Blogging and crafting your own personal corner of the internet can be incredibly fun but, inevitably, it can come with dissatisfaction or struggles. My post today is written from
the heart, after I deeply identified with a comment I read on a site the other day. If you've ever experienced any of these, or find yourself completely in a rut, please know you are never alone!
. Fear of missing out on opportunities. The internet moves so fast and, with bloggers and businesses producing amazing things and collaborating right, left and centre, it can feel difficult to keep up. It can feel necessary to be glued to your screen, trying to hashtag and send emails, not wanting to be left behind. Instead of frantically checking your social media, turn everything off/on aeroplane mode and take a break. This can feel uncomfortable, like it's the last thing you should be doing, but have a greater confidence that cutting yourself off from this will help to free your blogging spirit bit by bit and stop dragging you down. It's the first step to being kinder to yourself, having faith in your work and cease depending on other people in order to pursue your blogging dreams. Instead of looking outwards, focus more on building your little corner and filling it with love and magic. Trust that opportunities that find you in the end will be the right ones and arrive perfectly on time!
. Fear of losing audience. I feel that this is a very common fear, no matter what you put out on the internet. So many artists change themselves in order to appeal to a new audience and often lose who they were in the process. Create and surround yourself with things that resonate with you. Be your own biggest fan and don't be afraid to compliment yourself when you've pulled something truly great out of the bag, that exudes your passion! Work to express yourself instead of trying to attract new followers and make that your manifesto. Even if your work holds a rare magic and beauty that only a few seem to love, pursue it. The readers you attract will be the ones more likely to stick around, get inspired and be worth forming friends with!
. Fear of producing low quality work. Everyone is on their own blogging journey, being inspired, learning to express ourselves in completely different ways. Building a perfect 'dream' blog in our minds can bring on the draining misconception that we're not good enough, we will never meet our idea of perfection. This can deter us from creating work, as we no longer have the confidence to share it. We lose out on our ability to experiment with blogging, to have fun and try out crazy new posts and series'. Push yourself further and further away from your 'dream blog', write what you want and see where it takes you! Wherever you are on your blogging journey, try our the idea that your work is always unfinished, there is always room to learn, grow and evolve your style!
. Fear of running out of ideas. The very fact that you're experiencing this fear indicates a desire to write and a belief that this is what you should be doing. For days of nonspiration, forcing down the laptop and getting out doing things you love can really help. You might find inspiration in the most unexpected place! Sometimes it comes down to convincing the world how beautiful something really is, or how it makes you feel: something that often gets overlooked. It also helps to find a 'niche' when blogging. For me, this stemmed from my love of antiques, romantic art (I am not made for the world of modern portraiture!) and from creating a 'Victorian Diary' journal when I was at school. I then just put it together with my love of aesthetics and nature. Customise your corner, create some magic and share what you love!
. Fear of losing all my ideas. Quite the opposite of the above, sometimes ideas suddenly come all at once - after all, there are no rules for when they should arrive! - and it can feel stressful trying to process and plan them all out at once. All of a sudden you're passionate about something - but trying to get on with another post. It helps me to note these down for a rainy day, but spend time focusing on the present moment, trusting that my other ideas will piece together at the right time. I might add to them bit by bit though, that's often how my posts form!
Writing this was therapeutic for me, as I'm always being hit by these while blogging! Behind every blog and brand is a human who feels all those negative emotions as well as the positive and I have belief that every person experiences these from time to time. I love how supportive the blogging community is as well, there are so many lovely people who are happy to help out and answer questions. It's all about transforming your struggles to something brilliant ♡
Have you ever been affected by any of these? If so, what helped you through them?