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**)
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.
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.
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.)