My blog turned two months old this week! I wasn’t planning on doing a post about it (because it isn’t exactly a milestone) but I just read this excellent post by Alice, which got me thinking. In it, Alice talks about wanting to make sure that the content you post is perfect, and how that can lead you to put pressure on yourself. This rings especially true if you’re a new blogger. I’ll get to it in a minute, but first, here’s a little backstory.
My blogging journey
I started blogging way back in 2004 on LiveJournal. It was a personal blog, and I had it set to friends-only because I shared things about my life and the internet was still a big, bad, scary place (whether that’s changed is a story for another day!). I’d like to think I was being a sensible sixteen year old. I also had a graphics blog, and was pretty active on both of these for almost ten years. Then, a few years ago (around 2012), I started my first beauty blog on Blogger. I posted on it for about six months and then gave up – life got in the way and I was okay with that. My next attempt was starting a “proper” self-hosted blog in 2014. I was extra-ambitious and also started a YouTube channel at the same time, which in retrospect, was the reason I quit after two months. It all got too much, and I couldn’t handle both of those things and working a full-time job where I commuted 1.5 hours each way.
So what’s different this time around? Quite a lot! The commute’s gone, and thank goodness for that. More importantly though, I don’t want to try to do too much and burn out. I’m trying to plan better, to take things easy and not compare myself to everyone else. That last bit is incredibly hard, and is the main reason I wrote this post. I thought blogging was saturated back in 2014, so 2018 is a whole other story. Maybe ‘saturated’ is the wrong word. Alice says in her post that there is plenty of room for everyone to succeed, and that is true. It’s just a challenge to see it when you see so many others with huge numbers after their names while you spend half an hour trying to photograph the perfect flatlay and hope someone will notice.
When the above happens, I have to constantly remind myself that the only pressure I’m really facing is coming from me. Yes, I’m still a newbie lifestyle blogger, but in the last ten years, I graduated university, moved across continents to a different country, finished a Master’s degree and have had a successful full-time career in marketing for the majority of that time. Would I have had a bigger following had I not quit in 2014? Probably, but it wasn’t the right time for me, and it’s not going to do me any good to dwell on it. Does every post have to be perfect? No, but I want to do the best I can to put content out there that I can be proud of. Success takes many forms, and we’re all on our own paths. I don’t want to wish away the months worrying about how much bigger my following will be a year, two year or three years from now. I just want to enjoy the journey. 🙂
Thank you if you’ve taken the time to read, follow and comment my blog in these last two months,. I really appreciate your support, and I’m not going anywhere. How long have you been blogging? Do you have any tips or me? Do you ever feel this way? I’d love to know!