JC Chats: Blogging Gratitude (Why you should be proud of your blog!)
Now, I feel as though everyone goes through that ‘patch’ with their blog. Where suddenly you question why you spend your evenings writing away on a box to the internet. I certainly have several times. But I feel as though recently I’ve been seeing quite a bit of chatter about bloggers being burnt out, and about not feeling the love of blogging anymore.
I do think that it can be so tough, the blogging market is saturated and I think it can be disheartening if you feel as though your blog isn’t getting out there. I know for sure when I tweeted out late one night that even though I tried not to, my stats were making me feel a wee bit down – I got the highest engagement out of a tweet in months!
So I was pondering on my stats and feeling like my blog growth had stalled and just generally feeling a little blue about my blog when I decided I needed to turn that around. I need to look at how far I’ve come since I started this blog. Since January (all my stats got wiped from before that), I’ve written almost 100 posts, had 6,201 comments on this little blog, grown my twitter following, started focusing on my instagram, worked with some fabulous brands and most importantly – made some of the best blogging friends a girl could ask for!
So enough about me, the whole point of this post was to make you feel good about your blog – cause really, you are awesome and you should know it.
1. You actually made a blog in the first place!! You made that leap to put your thoughts on the internet in its own little spot. You know the amount of people who remark to me, oh I’d love to write a blog – well you did, and you should be happy with that.
2. You put out awesome content week in, week out! You take the time to get those thoughts down, to read and reread and you should realise how much work really goes into it. We all know that writing posts can be like a part time job some weeks!
3. You have learnt way more about the technical side of the internet that you ever imagined. I mean maintaining your own website along with the plethora that is domains, self hosting, SEO, google analytics, google ads and HTML. You have even learnt how to cite a website to make sure that your content comes from a credible source. Now those are some serious skills.
4. You pretty much do the work of a small PR company. I mean, the amount of time and skill it takes to sort out a twitter, instagram, facebook, G+ and pinterest account, not only to get people to follow you but to engage and drive traffic to the blog.
5. You may have worked with some awesome companies. We all know the amount of work which goes into writing about something which has been sent to you and you should be proud not only that companies want to work with you, but also that you can produce that awesome content.
6. You’ve figured out the minefield that is web design and have something on the internet which is readable – well done!
7. You have gone from taking a dark blurry photo on a phone to a bright white DSLR edited shot (well I hope I’ll get this one, one day!!).
8. You can be a part of the awesome blogging community which we have here, and I know that I have made some of the best blogging friends since starting.
So there we have it, put a smile on that face and take a couple minutes today to remind yourself of how awesome this hobby really is.