“Blogging is a Personal Journey.”

July 10, 2012

(play this softly in the background while reading, if you can)
(it’s been on repeat for me today)
Once again, I’m going to get serious on the blog today. Maybe I do this too often, maybe you think I don’t do it enough. Whatever your preference, I’m going to lay it on the line today.
Earlier today, I posted on Twitter that I was a little bummed that my paid sponsor spots hadn’t had any bites. I asked for some advice from other bloggers, and here are some of the responses I received:
“Do a blog post. Reach out to some shops to swap as for giveaway. Compare pricing (too high?)”
“Just be patient :) And promote the crap out of them!”
Both of these I definitely agreed with, but the one that spoke to me most was from my good friend, Lindsay.
“I’ve gotten LOADS of great advice from “big bloggers”, and I prob won’t be doing paid spots until I hit at least 500 readers or so. The best advice I got was to focus solely on original content, clarifying benefits for my readers, and providing quality photos.”
For some reason, this really hit home for me. I spent a few months deciding on whether or not this was something that I wanted to do and having someone that I look up to tell me that they don’t even think they are big enough to do paid spots made me feel a little uneasy. I thanked her for her advice, and she quickly followed up with another tweet.
“Blogging is a personal journey! Just wanted to share my plan. I contacted a few bloggers I admire and got great advice!”
This resonated even more with me. Blogging is a personal journey. Why am I rushing to get to the “end result” and not enjoying what’s going on right now? I just had my 100th post and looking back, I have come so far since my first post. I’m finally doing exactly what I wanted: writing. 
The constant comparison to others has definitely held me back. Not only in numbers, but also in life. I would never have felt the pressure to get designer things if I wasn’t a blogger. I carry a Forever 21 purse with a wallet that probably didn’t cost more than $15. Why am I so worried about what I have? Why do I want Tori Burch flats for my birthday? Can’t they just be normal flats? (Okay, I’m kind of going on a tangent now…)
I’ve changed so much since I started blogging, in both good and maybe not-so-good ways. (Michelle did a great job today talking about the funny ways blogging changes you and Amanda did an amazing vlog last week on comparisons and “superstar bloggers”.) Just sometimes, we need a reality check and a kick in the ass. 
Basically, I just need to realize that it takes time. I have to be patient. After everything that happened this morning, I lowered the prices on my spots and have considered removing them all together. I sure would love if someone bought one, but I need to know that it may not happen immediately and that’s okay. I’ll focus on that later. 
For now, I’m going to get my ducks in a row and focus on my awesome readers. (We hit 200 followers today!! How exciting is that?!) Be on the lookout for something special coming the next few days! :) I cherish each one of you and thank you for being here! We’ll grow together.

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