We all know we are quickly approaching 2015. As we are all getting ready for a new year and a new start, I’m sure we’ve all been thinking about the futures of our blogs, whether that means taking your blog to the next step or taking a step away. I have blog friends who are in every position right now, but something has been weighing on my heart lately about this little blog world we’re all apart of.
You’ve heard the quote before… Comparison is the thief of joy. In this world it’s too easy to be overtaken by comparison. Our world is fueled by social media and full of perfect Instagram photos and crafted tweets. It’s hard to look on without jealousy or comparing yourself. It’s near impossible, really.
I wish I could say that the blog world was immune to this kind of comparison, but I think we all know it’s not. It’s easy to compare your blog, your post, your growth and success to someone else’s. This kind of comparison though can destroy the relationships we have all worked hard to create.
I don’t think we can just outlaw the comparison game and pretend like we don’t do it. But what I do think we can do is make it our goal to support other bloggers. We all need cheerleaders. We all need people who are pumped for us when our page views increase or when we get more comments than normal or whatever our success is. We need people who can send a text or an email saying how much they loved our post the other day. We need those things to be successful bloggers.
Because if we don’t have them, then this blogging thing turns into the cut throat world we are all apart of already. It is no longer an outlet, a creative space, a sanctuary. Without support from other bloggers, we lose the sense of community that we have all been surprised by at one time or another.
As you’re planning your goals for your blog for 2015 or as you are strategically stepping back from blogging, I want to encourage you to support your blog friends. Whether that means sharing a post, commenting or emailing, do it. Let that friend know that you are so excited for the things that are going on in their world. Even if that means swallowing some pride and being excited even though someone might be doing better than you are.
There will always be someone better and more successful than you no matter what you do in life. But on the reverse, there will always be someone worse and less successful than you. But it doesn’t matter. We are all human, we are all children of God, we are all believers and dreamers. We are all on the same road to find fulfillment and live out our purpose, but we all take so many different roads to get there, which is why the comparison game is so difficult. So regardless of what that looks like in terms of your blog, make sure you support others that are better and worse than you.
Let’s make 2015 the best year ever, for our blogs, our lives outside of blogging, our relationships within blogging.