When it comes to blogging, sometimes I can't help but compare myself to other bloggers. I'm not talking about comparing the quality of food photos or aesthetics of site design. I'm talking about numbers—pageviews, Pinterest followers, Facebook fans and the like. I'll be going along, happy with my blog and its slow but steady growth and then BAM! I hear about someone's bazillion pageviews or thousands of likes on an Instagram post and all of a sudden I'm frustrated and ever so disheartened.
Apparently I didn't listen to my own advice when I shared my thoughts about how dumb it is to compare ourselves with others because I'm doing it again. And that's dumb because I know better.
While millions of pageviews—and a six-figure salary—would be awesome, that kind of success requires 40+ hours of work a week, a serious editorial calendar, a virtual assistant (or two) and probably more caffeine than I have on tap. Kudos, props and double fist bumps to the bloggers who do it and make it look easy. Many of them are dear friends; I so admire their dedication to the craft.
But I'm so not interested in that level of crazy, not when I have kids who need a cheerleader at swim meets, rides to the Humane Society for volunteer hours, a chaperone at Cub Scout camp and visits to the library for another batch of Amelia Bedelia books.
Granted, there are bloggers out there who do all that and manage a super successful blog. I raise my Route 44 Diet Coke and toast your awesomeoness. You deserve those millions of pageviews and thousands of fans. For reals.
I totally don't because I'm not willing to exist in that level of crazy. It's not my thing.
At least not yet; ask me again when I'm an empty nester.
And that is why, as of the writing of this post, I'm officially okay with my numbers.*
If all that doesn't work, I'm simply going to remember the awesome opportunities that have come my way despite those smaller numbers (Hollywood, Italy, New York City) and ask myself what the crap I'm complaining about.
* Good news, Tauni and Steph! That means no more disgruntled late-night texts!
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