogging niche! So instead of comparing, focus on making your blog better.
Now don't compare - it's just not fair.
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