Today is the final post of my Ten Day Blogiversary Celebration! As such, I thought it would be appropriate to wrap things up with a synopsis of “How I Feel About Blogging” after completing the first year. Who’s interested?
Before writing this, I went back and took a look at my first “reflection” type post published at the 3 month mark. Many of the feelings expressed in that post still apply and if you want to read about why I started Blogging, my blogging philosophy etc., you can check it out here.
Anyway, I won’t repeat what was said in that post but talk a little about the ups and downs I’ve had since then.
My greatest challenges have been:
- Comparing My Blog to Others: We can’t help it. As human beings we tend to compare ourselves to others. Everyone does this – some more than others. And before I talk about how making comparisons is a bad thing, I want to be clear. Comparisons themselves are not necessarily the problem. In fact, they are important – vital even. If we never compared anything – how would anything improve? If you’re a cook and you don’t compare your dishes – how could you decide which one was best to serve? If you’re a Beauty Blogger and don’t compare lipstick formulas – how would you determine which ones you like best and to, perhaps, recommend to your readers? I’m not saying that preferences don’t have a role to play – but you get what I’m saying. To a certain extent even more personal comparisons can be helpful if done so in a healthy way – and I know I’m treading on thin ice here. But I truly feel this way. In grade school, comparing my grades to others motivated me to perform better. That’s just a fact. And now, with the blogging, comparing my blog to others motivates me to improve it. Heck, comparing my makeup application skills to others helps me to improve and try new things. But there’s a caveat. The danger of comparisons is that they can become a very negative force is one is not careful. Comparisons are not helpful if they make you feel bad about yourself. If comparing allows too much negativity to enter your life, then they should be avoided. It’s a very careful and delicate balance to compare in a constructive way that does not damage your self-esteem, which is probably why most would advise against it in the first place. Don’t allow comparisons to diminish your own successes and prevent you from enjoying them. Personally, there have been times when I’ve let myself get down about things (it was really bad around the 6 month mark) and have had to heave myself out of that state. Overall, however, I feel that with my Blog I’m usually able to find a good balance.
- Balancing Quantity and Quality: Currently, I post about four times a week. I knew, from the beginning, that I wouldn’t be able to manage everyday. I have a full-time job. But lately, I’m thinking that even four posts a week may be too much. Like others, I’m concerned that my post quality may be suffering. The most time-consuming aspect of posting for me is the photo taking. Especially when I’m reviewing eyeshadow(s) and include an “eye look” along with the review. Sometimes, I’m not 100% happy with the way the look has turned out or how I photographed it. And in trying to keep up with my schedule, I don’t always have the time to redo it. As such, for the month of June and perhaps July as well, I’m going to reduce my post schedule to three times a week so that I can focus more on photo quality.
- Social Engagement: This is somewhat related to the previous point. In attempting to maintain my posting schedule, I sometimes sacrifice time that could be spent engaging on social media so that I can draft my posts. I do not want all of my social media accounts to be just something I use to promote Blog posts. Therefore, in reducing my posting schedule, I also hope to have more time to increase meaningful engagement.
My greatest accomplishments have been:
- Completing the First Year: I’m going to take a moment to pat myself on the back for completing my first year of Blogging. It’s a major accomplishment, if I don’t say so myself. And to all fellow bloggers who have also completed one year or more, I salute you! Take a moment to congratulate yourself because you deserve it! 🙂
- Getting the hang of Photo Taking: Despite my challenges, I do think that the images on my Blog have improved over time. I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over this past year (some of which I shared in my Blogging Photography post) and I hope to continue improving as I head into my second year.
- Meeting Great People: This isn’t really an “accomplishment” but I’m so grateful for the friendships and connections I’ve made along the way. It is such a wonderful thing to be able to connect with people who “get you”. As a beauty blogger, for example, I feel less like a crazy person for owning over 50 lipsticks. 🙂 Thank you all of my friends and dear, lovely readers for your support this past year as well as your continued support as Beauty Isles heads into Year 2! Woohoo!
If any of you have published similar “How I feel about Blogging” type posts, please share! I’d be really interested in reading them. 🙂
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