In a consumerist culture, “more” is usually best. But what if “more” isn't the best for you?
There is a lot of help out there for bloggers who want to make it big time. You can go as far as you like, provided you're hungry for success, driven to make things happen, and have that game-changing idea. So, why isn't everyone at the “top?” It's not for lack of quality, passion, or even talent that is stopping people from becoming the next big thing… conscious or not, it's the point a person reaches when they have achieved “enough.”
Why do I say, “conscious or not?” It's easy to say “I want to go big.” But in reality, going big may not be what you really want. I know this from experience. Sometimes I feel like I could have pushed my blogs to the top, but held back. It wasn't conscious at the time, but looking back, and also looking at where I am now… it's easy to see the choices I made to achieve just the right amount of success. It turned out, while becoming a mega-popular blogger sounded nice, all the work and trappings that went with it was not my cup of tea. I see this happen with bloggers all the time. Ones that say they want to be professional, but don't develop business plans. Personal style bloggers say who want to be “popular” but don't want to invest in photography.
Our culture encourages us to go for “the gold,” but success doesn't look the same for everyone. Here's how you know you're happy with where you are with your blog.
You're “Too Busy” to Do More
Trust me. If you really, really wanted to do more for your blog, you would find the time. There were times I would work 18 hours a day on my blog and felt it wasn't enough. I would not go out with friends, certainly miss everything on TV, and spend all my time online promoting my blogs. It was a passion. Nowadays, I want to spend time with my family and friends, and time for the blog seems to take another priority. There are times when I know things have to get done for the blog and I go back into obsession mode. But the truth is, we can all make time if we really wanted to.
If you're overwhelmed, you've taken on too much. It's ok, we all need to test our limits. There have been times I've bitten off more than I can chew and found myself crying on the keyboard at 4AM not getting everything the blog needed to be done. But if you're feeling overwhelmed all the time, it means something isn't right. You're trying to please too many people, you're spinning too many plates and you're not enjoying it. Take a step back, because the internet will always be there. You don't have to say yes to everything.
You Turn Down “Opportunities” Even Good Ones
This summer, after I had my baby and was (and still am) trying to juggle taking care of a new baby and running two blogs, I dropped the ball on a few very cool potential clients. Like, disappeared and not answered any of their follow up emails. I still feel bad about it, but I was overwhelmed (see above) and couldn't handle it. Truth be told, I disclosed to everyone that I had a new baby and couldn't take on as much work… but still. Turning down opportunities, even the ones that sound amazing is a sign that you're at your limit with your blog's success. It's ok. There are only 24 hours in a day, and you need to keep your sanity.
You're Happy With Where You Are
No matter where your are with your blog, being happy with it is the most important element to longevity. There is a difference between being happy with your blog and being happy with where you are with your blog. You may love your blog, but have this burning desire to do more with it. But if you are happy with where you are with your blog, you may think of things you might like to do, but if you're not taking any actions to make it happen, it's a sign that you are happy with where you are. That's ok! You've achieved what you wanted achieve.
There is nothing better than being happy with where you are.
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