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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