Read all about the daily struggle as a blogger and influencer to remain confident, proud, and inspired to continue blogging every day.
Originally published 10/2/2018. Updated 7/29/2020.
Ever since I took the step to focus on blogging seriously as a career, I realized how absolutely insecure I am when it comes to this business. No matter how hard I try, I hear a little voice in my head that tells me I’m not as good as other bloggers. I should be more successful, have more followers, be more well known, land bigger and better partnerships.
My struggle as a blogger is to be confident in my work and proud of my accomplishments.
One morning back in 2018 I fully realized how insecure I felt in my blogging career. I watched a few Instagram stories and without hesitation my insecurities rose to the surface. I saw someone working with a dream brand, someone else bragging about payments from campaigns, and another celebrating their growth in Instagram followers. Instead of celebrating the success of my peers I questioned my own success. How come I feel inadequate? Why do I compare myself to others?
Community over competition.
Empowered women empower women.
We rise by lifting others.
The biggest struggle as a blogger: INSECURITIES.
Many of my blogger insecurities stem from encounters with other bloggers. Unfortunately, I’ve had a brush with one too many women who, whether directly or indirectly, remind me I’m not as successful as them. A snub here, a snarky comment there, actions and words do hurt. Despite my success in the last year, I’ve felt down at the hand of someone else. Perhaps I need a thicker skin, but at the same time it is important to feel. Being aware of my emotions is what motivates me to work harder.
Inhale confidence. Exhale doubt.
It’s tough to stand out in a crowd. Blogging has become an oversaturated market, overflowing with talented, hard working influencers. Sadly, there are also the bloggers who buy followers and likes. The inflation in numbers makes it difficult for those trying to grow organically. More often than not brands look at numbers and not detailed insights.
We must ask ourselves, is it all really a numbers game? Do brands value quantity over quality or vice versa? Who is the actual judge of your success as a blogger in the influencer world?
Tips to Boost Your Confidence as a Blogger
- Remind yourself daily of wins – not losses. It’s important to create goals that motivate you and visualize exactly what you want to achieve.
- Reach for the stars and ignore everyone else.
- Practice positive talk.
- You’re on your OWN journey to success – so keep your eyes forward and remember this is not a competition.
- Blog with love, clarity and focus. Blog for YOU.
- Have fun.
I remind myself of the positive in spite of the negative. There is a light at the end of the dark tunnel I sometimes find myself wandering. That light shines bright from the women that inspire me, uplift me, and give me that push on the days where I’m in a funk. I have blog friends I’ve never met in person, family and real life friends who remind me how much I love blogging.
We should all smile and celebrate the success of others instead questioning our own.
Surround yourself with confident women (and men!) in the same business. Collaborate. Share one another. Promote each other’s content. TALK about your insecurities and you’ll soon realize, you’re not alone. If you love what you do then never give up.