One thing I see a lot of bloggers struggling with is their ability to recognize awesome.
Not awesomeness in others, but the immense amount of success and awesome they are achieving themselves.
I get how hard it is. It is virtually impossible not to compare our blogs to others. You can’t help but notice when that other blogger who hasn’t been around quite as long surpasses you in pageviews or facebook likes.
It’s hard to view it all as a competition.
But the truth is, we all blog for different reasons. We all have different goals in mind both in the online world and the offline.
Sure, we want pageviews, we all want our voices to be heard. But beyond that our goals and reasons differ and our outcomes will too.
While one person is able to dedicate 8 straight hours a day to her blog, another may only be able to give it twenty minutes. Blogger A will almost certainly grow at a quicker rate than Blogger B, but they will both be successful.
Blogging success is not measured in numbers, it’s measured in goals.
If your goal is to encourage others through your words, then reaching 3 people today may have accomplished that.
If you seek to make enough money to send your child to preschool, then rejoice when you are able to do that, don’t count yourself a failure because some one else is sending their child to preschool and planning a disney vacation using their blog.
Be bold enough to say that You. Are. Awesome. Because you are reaching your dreams. Because you have the guts to say what they are, and then equip yourself with the tools you need to reach them.
The successes of another blogger do not diminish your own. Learn from the successes of other bloggers, yes. But don’t let the comparison game stop you from seeing your own awesome.
Set those goals. And then smash them. But take a moment to recognize that you are building your own dream and watching it come true before your very eyes. And that my friend, is awesome.