5 Ways To Avoid The Comparison Trap


As far as blogging goes, its completely natural to compare yourself to others. I regularly fall into the trap of thinking my content and photography isn't good enough and my mind goes through a mixture of 'someone is going to realise I have no idea what I'm doing' or 'my blog is rubbish compared to X blog'. When that happens, there are a few motions I put into place to try and build my blogging confidence back up again and these tips may help you if you're in a comparison trap.

1. Remember why you started
Ask yourself why you created your blog? what inspired you? what was your focus? What were your passions? Reflecting on the reasons why you started your blog can help to give you focus and help you to review your blogging journey so far. 

2. Focus on your personal goals
Setting yourself personal goals can help your blog to grow and keep you inspired on your blogging journey. Creating realistic goals can assist with maintaining your production levels - something I find helps overcome self doubt. I find my confidence starts to wain when I'm in a blogging slump. Consider setting micro-goals as these are more attainable. What direction do you want your blog to go in? what improvements can you make to help you reach your goals? Review your progress regularly. I've written more on blogging goals here, including a free download to help you. 

3. Discover and nurture your strengths
Identifying your strengths as a blog helps you to use them to your advantage. What are you good at? What content do your readers enjoy? Analysing your stats and reader interaction can help with this. Are reviews your strong point? Do you have amazing photography skills? How can you use your strengths to build your content. For example, if you have an eye for photography, make sure your blog pictures are enlarged to really capture the readers attention. 

4. Stay influenced by your own ideas
Every blogger has influences but trusting your own ideas will help to build your confidence. Dont be afraid to try new things once in a while, even if its something outside the box. Doing what you love instead of doing what you think you should is also a great confidence booster. If you're really struggling for ideas though, have a look at this post on generating blog content.

5. Other people often feel the same
I'm sure the majority of bloggers have fallen into the comparison trap at least once. Even a blogger who greatly inspires you will more than likely have felt the same at some point. Even those with thousands and thousands of subscribers will have suffered with self doubt. Remember its not all fairy lights, white walls and pretty homewares behind the scenes. 


How do you get out of a confidence crisis?


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32 comments

  1. i often fall into the comparision trap, and that's when i find myself trying to create my best content. then i realize i need to take a break and refresh my thoughts.

    brooke | brooke elise beauty

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  2. You've got this all spot on! It's so easy to compare yourself to others x

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  3. this is great! definitely need to remember why i started when i get days like this!

    Aine Oh

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  4. Such a helpful post , struggle with this sometimes and this brought me back ! Thank you

    My blog vvv

    www.francescaeleanor.blogsot.com

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  5. I found your blog today and I am really enjoying it! Great content!

    Ivy xx
    www.ivyrode.co.uk

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this, you have very encouraging yet realistic advice which is what everyone needs! It can be so easy to compare yourself to others especially with blogging, but this is very inspiring :)

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  7. Such a good post, and its something I really struggle with. Lets hope I can practice what this post preaches!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  8. Thanks for the tips! I have been feeling really down about my blog, I even changed my entire design >.< However, it is really cute ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  9. I totally agree. I have also been finding recently a few blogs photography looks exactly the same! There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that. But initially on Bloglovin’ I thought it was someone else's blog!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. I've been guilty of that but I've realised its best to just do your own thing :)

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  10. I agree with this post so much! I definitely find that I compare my blog to others and it really helps to remember that I've already come a long way so far and why I started my blog in the first place. It's easy to get swept along in the blogging world but it's best to stay true to yourself and your blog- what works for one blog may not work for yours and vice versa! :)

    www.cakeydreamer.co.uk

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  11. Really helpful tips! It is so important to be original and to let your personality show and to not be afraid to be different or try new things!
    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

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  12. This is great :)

    Kirsty | www.kirsty.ws

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  13. I'm ALWAYS comparing my blog to others, which can make me feel really rubbish. I've actually written a free mini eBook about battling through comparison it is, which was fun!
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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    1. Thanks Beth, I'll have a look a your book :)

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  14. This is so true, I was writing about this the other day, I think that we all feel like this sometimes! it's good to know that other people out there feel the same! I think that number 2 and 5 are the two that keep me going. No matter how similar some of us are, no one has my exact goals, and so no ones 'perfect' will be my 'perfect' ...if that is even attainable!n Also it is easy to think that you are the only one who fills this way!

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    1. so many people feel the same sometimes :)

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  15. These were so lovely to read, I do always compare myself to others but one of my New Years resolutions was to stop doing so and this post helped me.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  16. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my latest March favourites post!
    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love 

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