Discovering My Own Purpose and Value in Blogging

Ever since I made the goal of not giving up on my dream, which is to create an online community for twenty somethings, I've dedicated a lot of time to trying to figure out my plan of action. As someone who can't so much as clean her apartment without making a list, I like to have a set of steps to follow, milestones to reach and ways to define what success means to me.



Lately I've been very overwhelmed by it all, especially with so many bigger and more popular blogs to compare my little space on the internet to. Even though I totally understand that these bloggers have been doing it for longer, have more time, or are at times just more interesting than me, it can be hard to motivate myself to publish something knowing I get a fraction of the page views they do. And for anyone who says that page views aren't everything, that may be true, but if I didn't care about how many people read my writing I'd publish it all on a private blog.

So much of my weekends are spent reading everything I can about how to create a successful blog. The most popular topics circling the internet right now is that I need to create a newsletter, offer a product, provide value. This may all be true, and even with my love for lists, it can be tiring to post list after list of how to get a job, get over a guy and decorate your space. Don't get me wrong, I love my blog and the content on it, but sometimes a girl just wants to spill her guts to strangers on the internet.

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After a lot of thinking I figured out what I have that makes me unlike the other millions of blogs out there. Me.

My personality, my experiences, my thoughts and opinions are something that no blogger out there has. The advice that I give should be applicable to everyone (or most everyone), but the personality behind it will always be uniquely mine. For someone who preaches about wanting to connect with other twenty something about how hard adulting can be, I don't often share the awkward moments I experience in my day to day life.

My content will stay the same and my purpose is still the same, the only thing that will change are more details of my personal life will be woven into posts, plus some extra posts that are completely dedicated to the twenty something experience. Now that I've figured out that my perspective of trying to enjoy life in the city is the value my blog provides, it's a little easier to not have to worry about what my reader is taking away from reading a post. My writing doesn't have all the answers because frankly I don't have all the answers, but I promise to share any I find along the way.



Are you a blogger? If so, how do you deal with blog on blog jealousy, plus, what's one thing you have to offer that no one else does?



P.S. Are you a twenty something that isn't sure if you're living the dream or just surviving it? Click here to learn more on how you can connect with other twenty somethings on Instagram who know the struggle of trying to figure out how to adult while also eating popcorn for dinner one night a week.

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  1. Yaaaas, girl! I totally feel you on this one. I am in the same boat. I don't know what makes me different yet, just trying to figure it out one blog post at a time! The blogs I love the most are honest and real so I'm just trying to follow their example by staying true to myself and not forcing anything.

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    1. I totally agree, my favorite blogs are sometimes all over the place but I love them for it. I am all for pushing through those tough weeks/months when you feel like you dont know what you're doing until you figure it out!

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  2. This is the advice we all know is true, but it's so hard to live it out. I am also a blogger and I fight comparison by reminding myself that I have an awesome life! Sometimes you just gotta remember there are people out there who want what we have!

    I know I have unique things to say about pursuing dreams and fighting for social change. But I'm definitely still finding my voice...

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    1. I am definitely guilty of comparing myself to bloggers who have perfect homes, pets, etc. My only advice is to find other bloggers who share similar interests and you can all motivate one another during tough moments

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  3. This is so relatable when it comes to blogging, but honestly, I think it is possible to feel like this in all areas of our lives. Comparison isn't an easy thing to get over, no matter what the topic is. For me, I think I have a positive message to offer people, so even if my blog only reaches one person who needs to hear it, it'll be worth it!

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    1. I feel the same way! If my post only reaches one person who really needs it that's totally okay with me. I'm studying counseling so I'm all about helping one person at a time.

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  4. I love this post and I totally agree about feeling overwhelmed! Stay true to yourself is something I always go by. There are so many people that will either love your blog, or won't connect - either way I'm learning its all fine and to go along for the ride. I think for me, it's progressing at the right rate and it really is about the effort you put in and working smarter not harder with everything blog related! Great post and I look forward to reading more about your adventures! :)

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