Every blogger has reasons why they blog and views on how they perceive the blogging world. As I've written a few posts on blogging, I thought I'd share a few of my opinions on what drives me, pressure, competitiveness and all that lark (remember these are just my thoughts).
I don't see blogging as a competition - I hear a few people say that blogging seems this way but personally I've never felt that blogging is a competition for views/readers etc. I guess the only 'competition' is with myself as I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so I'm always trying to improve my design, content and photos but that's just generally the person I am - work in progress, I guess you could call it!
Dont go chasing numbers.
For me, blogging isn't about chasing subscriber numbers or views - I don't set myself goals as I find they take the enjoyment out of writing. Theres nothing wrong with setting blogging goals but in my head it adds pressure and removes the passion. I try to keep my focus on creating content.
You cant be perfect.
Going back to being work in progress, I don't think my photography or content is absolutely perfect. I believe in myself a lot more than I did at the start of my blogging journey and I'd like to think that I've made some progress along the way. For instance, I've tried to improve my photography but its not immaculate. I don't have the perfect set up but I'm ok with that and I kinda like having little flaws as its part of who I am.
Just roll with it.
I'll let you into a little secret - I still have no idea what I'm really doing when it comes to blogging. As a blogger, you're constantly learning as you go along. I feel comfortable with where I'm at with my blog right now but I'm still figuring out which direction I'm going in and I tend to go with my gut feelings, rather than creating some big master plan.
It's constantly evolving.
The blogging scene is a lot different to when I started. There are lots of wonderful opportunities out there and aspects, such as blog monetisation are becoming more of a standard. Blogging has offered me an opportunity to expand my writing and I'm starting to land freelance writing jobs as a result (hopefully there will be a post on this at some point). I don't take anything for granted but blogging can lead to other adventures.
Passion = excitement.
Being relaxed, not putting pressure on yourself and doing what you love is what makes blogging a wonderful outlet. Success means different things to different people but regardless of where you're at on your journey, you should be proud of your blog. If you're happy and passionate about what you do then you've cracked it.
This post was a little more rambly than usual but I'm always interested in how people view the blogging scene. I'm sure it probably seems a lot different to bloggers than it does to those who don't blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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