Don’t Be Your Own Worst Blogging Critic
September 20, 2007
I think it’s important to recognize your blogging mistakes and not be too slack with yourself. If you mess up you should try to correct your wrongs or at least realize what you did. I know that you should set goals for yourself and follow through with them. I know you shouldn’t be too lenient, but what about being too tough? Is it possible to be your own worst blogging critic?
Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Blogging
Let’s face it. All of us have the good days, and all of us have the bad days. But it’s the bad days most of us are more concerned with. What exactly could a bad day entail? It might involve writer’s block, making a lot of mistakes, or not producing as good quality of posts. It could even be a decent decrease in traffic or RSS readership. You might think it’s just you, but don’t worry, all bloggers go through it.
There are times when I’m having one of those bad days, and I feel like everything is all my fault. Instantly I jump on myself, saying if I did one thing or another differently things would be going better. But you know what? Not only does being your own worst critic not help at all, but it makes things worse.
Succeeding Starts With Believing
If you want others to believe in you, how are they going to if you don’t even believe in yourself a lot of the time? Succeeding starts with believing! You have to remember that sometimes things just happen, and none of us can be perfect, not even 1% of the time. If you make mistakes it IS good to recognize and do your personal best to fix them, but it’s not necessary to beat yourself up or be your own worst critic.
There are going to be other people out there, not only in blogging but in life as well, that are you going to do their best to bring you down for whatever reason. So be there for yourself and build yourself up! If you want to succeed, you’ve got to believe, work hard, and not tear yourself down. You’re never going to the best at everything. There’s always going to be someone who is a better writer than you or is better at building linkbait and generating traffic. And that’s not your fault, so don’t stress over it. Instead, focus on being a better blogger and a better person.
If you’re wondering why I’m writing this, it’s because I go through it too. I don’t beat myself up, but sometimes I feel down in the dumps or maybe a little ashamed because this blog hasn’t gone as far as it should in the amount of time it’s been up and running. I do know that I can always do better, but I’m not doing that bad to be honest with you. So do your best, focus on the ups and not the downs, and work on doing better and improving. Set goals for yourself and strive to reach them. But if things don’t always go as planned, remember: that’s how life works. Be your own #1 fan. :)