I came across several tweets recently where people stated that they were tired of reading “blogging advice” posts because it often made them feel as though they needed to “keep up with the joneses” and do it all or it made them feel like they weren’t a good enough blogger. Since I have an entire series on this site dedicated to sharing my own personal tips and advice for fellow creatives in the industry, I have to admit those tweets stopped me in my tracks.
I’ve written more than a handful of articles related to blogging with topics ranging from Instagram algorithm tips to working with brands and creating an engaged community. I sincerely hope that you have never left this space feeling as though you weren’t enough. I don’t want these posts to ever give off a “holier-than-thou” tone because that is not the intent. More than anything, I share my own personal tips and experiences in the hopes that it can be valuable to you in a helpful and motivating way.
While I have seen a lot of success over the years, I have also seen a tremendous amount of setbacks and heartbreak. With the highs come the lows. It’s inevitable. Even after 6 years of creating content and doing this full-time, I still often find myself struggling to take things to the next level. To be honest, I’m struggling right now. I am still not exactly where I want to be just yet.
This is why I believe it’s so important to have these kinds of conversations and get different perspectives on the same topic. I personally find it to be inspiring when I learn more about someone else’s story and journey.
How did they get to where they are today? What have they learned? What’s helped them? What’s brought them both success and failure?
It’d be good to note here that there really is no “secret to success” when it comes to blogging or anything in life for that matter. I honestly wish that there was because I would have already written an article about it. This digital space continues to change and evolve over time and sometimes I even find myself trying to keep up with it all. You can read dozens of tips on the industry with a laundry list of things you should be doing, but the same truth will always shine through.
What works for others may not work for you.
I don’t say this to discourage you, in fact it’s the complete opposite. I think that in order to really pave your own way in this industry, you have to figure out what sticks and what doesn’t. Believe me, I have tried it all and you know what? I’ve seen the most success when I have shown my heart. You have to find your own voice. You just simply have to do you.
It’s important to remember that you do not have to do what everyone else is doing. I always find it super refreshing to come across a fellow creative who has been making waves by doing things differently. When you come to terms with this truth, everything begins to flow and I promise you that success will start to come.
If you want advice on how to be one of the top bloggers in the game, I honestly can’t help you. I, myself, am not one of the most popular content creators out there and probably never will be. I’m content with that though because that’s never been my goal. I don’t have the prettiest curated Instagram feed nor do I have hundreds of thousands of followers on social. What I do have is my own voice and a great community that I have built over these past 6 years. That’s invaluable to me.
I’ll always be here to share whatever knowledge I have learned throughout this whole journey, but ultimately your own personal success is at the tip of your fingers. What you choose to do with that is up to you. The best advice that me or anyone else could ever give you is this: You Do You.
Is it groundbreaking? No. Is it effective? Yes.
Success looks different to everyone and it can often mean different things. Figure out new ways to constantly grow and find what works best for you! I guarantee that with a lot of hard work, consistency and the right frame of mind, you can literally make anything happen. Just stick with it and don’t give up.
Now I turn this over to you, my reader, as I would really love to get your thoughts on this topic. How do you feel about reading posts on “blogging tips?” Is this something that you would like to continue to see here on NM with my Behind The Blogging Scenes series? Or are you over it? Let me know below!
Thanks so much for reading. I love you all and I am always here to help in any way that I can. I sincerely hope that you leave here with a bit more confidence, motivation and the desire to always strive to be better.