Blogging is a funny old thing. On one part, its incredibly fulfilling and enjoyable. On the other hand, there is a wave of negativity that often comes seeping to the surface. I think its completely natural to feel slightly envious of others from time to time, especially if you see someone doing well for themselves and you're going through a rough patch or struggling with a confidence crisis.
As I wrote in my post 5 ways to avoid the comparison trap, its easy to feel like your content or photography isn't good enough and compare yourself to other bloggers in your genre. However, I genuinely feel there doesn't need to be the need for competitive blogging whether that's related to views, subscribers, general feelings or being supportive of each other.
In order to feel less competitive with each other, lets look at the ways you can feel good about your own blogging adventure.
1. Believe in yourself
That's often a lot easier said than done but having confidence in your content will help you to feel much more positive about your blog and less likely to compare yourself in a negative way. Try and do what you want to do - your blog is your space and you can create whatever you like!
2. There's a person behind the blog
Most bloggers/vloggers only share a small portion on their lives online - nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. You may feel envious of someones blog/looks/beautiful home but nobody has a perfect life. Sometimes people can come across very differently online and may appear confident but that's not to say they're are. I also think its very easy to come across badly on the likes of twitter and instagram when in reality it may not be the case (obviously, I'm not including those who are arses in real life).
3. Take inspiration
Be inspired by others rather than competitive. If there is a blog you're envious of, what is it that makes you feel that way? Is it the design? content? no of subscribers? How can you use that envy and turn it into something positive? Perhaps you could improve your own design and content - I'm not saying copy ideas as that wouldn't be cool but maybe you could utilise some of the blogging tips around the web and use it to your own advantage. I've been very envious of those with great photography skills but I've tried to improve my own photography so I'm happier with it - its far from perfect but building my own skills has made me more fulfilled.
4. Think about your long term goals
Do you have any long term goals in mind? are there things you can do that will make you happier in the long term with your own blog? Remember its OK to change things around - there are no rules when it comes to blogging!
5. Success means different things to different people
To some success may mean views and followers but to others it might be building content that you're proud of. It might be making friends in the community, reader relationships or gaining a career from your blog. What you deem as successful, may not be the same for everyone but don't be afraid to celebrate your personal goals or milestones. Celebrate other bloggers achievements too - I'm firm believer that positivity radiates positivity (that may sound like a cliche to some) but its surprising how letting go of negativity can make you feel much happier!
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