Blogging Is Not A Competition

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?

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