Happy Monday, Friends! I hope this post finds you well.
This may sound super silly, but I didn’t know that there were SO many food bloggers out there until I became a food blogger myself. Okay, I mean… I knew there were many, but to the degree that I’m discovering is beyond what I originally comprehended. I bet the amount of stars in our night’s sky will reflect the number of food Instagrammers/bloggers on earth. Don’t mark my words in concrete or tattoo it on your lower back, but my approximation is spot on.
Once in a blue moon, I would get discouraged. The discouragement stems from putting me and popular foodies in a Venn Diagram that displays our differences and similarities. I won’t lie; there are no pretty thoughts when this occurs. My feathers would get extremely ruffled when I look at their number of likes, followers, interaction, subscribers, or how amazing their photos are. I would wonder why I am pursuing this if I am just going to get unnoticed in this infinite abyss of foodies.
It’s all about mastering the mental somersault. It is unhealthy and very unnecessary to compare. Because c’mon, the disapproval and criticism are all in my head. Nobody can undo this thinking better than I can. Seriously, all those Instagrammers/bloggers earned all those followers and likes. If anything, they inspire me to keep going because it reminds me that I’m completely capable of attaining that as well. So instead of thinking negatively, I safely redirect myself to a positive, sunny path filled with positive affirmations.
My Advice To Those Who Goes Through This
It would be the same advice I’d give myself- don’t compare yourself to others, but rather celebrate your courage and efforts in pursuing your dreams. It’s a waste of time to mope as nothing good ever comes from it. Instead, channel that energy to be constructive. I look at successful Instagrammers/bloggers and try to learn what they are doing that is working. For example, I see many of them build interaction with their readers/followers by calling them to action. They do this by asking questions or saying things such as “like, share, comment, or tag a friend.” These little steps make all the difference and it is something I’ve been doing more often. Do you see what I mean? Always choose productivity over negativity.
Last but not least, be kind to yourself. This has been something I’ve been better at these days. Sometimes, I slice a moment out of my day to admire my blog/Instagram and highlight the things I love about it. Giving myself positive, yet genuine affirmations helps sustains my positive outlook. If I see something that I don’t like, then I’ll take appropriate actions to change it. For example, I spent hours perfecting every details of my site – the colors, background, widgets, etc. And when this was done, I would go back to admire my work once again. I work hard on The Static Food Bin and nobody knows that more than I do. So I learned that this journey is more enjoyable when I celebrate my efforts rather than discredit it.
I want to share these thoughts if there are people who can relate to my situation. To some extent, I hope this message sparks encouragement to all my fellow food bloggers. Pat yourself in the back and do not give up.