Lately my blog has undergone a bit of an identity crisis. The truth is there is just so many things to blog about. Literally, anything and everything. Sometimes that is a good thing, but not always.
The thing about the internet is we have this quick and easy accessibility to other blogs. It fills our creative minds with so many ideas for our own blog, which is great, but it can also affect our passion for writing.
These past few weeks I made a list of posts to create. My drafts built up, and yet I never hit publish. I came to the realization that I simply didn’t care about what I was writing about. To tell you the truth, I was beginning to view it as a tedious task.
Remembering the purpose of my blog, re-fueled my passion and motivation. It ignited the excitement to post content I could actually be excited and proud to create.
Here is a list of the mistakes I made:
Comparison- the beginning of the end. As a blogger, one of the worst things you can do is compare your blog to other blogs. I mean honestly, everyone is their own person meaning each blog is their own.
Can you imagine if everyone wrote the same thing, had the same theme design, the same pictures, and same life story? Imagine how boring that would be.
2. Doing Everything At Once
Contrary to popular belief, blogging is not just writing and taking pictures. I know all bloggers will agree with me on this. I could go on and on about all the things that come with blogging-but that is not what this post is about.
Although I am still a “newbie blogger” I would advice you to learn as you go along. You do not need to be self-hosted from the beginning, and you do not need to spend money on professional cameras, domains, and etc.
I definitely do not regret going self-hosted, but I am aware of other bloggers who maybe want to, but have not yet decided or cannot take that leap because of personal/financial reasons. This does not make anyone less of a blogger for not having these things. If your content is good, people will subscribe regardless!
3. “Popular” posts
It is easy to notice when other bloggers create a post that is popular and people love. This can motivate you to create something similar- even if this means you will not enjoy writing it.
Something I have noticed on Twitter, is bloggers who start posting less and less. Eventually, I see that tweet updating the Twitter world that they will be taking a break from blogging.
Breaks are always good to re-fuel and stay mentally sane. Yet, you can always tell when bloggers begin to lose interest due to lack of growth and motivation. This leads to the main theme of this post- knowing the PURPOSE of your blog.
The Purpose of Your Blog
While I was getting caught up in the blogosphere, I forgot why I started my blog. I wanted my own little space of the internet, to write about the things I felt passionate about. And finally, I wanted my creative space, where heck, maybe I could even impact some people.
If you have ever read any blog post about creating a blog, you have probably read that you first a foremost need a “niche”. In other words, that you need a marketable overall topic.
Although, I am not saying a “niche” is not good to have. If you forget the purpose of why you started your blog, getting discouraged will come much faster that you think.
Just think, most bloggers work full-time, go to school full-time, or are raising a family. All of these things are tiresome, why would you want to add more on top of that if it’s not going to be enjoyable?
Write what about what you’re passionate about, just have fun with it. Blogging should not be something you dread doing.
Write and create content with your purpose in mind!
Alright lovelies, I hope you have enjoyed reading about my struggles in the blogosphere, and that some of this will be helpful in your own blogging endeavors!