13 October 2016

Blog Envy


I try not to, I really do, but living life online can leave you very open to blog envy. As much as there are things I love writing about; books for instance; my blog is still very much infantile, I am still constantly trying to figure out what I want it to be, what I want to write about and what content I think will be interesting for anyone who stumbles across my little corner of the internet.

I think part of my problem is there is so much out there to write about. I love books, I love making things, I love cooking, I love TV and films, I love going out and I love to travel. But I cannot blog about all these things. Then there is the added pressure to get the picture right, to pick something that grabs a lot of readers. There is also a lot of competition now blogging has become fashionable.

Also as platforms like blogger become easier to use, it becomes a blessing and a curse that everyone can have a blog. Great because everyone gets a voice, not so great because suddenly something you want to blog about has probably already been done.

Just to add to my list of excuses, there is also the small matter of time. I work full time but there are also extras on my job such as courses, evening meetings, various bits and pieces that I do in my own time and whilst I know I am incredibly lucky to have my job, it doesn't leave me much time to plan, let my creative juices flow and get my camera out.

I am sorry if this reads like one long list of excuses, that is not how I meant it in any way. I guess I am just acknowledging that sometimes it is ok to fall out with blogging. It is ok to look at someone else's picture or article and not want to compete with it and it is ok to feel a little bit jealous of other people's blogs.

Because after we have acknowledged it, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, go to our own little corner of the internet and make it the best damn corner of the internet we can.

Do you ever suffer from blog envy? x

14 comments:

  1. You are 100% not alone!!! I am passionate about many topics, especially self improvement, doing good and taking positive action. When I started my blog I was so inspired to share my ideas in the hope of inspiring and engaging with others. But it is very hard - there are sooo many people already out there, it often feels like david and goliath! I think you just have to look at it from the point of view that so many people are online these days, that someone is bound to enjoy your content and want to connect with you, it's just a case of persevering. Good luck and never forget that small steps really count. If you wanted to post once a week and you're not succeeding, once a fortnight or once a month is still infinitely better than nothing :)

    Keep writing :)

    www.thelifedegree.com

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    1. Thanks! Good luck to you as well! I think that's a great idea, maybe look at it as a community instead of competition, even if someone is writing the same posts, you could learn something from a new perspective! x

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  2. You're not alone!! Honestly, I love writing about everything and narrowing it down is awful. I started off after my job ended but I do have those fears that I won't blog so often when I return to full time work. I do try to remember that I'm new and Rome is not built in a day though!

    Lisa | www.fairlyrosy.com
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    1. Exactly! I think it's just a case of not being hard on yourself. Some posts are always going to be better than others. :) x

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  3. I have suffered from blog envy many, many times! There's so much pressure nowadays to 'up your game' compared to just a couple of years ago. Everyone is blogging, and everyone is creating content, it's so difficult to write something that is unique and interesting that hasn't been done before. And then you feel like a failure when you can't dedicate your whole life to your blog like other people can. Honestly, I've learned that it doesn't measure your success as a blogger, as long as you are writing honest content that reflects who you are and what you believe in, you can't go far wrong. xxx

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    1. That's great advice! I suppose everyone that blogs would absolutely love to do it as a full time job but it's just not possible, like you said, as long as your proud of the stuff that you're putting out there, that's all you really can do :)

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  4. Girl! It is totally normal. I feel this way also, it's kind of annoying though because I just want the feeling to go away! It helps to write about it because sometimes someone might give you the feedback you needed to get your answer! Keep your head up, you aren't alone! Things that are great takes time. I'm new to blogging, but I'm winging it lol check out my blog if you ever need inspo!πŸŒΈπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
    KeepingupwithMJ.com

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    1. I will definitely be checking out your blog regularly for inspiration, there is nothing better than getting a community going and sharing ideas, that's one of my favourite things about blogging is the people you get to connect with! x

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  5. When I was reading this post I felt like you were inside my brain!! So much of this is exactly how I feel when blogging and I REGULARLY fall out with my blog - I have so many good ideas but I just can't seem to collate them into legible blog posts that are "as good" as other peoples, in my mind. When really I know that I need to just go for it and stop comparing mine to others. Much easier said than done though! If you work out the key to this - do let me know!! Lovely read - thanks for sharing! Jess xx

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    1. I am pretty sure it is normal (at least I hope it is). Most people I speak to about blogging tell me they fall out with their blog! That really is what we need to do, enjoy other people's content trying hard not to compare it to our own!

      Thanks for commenting :) xx

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  6. You literally wrote down all the things I think to myself, I'm a book blogger but if I had the chance I would love to blog about a bit of fashion too but don't want people thinking my blog's messy then there's getting the photographs right, that always seems impossible! I totally agree with you on this post!! Sarah xoxo

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    1. Exactly the same. I also find with book blogging you then have the extra pressure of finding books to read. I love it but it does seem to take up a lot more time than any other posts... and I think I'm quite a fast reader (emphasis on the quite). xx

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  7. It is hard when no one reads your posts, but then again.. It's nice to look back and see what I wrote about in 5 years time :)

    http://thisissimplyme.com

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    1. Yeah it really is, I absolutely love getting comments on my blog which is why I participate in the #TeacupClub, it's great to get some kind of feedback. But like you said, it's always lovely to go back and read things you wrote years ago and remember what you thought and how you felt. xx

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