Am I doing it right? {on blogging}

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A few months ago I found some blogger groups on Facebook and joined them. They opened up a whole new world for me and I’ve learned so much more about blogging so quickly. I also love connecting with other amazing women who write.  But there was a small downside to it all. The groups also overwhelmed me. All of a sudden I was looking at my blog and my writing with a very critical eye. Is my writing good enough? Is my blog cute-yet-professional enough? Am I posting often enough? Is the my content Pinterest-worthy? What about my posts from the heart? Where do they fit in? Self-doubt started to creep in and I went through a period of “should I even blog anymore?”

All of this critical stuff also caused a whole new kind of writer’s block. I felt stuck and not sure where I fit in. I wasn’t sure which way to steer this little ship of mine. Add in the fact that everyone’s been sick around here…and well…good writing wasn’t exactly flowing.

But I’m a big believer in the idea that the universe will rise up to meet you. So if you’re a negative person, the universe is going to confirm your beliefs and breed further negativity. On the other hand, if you’re positive and working toward goodness, the universe will bring that your way. And after starting 7 other posts and not really knowing what to write, I took a break to scroll through Facebook.

And that’s when I saw it. One of my favorite bloggers/writers, Kelle Hampton, has a new post up on her blog today and she put the link on Facebook. I found it at just the right moment, because her post today really renewed me.

She reminded me that I love words. I always have and I imagine I always will. I love writing my own and I love reading the heartfelt ones of others. And that’s what I need to focus on. Leave behind the “blog” and focus on the writing.  Don’t get caught up in 100,000 unique page views a month and sponsorships and monetization. Just enjoy writing. Chronicle the day to day, take beautiful pictures and share good stories.

The Quinntessential Mommy

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Lee Anne

    Ahhh yes the blogging pressure sure does come creeping in. Stay true to yourself. You’re doing great!
    xoxo
    Lee Anne

    1-15-15 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Ariel

    Yessssssss!!! Love this!

    1-15-15 at 9:10 am
    • Reply Krista

      aww thanks! It was scary to hit ‘publish’ on this one but I’m glad I did. Sometimes you just feel good if you get it out there.

      1-16-15 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Kate

    I can completely relate! When I first started blogging I told myself I wouldn’t get caught up in readership numbers I would just publish content I wanted to share with others and hope that people would read it and like it. Like you though when I joined FB groups I got kind of down on myself as my blog isn’t the most organized, I don’t have a special unique blog design, and basically I was just beating myself up. So, I took a little break then missed it so I came back just writing what I wanted to write…and it has been great and I feel like my old self again. I have set small goals to improve my blog and that is very me…small manageable goals! hehe

    1-15-15 at 10:36 am
    • Reply Krista

      I’m right there with ya! Small manageable goals! Love it

      1-16-15 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Blogging can be so overwhelming at times and you really have to enjoy the journey as your OWN. It is hard to do that, but once you stop comparing you will be so much happier.

    1-15-15 at 11:03 am
    • Reply Krista

      Lauren you’re so right. I just have to keep reminding myself that.

      1-16-15 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Megan Elford

    Right on the mark! Blogging involves so much more than I ever thought it would, but I’m trying my best to only compare myself to me, because I’m the only one with the same knowledge, experience and skills!

    Btw – your blog looks amazing! I love it 🙂

    1-15-15 at 11:17 am
    • Reply Krista

      Megan–I totally agree. I thought I knew a lot and wow…I have so much to learn. And thank you for the kind words about my blog!!

      1-16-15 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Nicci

    Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes it can be frustrating when we compare ourselves to others. If we just do our thing, everything will work out.

    1-15-15 at 12:21 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Just have to keep reminding ourselves of that, right?

      1-16-15 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Traci@tracesoffaith

    Krista, I’ve loved these online groups as well. But I hear you loud and clear. The friend who got me started blogging told me first thing, you have to love writing and posting most of all. The rest may come. Or it may not. But like you, I have to remind myself at times! A good post. Really!

    1-15-15 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Traci I’m glad I’m not the only one who can find it all a little overwhelming! It can be hard not to worry about numbers and SEO, but I think I’ve finally let that go and I’m just on this journey–wherever it may lead.

      1-16-15 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Beth

    I’m definitely new to blogging and I went through the same thoughts with my blog design! It is so easy to compare with others! I’ve learned to do whatever works best for you 🙂

    1-15-15 at 1:10 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Totally agree Beth!

      1-16-15 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Margarita

    I belong to some blogging groups as well. Sometimes I find them awesome, other times they can become overwhelming. I think it’s all about balance 🙂 Good luck!

    1-15-15 at 5:03 pm
    • Reply Krista

      Balance–yes! I’m working on finding mine 😉

      1-16-15 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Ai

    It’s so easy to get caught in the comparison trap, even in the blogging world. I’ve been there. But that has had the same effect on me too … I get discouraged, lose my passion to write, etc. This is a good reminder for me of why I love blogging in the first place.

    1-15-15 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply Krista

      I wish that comparing myself fired me up and made me write write write. But since the opposite happens, it’s time to stop comparing!

      1-16-15 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Maggie May's Gifts

    So true. It is all about enjoying the journey.
    Funny you quoted Paulo Coelho…his book The Alchemist is on my lap right now!! weird 🙂
    have you read that? I think you would like it. A line from it is “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I love that 🙂

    1-16-15 at 5:57 am
    • Reply Krista

      Maggie–I LOVE The Alchemist. My husband and I read it together (nerd alert). Excellent book–so profound without being annoying. I also just realized I have a typo up here and it should be Paulo!

      1-16-15 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Great post, thanks for the reminder.

    1-16-15 at 10:10 am
    • Reply Krista

      🙂

      1-16-15 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Robbie

    That is perfection. I have thought about finding a blogging group but I don’t know where to start….and what if they don’t want me and what if I have nothing to contribute?

    1-17-15 at 1:04 pm
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