Let me preface this. It’s been a tough couple of weeks. I’ve felt like I had entered a void where all motivation goes to die and that my inner voice had done a complete 180 on me. Although with my generally cheery disposition I was able to pull myself out of my puddle of self-doubt and refocus my goals for my blog.
It’s too easy to say that you’re not good enough and that no one cares, except, at least one person does.
I started Tulips & Tequila (properly) at the start of this year and the whole point of doing this is for me have an outlet for the things that matter to me whilst being creative. Working a full-time job & building a career is tough, and I came to the realisation that I needed a way to spend more time on something that was just for me.
Where it’s started to get tricky is comparison.
There are so many other blogs around it’s difficult to not let their earnt success, bring light to your lack of. Although I’m new, reaching successful goals seem almost impossible. It also doesn’t help that I set incredibly high standards for myself.
But enough about the actual self-doubt, you clicked because you want to know how to alleviate its burden on your confidence about blogging.
Here are some of the ways I’ve lifted my spirits and been able to refocus on my blogging goals.
Connecting with other new bloggers
You are not alone. One of the most beautiful things about the internet is that you are not alone and it’s certain that there is someone else out there who is going through the same issues or challenges you are.
Try to search hashtags or keywords on the social media platform of your choice and you will most certainly find others who are sharing their story or journey. Consume what they’re creating and engage.
For me, this has made me feel fantastic. As a niche-less blogger, I can feel super overwhelmed by others who specialise in a certain topic and it means the world to read content and engage with bloggers who create similar content to me.
It also helps to create a sense of community and has inspired me to innovate and think more creatively.
Join a support group
Once I started connecting with other new bloggers it was not difficult to find a support group of new bloggers. I’ve recently joined one on Facebook and the notifications remind me that I’m not alone.
It’s also a great way to gain and share advice for improving your blog.
Write down what you LOVE
At the end of the day, your blog is for you. If you’re anything like me, thinking back to why you started or even just what you want to write about, will make you want to keep going.
No one ever said this was easy (If they did, they’ve never done it)
But blogging is a great way to be creative and share your passions with like-minded people.
I LOVE talking with people, about literally everything. Which is why I started this blog in the first place. Knowing that I have an outlet, that isn’t just rambling on to my fiance every day is fantastic.
Now for you, it could be about something more specific. For example, you want to share your passion for baking & creating new recipes because spending more time on something that ‘sparks joy’ in your life, makes you happy and provides you with the motivation to focus more of your precious time & energy towards doing more of that.
I’ve still got a lot to go when it comes to fully conquering the self-doubt demons, but I know that surrounding myself with positivity and reminding myself why I actually give a damn about this, will allow me to build my confidence and to have a creative outlet.
Are there any ways you suggest to overcome self-doubt as a new blogger?
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Leave a comment below and until next time….