going at your own pace

 

Blogging comes with it’s own unique set of challenges. I knew this coming into it, but knowing and experiencing are two entirely different things. Sometimes it can feel like everyone is at least two steps ahead of you, and you’re grasping at straws just trying to keep up. But, where is it written that we all have to be synchronized? Being a new blogger, I’ll admit that I myself have felt a little behind the curb at times. It can be a little disheartening to see others receiving so many opportunities, when you’re struggling just to get views and proper engagement. Would it be amazing to wake up and suddenly have a ton of followers, and an inbox full of offers? Uh, yeah. But, everyone has to start somewhere. The fact that you can walk outside, throw a rock and probably hit at least ten bloggers doesn’t make getting noticed the easiest thing in the world. The blogging community is vast, and constantly growing. Nearly everyone has access to a computer, and anyone can start a blog. I’ve already learned that you have to be prepared for both the good, and the bad days when blogging.

So, how exactly does one stand out? That question bounced around in my head so much in the beginning, and still does occasionally. What type of content is going to make someone want to follow me, when countless others can offer them the same? What can I do to develop a strong and consistent audience? Am I just another blog in the bunch hoping for a chance to shine in an already dense field? But then, I realized that the one thing that I can offer on my blog that no one else can, is me. No one else shares my exact thoughts, ideas, or feelings. That’s exactly why the blogging community has become so massive! Though we may review the same products, it’s all wrapped in a different bow each time. We can look at the exact same things, but all see and feel something totally different. That’s what makes each blog so incredibly unique, and what makes each review of the same products so diverse. When I view someone else’s blog it’s like getting a fresh take on something, an entirely new perspective.

 

 

There is no rule that states if you don’t have x amount of followers within a certain time-frame, then you’re a failure. It can be frustrating to feel as if your numbers are headed in the wrong direction, or not moving at all. Falling prey to the ole’ follow/un-follow game is never fun, but it happens. I try and focus less on the numbers, and more on the actual content. At the end of the day, the amount of followers I have is way beyond my control. I can’t (nor’ would I want to) force someone to follow me. All I can do is put my best foot forward, and produce content that I’m proud of! Consistency is key, but so is substance in my book. I’m a firm believer in not putting up content just for the sake of posting. Quality outweighs quantity, every single time. It can even feel like you’re putting in so much work, for very little reward. But, everything needs time to flourish. I’m still fairly new to it all, but I refuse to allow poor engagement and fewer likes to make me feel any less proud of what I create. It’s so important to remember that we all progress at our own rate. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged, but you have to maintain your pace. Discover and develop the methods that work best for you and your brand. What may work for someone else, may not work for you.  I believe that everyone has a different path to success, and that no two paths are exactly alike. If the inspiration isn’t there, step away. Allow that creativity, and passion to come back. Always remember what made you start on this journey in the first place. Set your pace, and don’t stop until you’ve reached your goals!

 

What are some of your blogging tips/advice? I’d love to hear what methods have worked and are working for ya’ll!

 I believe in building up those around you, not tearing them down. There is more than enough room within the blogging community for us all to be successful. I thought this post was important because as a new blogger myself, and from seeing comments of fellow bloggers – one thing stood out… sometimes we all need a little boost or pep talk. It can feel like you’re getting nowhere, but give it time. You’ve got this!

 

Until next time,

Anjhanee ♡

 

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  1. August 6, 2018 / 9:29 am

    This is very relatable! I definitely wondered for a long time about the point of my blog when there are already so many out there! Eventually I reached the same conclusion as you did, that what’s special is me, because we all have different perspectives and different things to tell. Enjoyed reading this, thank you!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 6:49 am

      Absolutely! So glad that you enjoyed the post! Thank you so much for showing some love! 😊

  2. July 27, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Great post! Some times it is so hard not to compare yourself so this pep talk is fab! Quality is always better than quantity

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much! It really is, but it only stops you from reaching your full potential by comparing yourself to others. Thank you so much for showing some love! 😊

  3. July 27, 2018 / 10:27 am

    I really needed the reminder that quality outweighs quantity! Great post x

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you so much for showing some love! 💛

  4. letsgettripsy
    July 22, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    I love this post and it is so true! Even though there are MANY genres out there with many bloggers – no one is you or me, we have our own thoughts that no one else will be able to put into the world like we will! Be kind, support other bloggers and just do your best work – that is how I intend to be successful! xx

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 24, 2018 / 10:39 am

      Absolutely agree with your tips to success! Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

  5. July 21, 2018 / 5:11 am

    I absolutely love this post girl!! And the fact you used a panic at the disco quote makes me love it even more!! Xo

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you so much! Love Panic At The Disco. Thank you for showing some love! 😊

  6. July 20, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    I totally needed that pep talk! I often think that I don’t know what the heck I’m doing, but I move forward anyways.

