It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, and the world of blogging is no exception. It can be easy to compare what someone else is doing to what we’re doing, and frame it all within our own context. But it doesn’t work that way; we all have different skills and things we struggle with. While you’re feeling impressed by one aspect of someone else’s blog, they may be thinking there’s no way they could manage to pull off what you’re doing on your blog.
I’m guessing that most of us have an “easy” type of post. By easy, I mean the kind of thing you can get into a groove with, and cranking out that kind of post is relatively low effort. My easy and your easy may be entirely different; your easy might be my difficult, and vice versa. And what someone easy is may not be obvious. My easy is actually researched posts. That may not be most people’s easy, but my depression gives me slow brain, and researched posts mean that I don’t have to come up with my own ideas; I can piggyback onto other people’s ideas. So if anyone happens to be impressed by me writing lots of researched posts, that’s missing the context that, in my head, that’s my easy post.
Another thing that people sometimes seem to be impressed by when it comes to my blog is the level of organization. But again, that misses out on context. If it wasn’t for my blog’s structure, I’d have no clue what day of the week it was. Being organized allows me to maximize what slow brain is prepared to give me. Being organized isn’t something extra I do to make my blog better; it’s a 4-wheeled walker I rely on to keep moving.
Whether you share art, music, poetry, your thoughts, what happened in your day, or anything else, there’s most likely another blogger out there thinking damn, I wouldn’t be able to manage that with my blog. Some people have a hard time publishing once a week, while others have a hard time keeping it under five a day. Different things are easy and hard for each of us.
Finally, a key thing to keep in mind is that people have vastly different amounts of time to spend on their blog, depending on what’s going on in the rest of their life. Someone with a partner, five kids, and three animals, plus a full-time job, is going to have a lot less time for blogging me, who has nothing else to fit into the day but some guinea pig cuddles.
None of this is meant to put down my blog; I’m quite content with it. I’m just trying to say that there’s more than one way of approaching blogging, and no single way is better or more valid than another. You might look at another blog and think “I couldn’t do that,” but that blogger might be thinking the same thing about your blog. There’s room for all of it.
So the next time you happen to compare yourself and your blog to someone who’s doing something that looks impressive, remember, their context is not your context. It’s great that they’re doing their thing, but that doesn’t make it better than your thing. Your blog is as unique as you are, and that diversity is what makes the blogosphere such an interesting place. So you do you, and your blog will be the better for it.