1. Stay true to my voice
3. Give up
The Bloggesses, like The Joneses, have it "going on" in all things blog related. They have huge followings and massive page views. They are doing enough guest-posts to make Oprah take notice. And money??? Don't even mention that! The Bloggesses are paid out the rectal cavity to write and live their dreams! It's enough to make any blogger question their own value.
Do you know any of the Bloggesses? If so, then you know what I'm talking about. And you'll know what I'm talking about by that little nudge of envy that pokes it's head out like a turtle in a shell. Did you feel that? Yeah. That.
While every blogger loves his/her little corner of the blogosphere, there's always the desire for more subscribers, page views, content, and opportunities to be PAID! Right?! I don't think I'm wrong here. I know I'm not. And I know because I'm one of those bloggers. The envious, turtle-headed kind!
Let's not take the word "envy" out of context. I have no ill-will towards those writing and marketing geniuses. As a matter of fact, it's just the opposite! I admire those wonderful Bloggesses with their captivating words, their business savvy, and their will to persevere! My blog wants to be like theirs when it grows up!
I know, firsthand, that this blogging thing ain't easy, peasy stuff! There's a misconception that bloggers only sit on an ass and write/type but that's not where it ends! If people only knew the process involved in finding time to create good content, entertain people, maintain a visually captivating blog, fight the urge to conform, manage home life, and still have a personal identity. Sheesh! I need a drink just thinking about it!
It reminds me of the misconceptions people have towards stay-at-home-parents. No work involved?! Are ya kidding me or are ya just plain stupid?! There's work involved I tell ya. PLENTY of work! And then there's work, on top of work's work. And did I mention no time off?! You can see I have very strong feelings about this topic!
Back to the Bloggesses... While they are wonderful, I'm the stubborn type. I'm confronted with those three options daily but I refuse to conform or give up! I believe in my voice, my audience, my style. I also know that none of our lives are the same. We can't expect to be like someone else. It's fantastic to see writers receiving recognition, achieving great levels of success, but the reality is that all of us won't reach super-stardom. I'm sorry to burst that bubble but it's just the damn truth.
Does that mean YOU won't be successful? Well that depends on the individual. Giving up is inevitable failure but persevering through the challenges, through writer's block, through "I don't know how to do that," will lead us all to success! We can all live in our individual realms of achievement. We set our own goals, define our own success, and determine where we want to go! I have faced MANY brick walls with blogging because I'm not the most tech savvy person. Okay, okay. That was an understatement. I may have needed a dummies guide when I started. There... Are ya happy now?! But let me let you in on a little secret...
GOOGLE WILL SAVE YOUR ASS!
There are tutorials on E-VE-RY-THING! Stalk Youtube and other platforms like a virgin who just got her first piece of good
Success takes time, patience, and the will to not give up. If you want to reach your goal you must get your butt in gear! One more thing... Drop the "I can't" excuses! Ain't nobody got time for that! You CAN do the things you think are impossible. I know because I AM doing 'em!
Remember the brick walls I mentioned?! Allow me let you in on another secret: You CAN make it over, around, under, and through those monsters! They are not the end of the road unless you allow them to be!
The best thing you can do is to find/create a blogging group/tribe. Connect with virtual AND physical blogging communities that offer true support. They are invaluable! Find mentors you can learn from and rookies you can grow with. It's a whole big blogging world out there waiting for YOU! Who knows? You may just meet one of those precious blogging gurus!
All hail The Bloggesses!
I hope you choose to persevere and stay true to your own voice. You can't be anyone else anyways! And don't be so fearful of rejection that you sit on the sidelines. YOUR audience is out there! You just have to give them something to read.
Are you a blogger just starting out or thinking of starting a blog? Do you have blogging experience and have challenges you've had to overcome? If so, tell me about them! You just may help someone else in the process. As always thanks for being here! Don't forget to subscribe by adding your email above and feel free to follow me on my other social media platforms.
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