  7. July 20, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    I completely understand.. It’s hard to go at your own pace when you feel like everything and everyone is passing you by.. Thanks for reminding us that we can take our time and not feel bad about it💞

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 11:19 am

      We all need a little reminder every now and then! Thank you for showing some love! 💛

  8. July 20, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    I think the basic rule of thumb is write with the heart and people will follow? Just enjoy and love what you’re doing that shines in your work. You’re obviously loving it!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 11:18 am

      Ah, thank you so much! I totally agree. I could never write about something that I’m not passionate about. Thank you for showing some love! 💛😊

  9. July 20, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I love this post and totally agree that quality outweighs quantity every time! There’s no way I’m following someone who always posts but has rubbish content because they don’t spend enough time on it! I think it’s also so easy to look at the people who you class as better and not how other people might see you! Very interesting topic!
    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Totally agree! I always appreciate quality, and the effort that went into it. Thank you so much for stopping by and showing some love. 💛☺️

  10. BethRebecca
    July 20, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    All of this is so true! When I first started and even now sometimes, I feel like I need to do everything and be successful straight away and I put too much pressure on myself so you’re so right about going at your own pace and just enjoying it!

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Sometimes it can be so hard to feel like you’re doing something wrong, because it seems like no one is interested! I still have those moments too, but we just gotta’ be persistent and patient. Thank you so much for stopping by, and showing some love! 😊

  11. July 20, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    This is such a positive & inspirational post! It’s so true that we all grow at our own pace. Patience and persistence is what works in the blogging world, keep up the great work girl 💖 Also, loving the Panic At The Disco lyric 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  12. July 19, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Really great post! Very inspiring for new bloggers!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:35 am

      Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

  13. July 19, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    This is so true, thanks for sharing! I’m a new blogger too and I completely feel you! It is hard sometimes but when I get discouraged I think about the reason I started in the first place, and it motivates me. My blog was started to inspire teen girls, and I believe if I can help just ONE, it’s TOTALLY worth it, and I stand by that even when low views and followers are disheartening. When we compare our reach to others it’s easy to feel like we’re not effective even when we are. Of course learning new marketing strategies and SEO doesn’t hurt either, but your post is definitely an inspiration to all us newcomers to the blogging world.

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 20, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Omg, thank you so much! We all need a little boost from time to time. Thank you for showing some love. (:

  14. July 19, 2018 / 3:15 am

    Love this post! It’s hard not to compare yourself to others at times but it’s definitely better to do things as you want.

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Thank you so much! It can be difficult at times, but comparing yourself to others only limits your personal growth. Thank you for showing some love. (:

  15. betterthangoodenough123
    July 18, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    Anjhanee, what a great post. And you are so right – you have you to offer – and nobody else does! I hope you keep writing because I enjoy reading your posts so much.
    One blogging tip I would like to share is that I recently discovered the value of an SEO plug-in. It sounds super technical but it’s not at all. Once you load the plug-in it helps you “optimize” your blog post so that it will be easier to find by search engines – which means more people who are looking for what you have to say will find your post. I had no idea how helpful it would be an I wish I had activated it months ago when I first starting blogging!
    Joan Senio
    kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com
    @joansenio1

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:01 am

      Omg, thank you so much! That means a lot. I’ve heard about SEO, but I haven’t dealt with it myself. Definitely going to look more into it. Thank you for sharing, and showing some love! (:

  16. July 18, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Your positive nature is so contagious! I agree the only competition you have is yourself and you should never compare yourself to others because everyone is on different levels.

    My first blogging tip is to not complain about what you don’t have and appreciate everything you’ve gained. If you publish a post and only have 5 views, just know that you reached 5 people, every bit counts. Once your mind is adjusted to making the most of your journey and appreciating the small things, you’re prepping yourself for the greater things to come.

    My second blogging tip is to engage with other blogs. Showing genuine support for others feels good. Don’t do it to get likes/follows/views but do it because you’re enjoying your journey and you want to send positive energy to the next person.

    Lovely one Anjhanee 😊

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:05 am

      Ahh, thank you so much! I definitely agree with your tips! It’s not just about numbers, it’s about people. Having genuine support makes all the difference. Thank you for showing love. (:

  17. July 18, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Great post! I think it’s such an important thing to remember that we all have different strengths and pace indeed. Thanks for the positive words! I hope you’ll reach all your goals ahead of you! 🙂

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! You’re more than welcome. I hope you reach all of your goals as well! Thank you for showing some love. (:

  18. July 18, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I’m currently in this state now. I know I put out quality content, but it’s hard getting people to subscribe. Or when I subscribe to others they don’t reciprocate. BUT I stand behind my content, and always move at my own pace! Thank you for sharing!!

    • simplyanjhanee
      Author
      July 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

      Tell me about it! What’s worse is when someone follows you, and then as soon as you follow back – they un-follow you. Like what?! Thank you so much for showing some love! (:

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