Whether you’re new to the blogging world or you’ve been at this awhile, at some point you’ll probably find yourself having to deal with blogger comparison. We have bloggers from all walks of life showing us their best stuff, telling us what we should be doing, and even posting regular income reports for the world to see how well (or not) they’re doing.
Sometimes we’re the ones doing the comparing (Okay let’s face it, most of the time!) and other times we feel that other bloggers are in a sense comparing themselves to us when they share their knowledge and success.
So how do you deal with blogger comparison?
When other bloggers are telling you that you should be doing this or that, do you think to yourself, “Just who the heck are THEY to tell ME what I should be doing?! It’s so easy to take offense and to think that Miss Know-It-All should just stop telling everyone else what they should be doing and focus on her own blog!
Use it to Fuel You
But this is the thing with taking offense…it never gets you anywhere but unhappy. Suppose Miss-Know-It-All really does know a thing or two…you might gain a little knowledge yourself by listening to her advice. And if she doesn’t, then as Frozen says (I know that’s getting old but come on people, I have three girls!) just ‘Let It Go!’ If her know-how isn’t applicable in your situation, then move on and find information that is.
Let it Discourage You
I have to be honest here…some days I start off my day very positive and totally content with my little (tiny, minuscule) place in the blogging world. Then BAM, I see an income report of a super-mega blogger who’s earning $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000 a month…and I want to scream! I know they do it to encourage other bloggers (even though let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to brag a little at achieving that level of success? Especially in blogging!) but sometimes I think it has the opposite effect.
When your blog traffic is still primarily consisting of your best friend, neighbor, sister, and mother, it can be discouraging to see the success of another. Particularly when they’ve been blogging the same amount of time as you (or less even!). I’ve found myself thinking more than once, “What in the heck am I doing wrong?” and feeling like maybe I should throw in the towel since I’m nowhere near that level of accomplishment.
Allow it to Encourage You
Seeing another blogger’s achievement at least shows you that it IS possible to make it in the blogging world! Many times if you really look at that person’s story, they aren’t anyone special…they might not have any more education or even be a better writer than you are.
But they persisted, learned, listened, pushed through their moments when they wanted to throw in the towel and call it quits…and then ultimately they succeeded.
SO CAN YOU!
So when you’re tempted to compare yourself to another blogger, just remember…everyone is different. You probably don’t know exactly what she went through to get to the place she is now (although she might tell you, if you’ll only listen!). You don’t know the resources she has, whether it be money or time. Maybe she’s working 60 hours a week on her blog, and you can only squeeze out 20. Everyone is in a different place, and that’s okay!
There’s a quote by Jon Acuff that I absolutely love and try to remind myself of when I’m feeling low.Don't Compare Your Beginning To Someone Else's Middle Click To Tweet
So instead of comparing ourselves to other bloggers, why don’t we network, interact with, and support them, and who knows? Maybe we’ll even learn a thing or two!
The was a guest post from Kimi Clark. Kimi is a freelance blogger, VA and runs The Mom Shopping Network where you’ll find great tips, amazing products and what’s trendy and hip for moms, dads and kids! TMSN helps you find the best stuff online!