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I've been doing this for over a year now. I publish at least 10 posts a month, always reading, writing, and collecting ideas. My blog queue is stocked with 30+ posts at all times. But it wasn't always like this.
Blogging Is Hard
I know everyone says this, but let me tell you once more: after the honeymoon phase where you're new to everything and discovering new things is fun and great and awesome, you'll eventually get into a big blogging slump.
For me, the first slump came when I realized how hard it is to get your name out there. Without constantly promoting and commenting on other blogs, you're not going anywhere. Readers won't suddenly appear out of the blue.
Nobody can find your blog if you're not advertising for it. And this exactly what I didn't understand as a new blogger. I thought that mouth-to-mouth propaganda would work, people hear about my content from others and discover my blog. But in reality, that rarely happens, especially not for small blogs.
I didn't have the time or motivation to do this long-term, to keep advertising, to keep commenting excessively on other blogs. I salute everyone who can do this and has been doing this for several years. I just grew tired of it and wondered why my views stagnated and I lost more readers than I gained new ones.
Blog-Envy Is A Thing
To me, it was definitely jealousy that made me want to give up blogging and sent me into a full-blown phase of not wanting to write posts at all anymore. I wanted instant results, solely based on my content. Of course, this isn't how it works.
- I saw blogs that were very new and had already more followers than me.
- I saw blogs that didn't live up to my standards and that I considered bad, but still had more followers.
- I wondered what I was doing wrong, because I had such a small following, but considered myself better than some bloggers who had more. Something you should never ever do. You're not better than anyone, whether you're a new or well-known blogger.
The thing that got me out of this slump was the realization that I'm not blogging for success. I'm blogging for me, and to help the people that read my blog, however big that number is.
Because let's face it: Hardly any book bloggers can make a living off their blogs. If you can, you've probably been at it for years, or are just plastering your blog with a billion adverts, or are just a natural. It's the minority.
Why It All Doesn't Matter Anyways
Maybe some of you had phases like this, maybe some of you will in the future. The point I want to make is that it doesn't matter what others are doing, it doesn't matter how many followers you have or haven't. Blog for yourself. Remember why you started doing this and keep on working towards whichever goal you have.