Appreciating where you are now is the key to embracing small beginnings. – AJ
The other day I sat and thought about where I started as a blogger and where I am presently. To be out right truthful, I would have thought I’d given up by now. There is a lot that I’ve accomplished and felt like “wow that was easy.” And, there is a lot that I am STILL trying to tackle thinking “this sh*t sucks!” Life comes at you fast. I mean 0-100 real quick! The thing about blogging is…
So many come into it with all these expectations. High, positive expectations are what most of us who are just starting out have. Why so many of us give up so easily is because our situation doesn’t match our expectations. There are a lot of people out there who sell gimmicks, hopes and dreams when it comes to blogging. And before you know it, you’ve started a blog thinking you’re going to be a few months in with a huge following making boo coo dollars.
There are tons of emotions that you feel when you’re a blogger. Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t go through the motions and the feels because they’d be lying to you. It’s an up and down rollercoaster when blogging. Literally, one day you feel great and the next day you feel like your life is up in flames. Here’s a breakdown of some of the emotions you feel as a blogger and how to deal with them all.
Random Jolts of Excitement
Yes, they occur. When you’re first starting out and when you’re 5 years in. I remember when I got my first day of over 50 views. I was elated. It showed me that people were actually reading my work. Then 2 days later I learned that an opportunity I really wanted didn’t go through. See what I mean? The good thing is, is that the good things happen. Random jolts of excitement do occur. The bad thing? They rarely last. They happen fairly quickly. Some moments of excitement lasting longer than others. The key to remember is, celebrate every moment. Don’t be so caught up in the fact that the feelings come and go that you miss out on the opportunity to celebrate yourself and your accomplishments. Even if they’re only short lived.
You push out fire content all the time. Sometimes 3-4 times a week and you STILL lack a solid following. To add insult to injury, you feel like you don’t get the props that you deserve. The thing is, we all write pretty good blog content. We are all on the grind and all deserve a huge following and money to follow. The key to dealing with this emotion is trusting in your process. Trusting that your time is coming. Appreciating where you are now is the key to embracing small beginnings. Enjoy the journey and what you’re learning while on it. Don’t be so anxious for the outcome. Need a few tips on trusting your process? Click here.
Feeling Like You’re Not Working Hard Enough
You see your blogging buddies pushing out content consistently and having all of these other amazing things going on that are blog related. Meanwhile you’re over here still trying to decide on a title for your recent blog post. The key to overcome this negative feeling is to understand that everyone works at their own pace. Looking at what others are working on and how they’re working is a sure way to keep yourself feeling discouraged and defeated. Speaking of such…
Feeling Like You Want to Quit
I have felt this way 545944862 times in the last 5 years. Ain’t nothing to it really when you start to feel this way, but to keep going. You will want to give up and quit every other day. This feeling is inevitable. How you determine if blogging is something that you’re truly passionate about is how easy it is for you to continue to keep going when you want to quit. When you’re really in it for the right reason you know that the feeling of wanting to quit is temporary. Don’t let the devil talk you out of what you love.
It’s Costing You More Than You’re Making
Yes, you have to give money to make it. While that statement is very true, not every return invest is instantaneous. Some of us don’t see money coming in from our blog investments until years down the line. The key to dealing with this is having patience. How I’ve learned to deal with the ups and downs of earning money is not being in it solely for the money. I know that eventually God will open up that door. Until then I will continue to work and invest money wisely while working hard until it all pays off.
What are some of the emotions you experienced blogging and how did you overcome them?
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.