Blogging Is Not A Competition.

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I think this post has been brewing up inside me for a good while now. I've spoken before about the negatives of blogging but I think for this post, I need to focus on the positives. There is always going to be somebody out there who is better than you, bigger than you and more successful. Does that make you any less successful? Absolutely not. When it comes to blogging, I feel I have come a long way since last February. Blogging has turned into a hobby that I devote a lot of my spare time to and that is purely because I love it, it gives me confidence and I feel like I am finally good at something I enjoy. I've never been one for hobbies except for reading, so I feel very happy that I've stuck to blogging for so long and I have no plans to stop for a long time - I wonder if when we're all OAP's, whether we'll still be talking about the latest lipsticks?! It certainly wouldn't surprise me!
 
With this in mind, why do I sometimes find myself feeling fed up with my blog and as if I'm not good enough. We are all good enough. It doesn't matter how many followers you have, whether your pictures aren't quite up to your own standards yet (will they ever be?!) - you are who you are, so be proud of it. A good few times I have felt down about my blog and wished I could be more 'successful' - I hope you know I'm just trying to be honest and not trying to tell anyone how to feel. Success is different to everybody. Just because someone has more comments, more posts, more followers on Instagram - why does that mean they are more successful than you? It doesn't. As you know, blogging takes up a lot of time, taking the photos, reviewing products, writing the post and then promoting - it's not exactly a quick fix but we do it because we love it. When I started blogging, I didn't expect more than five people to even stumble upon it unexpectedly before clicking off in a rush. Without bragging, I do feel I have come far, I have had some lovely opportunities and it is so good to meet and chat to other bloggers who have the same interests as me.
 
 
So, in a nutshell, I just wanted to remind myself and you that we are successful in our own ways. We don't have to be raking in the cash from our blogs or always sitting at the top page of the Bloglovin popular posts - each new post you publish is a success. I hope I don't sound completely soppy, although I have a feeling I might have done just that! I am also taking a pledge to stop taking blogging so seriously. It is my favourite hobby of all time and I feel so pleased each time I get a new comment on a post, so I am only focusing on the positives. I certainly didn't start blogging to be comparing myself to other blogs - I started because I love writing and I love beauty products. If you've made it to the end, thank you, I'll be quiet now!
 
Do you ever find yourself comparing your blog? x
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  1. Such a great post. I'm pretty sure every blogger has those moments of self-doubt, I sure do! It's hard not to be a bit harsh on yourself sometimes when you can see that there are others doing so well. It's important to remember that what you put in to your blog is what makes it unique. You hit the nail on the head that it isn't a competition or a race for followers. Just make the most of what you have and enjoy it as much as possible xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive.

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  2. This is all so true. I participated in a lifestyle bloggers chat a few days ago and the theme was 'blogging routine'. It turns out a lot of people worry about the frequency with which they post, and I am one of those people. There is so much pressure to post as often as the bloggers around you! It all turns sour if you take blogging as a chore. It started out as a hobby (for most), and if we want to continue that, then it has to stay a hobby. I think we are all constantly comparing ourselves in the blogosphere, just as we do in every day life. It's a habit we need to change. Really enjoyed this "soppy" but meaningful post. Rosemary x

    rosemaryofelephants.blogspot.com

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  3. Sometimes I look at a blog and compare their design to mine. But then I remember how much I loved it when I was having it designed. It's difficult, esp when you see others getting followers like crazy. But I try not to dwell on them because I'll just get depressed about it. I always remind myself, this is a hobby, not a competition.

    Arianne

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  4. this post is just what I needed :) great message!

    emily xx

    emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. So true all of it, though when you are on a downer it is hard not to compare yourself to others x

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  6. It really is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself with other bloggers and putting yourself down because of it. I know I do!!

    Lauren xx

    bylaurenjane

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  7. Love this post - I've discussed this topic in several of my previous posts and it will forever be an issue for us all in some shape or form. As long as you're proud of your blog, then you're successful in my books!

    Heather | porcelainbeautyx

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  8. Great Post and so true but it is hard to not compare ones blog to others. I had been reading a few blogs and thought I should put out posts for fun as well, for now its just a little thing I do on weekends mostly to just write about all the things I can't really talk about with friends without annoying them after a while. Its my way of letting it out. Im happy the way things are going and hope to have more friends here in the community that I can go back and forth with about our common interest. I wish everyone blogging a feeling of self satisfaction with their blog and what ever level of success is accomplished. Remember its about doing what you like more than the following.

    -Alejandra

    www.exquisiteglow.blogspot.com

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  9. You're such an inspiration :) I agree with you, we shouldn't stress ourselves out because of the number of readers or followers we have. We, as bloggers, have to stop comparing ourselves to other bloggers because it won't make us be better, instead we need to learn from them, communicate and share experiences together. That way, we'll make a bigger community that will be able to help each other as a team.

    xo
    www.colorsinmybubble.blogspot.com

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  10. I couldn't agree more! Each blog is special in its own right and it doesn't matter about numbers or comments. The fact that one person takes the time to read it should mean enough :) what an inspirational post xx

    jesstastics.com

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  11. I completely agree with you! It's easy to get caught up in all the 'competition', but at the end of the day, you created this space of yours because of YOU. Let's not compare ourselves and feel sad, instead, be happy about other's succes :) And your own succes too, obviously. xx

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