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,