I recently mentioned in my monthly favourites post for last month that I was feeling proud of the content I produce here. Well, you might say that you should always be proud of any content you put together. But sometimes, you’re not. Sometimes you look back at it a week later and think “could I have done better?” or even worse, “another blogger could have/ has done that better”.
It’s a dangerous way of thinking, but we can’t help it. Sometimes, it pushes us to be better which is great – but often it kills that spark that enables you to continue creating.
Why is it that I’m currently feeling proud of the content on my blog? It’s certainly not a big increase in visitors because my traffic levels have stayed about the same. It’s not the ability to create more consistently, because I do still struggle with that.
No, it’s because I have made a conscious effort to pour more of me into the words I type.
Instead of writing what I think needs to be written, I’ve written honestly about my thoughts, feelings and experiences. I’ve been doing that for a long time, developing my “voice” here – but it hit me just a week or so ago that the voice is ready. I’m done spending too much time reading other blogs that have a different voice and thinking that maybe if I tried to be more like them then I would feel better about the content I put out.
I’ve also subconsciously been including more photos of myself on my blog, which naturally makes my content more authentic, but it also shows that I have become more confident in myself. I may not be the size 10 I want to be, and I may desperately need a haircut, but fuck it. This is me, and this is my space on t’internet.
So if you’re not feeling proud of the content you’re producing, here’s a few tips to help you out.
Read less blogs
Yep. Really. Start reading your blog more instead. What is it you do like, and don’t like about the content you’re producing now, or have produced in the past? Let that guide you as to the direction to take, instead of what others are doing.
When you get bogged down in what others are doing, you judge yourself too harshly. The only person you should be comparing yourself to is past you.
Put yourself out there
I know it’s easier said than done, but I am most proud of the posts like *this one*, and *this one* because I put myself out there and just told it how it is. They may not have had the most comments or visitors, but that’s not what it’s all about.
I’ve always wanted this blog to be a bit like a diary, and these outpourings of my thoughts are the ones that I will look back in weeks, months or maybe even years and be proud of them.
Measure your stats
I totally appreciate that this might be slightly controversial – but hear me out. I’ve been recording my blog stats month on month for a few months now and although not all of the numbers are going upwards each month, I am able to look at the metrics that are improving and pinpoint why.
For example, I have been making more of an effort on social media to find new bloggers to follow, and have also been breaking up my self-promo tweets. I can see it’s making a difference, because my number of followers has increased each month.
Instead of bringing yourself down that your traffic may have slightly dropped, focus on the positive changes and allow yourself to be proud – and even a little bit smug.
Are you proud of your blog content?