This isn’t another article about how NOT to compare yourself to other bloggers because the reality is – you will! It’s understandable! Some of the first advice that we get, whenever we start any new endeavor, is to look at others doing what you want to be doing/are doing and….COMPARE ourselves.
Here are three quick tips to keep you doing your best and inspired as you grow your blog and magnify your voice!
Check them out on Instagram
People say this all the time and it’s so true! You just can’t! But find there beginning and compare yourself to that. I’m completely obsessed with Instagram! What I love about Instagram is the beautiful images. But this is the best place to find where someone started. Most people use Instagram as a visual journal making it a great place to see the evolution of other bloggers. It may take a second to scroll through all their images to get to the beginning but do it for yourself! You can even see how many likes they started with! It’s encouraging because it reminds you to keep growing and improving your skillset just like they did!
Look at archives post.
Every blog starts somewhere. Looking at other bloggers old post can show you how their content improved. How they found their voice and how their pictures improved as well as their site design. No one stays where they started and that includes you! As long as you keep going and learning more. Blog archives are a great way to see how other bloggers have grown by simply learning more. Often times, what they have learned is what they have admired from other blogs or in many cases envisioned for their own evolution. The same is for you! Take notes of what you love about their sites and figure out how to do it, so you can evolve and grow your skillset!
*note: Some bloggers even have old blogs that are still out there! Look for them and be reassured that we all start at the beginning.
Compare yourself to yourself and let go of perfection.
It’s SSSOOOO easy not to notice the progress you’re making as you move forward. Take some time to look at your own archives and Instagram, and acknowledge how far along your coming and the improvements you’re making! Pat yourself on the back and Keep going!
Look at your work and see if you start to notice your own style, hear your voice clearly and what your preferences are. Do you favor minimalist style or are you colorful. Are you reflective in your writing or factual. What do you see reflected in your work time and time again? What are the words that your readers often associate with you?
Once you’re clear on this and feeling pumped set new goals and do some of the things you’ve admired! Make sure you are patient with yourself and let go of every post being perfect! It wont happen! So be A O.K. with it being your best! And work hard for your voice to be loud and clear! After all that’s what we really admire about our favorite bloggers!
Good Luck and continue to make your blog one someone else will look up too!
What do you think of actually comparing yourself to other bloggers instead of trying not to? Let us know in the comments.