How to be Happy with Your Blog… No Matter What

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I'm no expert in happiness. In fact, I've battled depression most of my life, being in a state of glee is not my natural state. So in a sense, I might be an expert in finding happiness, in my own personal way.

When it comes to blogging, it's easy to get lost in the abyss of things that need to get done, readership that needs to be built, comment counts that need to increase, and the list goes on. It can often seem like it's never enough to merely blog, in the race to get to the top, or even to get noticed. So that's what I'm here to do, to help you stop that talk right now.

The key to being happy with your blog is not really related to the level of success you achieve.

Sometimes it can be, which is great, but  too often bloggers “make it” only to complain about being too busy, too tired and overwhelmed. So then, does success seem to be worth it? Who knows. Ultimately the ones who seem the happiest with their blogs are the ones who see themselves doing meaningful work, making progress, and having a sense of purpose.

A sense of purpose with your blog can exist with external success or without it.

A sense of purpose with your blog can exist with external success or without it. From day one, you can have purpose with your blog, and as long as you stick to your sense of purpose (however that “purpose” evolves over time) you will be content with the work you do. Find meaning in your work, you will want to take care of it, grow, become better and no matter what happens on the outside, you'll find happiness when you're working on it.

Every day, ask yourself, “What is my blog's purpose today?” And when you answer that, you might find it easier to find your happiness as well.


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14 Responses

  1. Kate @ Two Take on Style

    I think is so important when you are just getting started too – like I am. I get so caught up in how to get popular and well-known fast, but it’s important to enjoy what you are doing FOR THE SAKE OF DOING IT – the rest will come.

  2. Lauren - Slowburn Fastburn

    Lovely article! I don’t measure the success of my blog by pageviews or comment but rather by how I feel when I look back over it. If it makes you happy, it’s worth it!


  3. Tese

    Wow! This article couldn’t have come at a better time. I was just sitting here bummed about not having “followers” or just a decent number of comments on my posts…I’m a newbie as well; and I think sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the numbers and lose focus of the purpose. Thanks for the shaking me back into reality. Lol

  4. Kerry

    I agree with Tese, this article really couldn’t have come at a better time. I have picked up my little blog sporadically and discontinued it again a few times over the last year. Recently, I thought SOD IT; I’m going to write things that make me happy and create a little space that I’m proud of. Reading this just enforced that for me. Thank you!

  5. sobrina

    So true, I honestly enjoy my blog, and sometime get little tickle from putting myself out there. I really don’t have too much expectation. I am a serious on line shopper and found myself purchasing stuff from blogs suggestions and so I was inspired to do my own. I think this article holds true for almost anything you do in life you have to enjoy it first.

  6. Aurie

    Wow. Thank you for this post. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I definitely needed this pick me up as I approach my 9th year in the blog world.

  7. Barbara

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this post Jennine. Sometimes I do get overwhelmed in the building readership and all that and forget what the sole reason for starting my blog. Thanks so much and I promise that whatever happens and even if I don’t make it to being one of the top Nigerian beauty bloggers, I will be very happy with my blog. In the short period it has being in existence, it sure has made me and a few other people happy,
    Lagos, Nigeria

  8. Emily

    Great article, Jennine! This is such a great point. It’s far too easy to get caught up in numbers, stats & traffic – blogging becomes so much more fun when you keep what you’re passionate about in mind.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  9. nionvox

    I totally needed this today. I was lamenting and comparing myself to other people’s success, which is kinda silly 😛

  10. Maria Losch

    I too get caught up in the “stuff” and glad that you left me with something I wrote on a post-it, now on my computer “what is my blog’s purpose today”… LOVE IT!! xo, M

  11. Nasreen

    I love blogging and fashion but it’s definitely easy to lose your sense of purpose especially if you’re reaching for success. There’s so many blogs out there sometimes you feel irrelevant! I think if people remembered to just enjoy blogging the way they started out, there’d be a lot more happy bloggers out there 🙂