Blogging Imposter Syndrome

Sometimes I scroll through my social media feeds – Twitter and Pinterest in particular – and I read all these voices that I think are telling me that I’m not a “good blogger.”

How to set and stick to a content calendar (what’s that? I have a full-time job, a social life, and a training schedule. Oh, and I prioritize my relaxation time. So I post whenever I have time.)

5 Photography tips for bloggers (summary: buy a $500 camera, then do these 5 things)

8 Essential Plugins for your blog! (I’m using such a basic version of WordPress that I couldn’t even use plugins if I wanted to)

Are you making these blogging mistakes? (based on the above, I’m sure reading this post would convince me that my entire blog is a mistake. **scrolls along without reading**)

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image via bloggersideas.com

My intention isn’t to be critical of this advice; instead, I’m criticizing my reaction to seeing it. I’m glad there are resources out there to help those who are looking for it. (There’s some really shit advice out there too.) Through some of these pieces, I’ve learned more about the behind-the-scenes of blogging than I knew when I spontaneously decided to get a WordPress account and an $8 domain (or however much it was).

I maintain this blog partially because I like spending time reflecting on training/life, and mostly because I love the little blogging community I’ve come to know over the last year and a half. I haven’t tried to make money from my blog, and I kind of giggle whenever I do happen to look at my blog’s stats. (It’s not a big following, folks.)

In retrospect, I realize I’ve dismissed myself as being a completely unappealing blogger because I don’t have a fancy camera, or post everything I ate every any Wednesday, or have fancy plugins.

If I’m going to be really honest here – because why not – I created my blog’s header in MS Paint. I lined up the pixels and centered everything with the OCD tendencies precision that could only be expected from a CPA or engineer. I can only imagine the collective sighs of blogging-advice-givers out there on the interwebz.

All of this to say, I was shocked when I received an email from the founder of the blog reader Feedspot notifying me that their panelist had selected my blog as one of their top 100 running blogs.

Imposter syndrome set in immediately. This list is probably total garbage, I thought. There’s no way I’d be included in a list of proper bloggers.

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Pretty please don’t let this become a viral meme. THX.

But as it turns out, I recognized a lot of the bloggers on the list. Bloggers who I enjoy reading. Bloggers who probably have 100x my following.

I went back to the imposter syndrome drawing board, brainstorming reasons why my crappy little blog could have snuck its way into this list of pretty good and popular running bloggers.

A few moments later, I stopped myself. I still can’t tell you why Racing Oprah was included, and I don’t care anymore. I’m sure there are dozens of blogs not on that list that would have been just as deserving as mine (resists urge to say “more deserving”). It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s far more satisfying to be blogging with the mindset I’ve had the last year and a half: as genuinely as I can, and enjoying the process.

Looking into the blogs on this list has also introduced me to some new blogs I didn’t know about before. I’m motivated to start doing a few things differently with my blog, like joining a linkup or two that I’ve found through the blogs on the list. Y’know, whenever it fits into my schedule.

I’m not going to shell out for a camera that costs more than my TV, or start having a sponsor for every post. But having the spotlight cast on my own blogging imposter syndrome – and moving beyond it – is going to help me enjoy my little corner of the Internet more than I ever have before.

A good friend once taught me an important lesson: it’s important to show gratitude for compliments, but ESPECIALLY the ones you don’t feel you deserve. No time like the present to follow that advice.

Thank you, Feedspot, for including my blog in your list. You accumulated a damn good list of blogs, and I’m honored to be a part of it.


 

If you have a blog or have had a blog in the past: why did you start your blog? What do you like/dislike about blogging? 

Have you ever felt imposter syndrome? Every now and then, or struggle with it regularly?

(I struggle with it regularly, and in several aspects of my life. It’s 100x easier to tell yourself, “snap out of it, you work hard and do well” than it is to actually feel that way.)

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11 thoughts on “Blogging Imposter Syndrome

  1. OMG this is so my life!!! I started to blog because I wanted to get on the Nuun Hood-To-Coast team and at that time they required you have a running blog. So I made one and wrote on it all the time. Lately I’m lucky to get a couple posts a month!!! I like it and the connections i’ve made with the people who read it!! I guess I have just gotten lazy! I like to sleep more these days and blogging cuts into my sleeping time!! 😉

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    • I love that Nuun got you into blogging! You’re one of the people I think of when I mention the little blogging community that I so enjoy. 🙂 I think it’s good to enjoy your leisure time, and if that means less blogging and more sleeping, that pays dividends in your quality of life. And you have a quality life for sure!

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  2. Congrats on making the list! For what it’s worth, I think your blog is great so it makes sense to me! 🙂 I know what you mean about those self deprecating blog thoughts. It’s so easy to give in to critical thoughts about your own blogging, especially when you’re a perfectionist. I have barely told anyone I know personally about my blog. And then I forbade those few to follow me or even write a comment on there. haha. I guess that’s what I like about blogging, the anonymity and to just have a place to talk about running. And I like the run blogging community too! I don’t have many friends who are seriously into running, especially not year after year like I am. So it’s nice to talk to people who like it more than a passing “bucket list marathon” sort of thing.

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    • I can so relate to what you’re saying about keeping your blog under wraps – I created a separate Twitter account for my blog and I never post blog-related posts to my personal Facebook. I think I fear that my blog may not meet real life friends’ expectations of me. But in the anonymous online world, I sometimes feel like I can be a true version of myself. You mentioned perfectionism, and I think that’s part of my insecurity as well. I would be too afraid to share these thoughts with people I see regularly. Thanks for being a part of this running-blogging community. I really treasure being able to let down my guard with you guys.

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  3. My blog is relatively new and I really enjoy reading, writing and sharing experiences – mostly running related with the community at large. Essentially normal people that care enough to take a few minutes to write some paragraphs instead of just a one line post to FB that tells the world they went for a run, or to the mall, or the beach, or wherever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against social media at all, it’s just been so cool to discover so many people that share the same spirit or passion for running but are willing to take the time to share and learn from each other – following these unique journeys is interesting and educational. Your blog is awesome no matter your approach and really cool you got picked by the feedspot list thingy 🙂 Keep it up, cheers!

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    • I totally agree with everything you said about this community. I also like it better than social media for the greater depth you get here. I love your blog, and I’m looking forward to continuing to follow your journey. Cheers!

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  4. So glad you posted about this!! I’ve had my blog for about 8/9 months so I’m still new. I find myself reading those same “tips for being a good blogger” articles on Pinterest and I’m like.. “what the heck, I do one or none of these things. I’m a fake.” But then people in real life tell me they enjoy reading my posts or that I’m funny or they like my writing style and that makes it all better. I don’t do it to be an expert blogger (although that would be neat), I do it because it was something I wanted to do and it makes me happy. Also, congrats on making the Feedspot blog list, that’s awesome!!!

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    • Thanks Shauna, and I’m so glad you found me. I’m looking forward to following your journey and laughing along with your sense of humor. I have to tell you – it’s so nice to hear other people feel this way too. And I think doing the blogging thing being true to what makes you happy and your own sense of humor has to be as satisfying, if not more satisfying, than getting a lot of praise.

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  5. Congratulations, this is awesome. I got into blogging because it is therapeutic for me to write and it is an outlet. And I most of the time shy away from the articles that tell me what I need to be doing to be a successful blogger, as they do make me as well feel like an imposter. 🙂

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