Every blogger has to start somewhere. First you start with writing posts, developing content and reaching out to other bloggers. At first you may reach five people, then 30 and some days even a 1000 fellow bloggers and visitors.
In the meantime, you come across many others who seem to have always better posts, more followers, better ideas, more success.
Now, stop right there! Thoughts of comparing yourself to other bloggers are natural; we want to know what others are doing and how good we are compared to them. But have you considered these important facts when detecting jealousy?
Stop comparing yourself to others!
There is a reason why people say, there is no need to compare your start to someone else´s middle. Meaning, if you are six months into blogging, you can´t compare yourself to a blogger who is in the business for five years.
Think about the facts that make you feel envy. Is it the amount of followers, is it a specific content? Maybe a certain style or design?
In that case, the solution is simple! Try to adapt to that style, try to figure out what that blogger does that you just haven´t discovered yet.
Embrace your feelings but don´t let them overwhelm you! It is important to understand, that feeling jealous is part of being in a community where the competition is always noticeable. A fellow blogger constantly posts about new hauls, new events they went to? Well, then you know what to do next! Stay away from negative commenting and badmouthing other bloggers as it is never an option and won´t help you to succeed. Instead, set goals for yourself!
Turn the jealousy into motivation!
Getting motivated for your next haul or getting motivated to reach out to PR agencies to get invited as well – that should be your next step!
Key is to recognize what it is that bothers you, acknowledge it and work with it! Turn the jealously into appreciation for the more successful blogger and try to learn from them as much as you can!
In the blogging community things change quickly. Consider it a constant playground for bloggers to reach out to each other, get acknowledged and receive appreciation. The search for new and upcoming bloggers is constant. Why not use that to your advantage? Discover a new niche or a new way of approaching your readers and the success will come. Even if it takes a while, it is important to find challenges that keep you motivated. That might involve, turning envy into respect.
How do you deal with jealousy amongst the blogger community? Do you have a strategy? Let us know in the comment section below!