When people think of blogging they think of pretty flatlays, gorgeous photoshoots, incredible blogger mail and fancy events with lots of freebies. At least that’s what I thought for a very long time. Which is probably why my first attempt at blogging failed miserably after a month. I didn’t have any knowledge on how to blog and what it takes to become visible online.
I’m not going to make any new discoveries by saying that blogging is a lot of hard work.
Long gone are the days when people could treat their blogs like personal diaries where they scribble something every now and then and add a photo of themselves taken using a flip phone. And magically people would stumble across that online diary to read it.
I have been sitting in my bed for the past four days trying to find the motivation to write a new blog post. Frankly speaking, I have been looking for that motivation for the past 2 weeks. I didn’t feel like I could produce the content I wanted or what I wanted to write about in the first place. Let alone take photos for it. Why? Because I don’t feel good enough when I compare myself to other people in the online world.
Wherever you look online you get to see amazing content written with wit, humour and a dose of sarcasm which I love so much. Completed with perfect shots of whatever is currently popular amongst people, it makes for a great read. Especially if it’s relatable and makes me nod my head in understanding and relief that I’m not the only one doing this.
As much as I love reading other bloggers’ posts, it makes me feel a bit ‘meh‘ when I look at my blog. Because my photos aren’t as good. Because I can’t afford the latest makeup, write monthly favourites posts or recommend many things simply because ‘hey why would anyone listen to me in the first place?‘ Because of that I sometimes don’t even want to bother with it.
The pressure for perfection in the blogging community has been killing my creativity.
And, if you’re a little bit like me, it’s come upon you as well.
We all want our blogs to be successful, be contacted by different brands to promote their products and just write, write and write because that’s what we like to do. Everyone likes it when their numbers go up making it possible to hit their monthly/yearly goals, therefore completing the cycle and making brands more likely to put bloggers on their PR lists. But what happens when we run low on these numbers? Usually, at least for me, the motivation to produce any content drops equally as low. Suddenly a ton of excuses appear in my head:
Why do I bother if no one wants to read it?
Ahhhh it’s too dark to take any photos.
Hmmm… maybe I’ll feel better tomorrow.
I don’t have any good ideas, I’ll just wait.
I mean… I deserve a rest every now and then right?
Some people call it a writer’s block. But sometimes, even though I have the ideas, I just don’t feel like they are good enough to write down.
It can be tricky to overcome this thread of thoughts, but it’s not impossible.
It’s difficult not to compare your blog to other, sometimes more successful, blogs. But guess what? There is no one else like you. It may sound like a cliche but it’s so true. It’s your point of view on life, it’s your opinions and what matters the most – it’s your blog. And it’s meant to be what you want it to be. Why? The most successful bloggers in this world made it to the top not because they were true to themselves. They owned it, worked very hard and it so happened that people liked it.
Remember why you started your blog in the first place.
Work hard. Write what you want to write about. Be happy with what you produce. Have a blogging schedule or don’t have it at all. Stick to one niche or write about everything and anything. And most importantly be yourself. There is only one you. And sure, a lot of topics have been already talked about, but every day I come across posts about things I didn’t even think of! The blogging universe may be packed and full of creative and talented people, but, like our very own universe, it is constantly expanding and is very welcoming towards new bloggers.
And don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Creativity can flourish and blossom the most when it’s not forced.
I wish you all the best and am looking forward to reading everything you post.
Until next time xx
How do you deal with the pressure for perfectionism not only in the blogging community but also in everyday life?
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