Good Enough

Yesterday I had a little blogging crisis.  Well, maybe that’s overly dramatic.  But I just had this moment when I thought, “Why am I doing this?” 

I constantly struggle with defining my blogging goals.  Sure it would be great to have a large following, to write a book, to make money.  But realistically…  Where can this go? 

200 MILLION blogs are floating out there in the interwebz.  Am I silly to think that anyone might care about what I’m writing?

I began blogging by telling myself that it was a good way to fill time between phone calls at work.  So, it didn’t matter if I was any good at it, or if anyone read it.  Because it was just a way to pass time.

I’ve been blogging for seven months now and I still have no idea what I’m doing…  I’m constantly worrying that my blog doesn’t look good enough, my content isn’t unique enough, my writing isn’t funny enough, I’m not networking enough….       I’m not good enough.

And like an answer to my question, something happened last night.

As I was obsessively checking my stats, I saw that someone had found my blog by searching “cowboy casserole cornbread.”  Okay, I’ve gotten several Google hits since I made the move to WP but I’ve never been able to figure out where my post ranked.  However, this time I was on the first page of search results.

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may know that I’m not particularly religious.  But I do certainly believe that there is something out there greater than all of us.  And that everything happens for a reason.

It sounds ridiculous now, but it was like a sign.  I felt reassured.  And just maybe I was doing something right.  And while blogging is just a hobby right now, maybe I could go somewhere with this someday.  And even if I never become a big ‘ol fancy blogger, I can at least enjoy the successes I do have.

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12 Responses to Good Enough

  1. Julie says:

    Ah, sweet success! Congrads.

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi! Following you from the Tuesday blog hop! I Hope you visit my Cajun blog and return the follow!
    – Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

  3. very well said! The best thing to do is just be yourself.Write to show your personality and the things you enjoy. You can’t go wrong that way. I’m your new follower from Totally Tuesday and I’m not just following you to get a follow back. I only follow the blogs I know I will read. And this post was so honest and real, I know I will enjoy reading more. Have a lovely evening!
    http://www.mccormickmadness.com

  4. Kim says:

    I have low self-esteem. More specifically, low sew-esteem. As many blogs as there are there seems to be just as many sewing shops doing just what I’m doing. It can be discouraging, that’s for sure. Keep it up!

    • Jen says:

      Why do we always compare ourselves to others?? It doesn’t serve any purpose except to make us feel bad…

      So many people love what you do, and who cares if you’re not the only one? You are immensely talented and I’m sure your business will only continue to grow. I <3 k. mae!

  5. Visiting from Follow Me Chickadee :) now following you on Twitter. Really like your style!

  6. Hopping by to follow you! Come follow me?

  7. Crystal says:

    You stopped by my blog when I was feeling this same way and helped me feel better. I had a crisis with my blog design where everything went wrong and I had to start all over AND learn to format with CSS and html when I have NEVER done anything with the two. I have worked hard and was feeling down and as if my blog didn’t look good enough. Your words, “the blog looks great,” helped me feel better because they came to me at the perfect moment. Even though I blog for myself, it is always great to hear that at least one person enjoys what I have done.

    I here now to tell you that I appreciate what you have done. I have a list in my head of the blogs I consider “big” and you’re on it. I see the dear mommy brain name every where. You’re a celebrity blog to me. Keep doing what you are doing!

    Crystal

    • Jen says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. They almost brought tears to my eyes! When you are constantly looking at your stats (which I know everyone says not to do) and comparing yourself to other blogs, it’s hard to not think that you’re just embarrassing yourself. But I guess we are always our own toughest critic.

      And thanks for the boost of confidence… The funny thing is that I look at your blog and think that you’re the big time blogger! You’ve got such a strong following and I love how cute, funny, and real your posts are. And even though you blog for yourself, know that what you’re writing is important and that it impacts your readers. Thanks for everything you do!

      Jen

  8. Emily says:

    It will all come into place. When I started blogging I worried also, I worried no one would find my blog or follow me but I stuck it out, learned along the way, and it all worked out!

    If you want you can check out the new social network for bloggers, it’s a new community where bloggers get together to talk about blogging. You can meet other members, get some new followers, share blogging tips and ideas- it’s brand new but has a lot to offer!

    http://www.blogaholicnetwork.com

    Best of luck!

    Oh and I am a new follower! :)

    • Jen says:

      Thanks for the supportive words… The last couple weeks have definitely been a struggle since I migrated to WP. I will totally check out the Blogaholicnetwork, though!

  9. I think we’ve all felt this way. As I slowly see more people read my blog it makes me feel better. When people talk to me about a story I mentioned on the blog it makes me feel like I am doing something right.