I half joked about writing this post on Twitter a long time ago and it's taken me until now to take the idea seriously and sit down and start typing. I've made no secret about how much I tend to worry in life in general and of course that includes my blogging life. And in the whole 5 years that I've been doing this whole blogging thing I've definitely encountered some serious worrying. So today I present to you the worriers guide to blogging.
YOU WILL NOT LIKE EVERYONE AND NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU
I think probably the number one thing that people fear when it comes to blogging is not being liked and getting negativity thrown at them. But blogging is no different to real life in the way that we cannot possibly like everyone so it's a given that not everyone will like you. And that is totally ok, you don't have to like everyone's blog or be everyone's number one fan because it's just not feasible to ever do that. Just because someone might not like you or what you do online doesn't make you a terrible person either. Having a different opinion to other people is what makes life so wonderful but it's how you use that opinion that's important.
STATS MEAN DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE
The stats game is one that's all too easy to play because they're right in front you of you. The day that I deleted Squarespace Metrics and deleted Google Analytics from my bookmark bar was a truly great day. For far too long I measured my blogs 'success' on how many views I got that day and it took me far too long to remember that was never the reason I started From Roses. For some people, they do want millions of views and a certain amount of unique visitors a day but that's not what blogging is for me and it never will be. What makes my blog a success to me is how I feel about what I'm creating ultimately.
YOUR BLOG IS MUCH BETTER THAN YOU GIVE IT CREDIT FOR
There are so many incredible blogs out there, whether they be personal or whether they be high fashion editorial they're all pretty amazing. But no matter how good someone's else blog is that never takes away from what you're doing on your internet space. Comparing yourself to others in any way is never going to result in happiness so it's a completely pointless activity to partake in. Sometimes we all need to give ourselves just a little bit more credit with whatever we're doing.
BLOGGING IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, EMBRACE IT
When people say the blogging world isn't what it used to be it feels like an obvious statement. The best thing about this whole blogging thing is that it's constantly changing on a daily basis and that's something to enjoy and embrace rather than fear it. Of course, they're going to be things that used to happen in the blogging world that you loved but that doesn't mean you won't love what's to come.
Pride is such a funny thing as it's often seen as arrogance or even bragging. But being proud of yourself and your blog whatever way you do it is so important because it's something we all deserve to feel. Often we think we should only be proud when we achieve something huge but what about celebrating the little things in life? And pride looks different to different people so it can never be measured in just one way. I've lost count of how many people I've heard say that they keep their blog a secret away from people in their real life because they fear that they will think it's silly or it's not worth sharing. But it is and more often than not those people will support you and actually enjoy what you're doing so why hide something you're so passionate about away?