First, if you haven’t seen it yet, I’d really encourage you to pop over to Bibliolatry Me’s post on “Why do you blog?” That’s really what spurred this post! Lenore brings up some fantastic ideas that will have you pondering why YOU blog.
If you check out my comment, you’ll see where this post comes into play.
With other hobbies, we’re always trying to better ourselves
Think of any hobby besides reading/blogging. I’ll use baking as an example. Tons of people bake for fun. But every time they do it, they try to do it better than before. Bakers always want to improve their recipes, use better methods, and ultimately end up with a tastier result.
Or let’s look at athletics. If you enjoy running, you’re probably always trying to run harder, longer, and/or faster. You want to run a mile, a 5K, half marathon, marathon, etc.
We take pride in what we do
The idea is, no matter what we’re doing, we’re proud of it and always want to do it better. It’s not because we HAVE to or because we want to be THE BEST. It’s just because this is a personal journey and we want to do the best job we can… FOR OURSELVES.
Every time I design a website, I think about how I can make it better than my last design. It’s not because I’m “competing” with other designers, it’s just because I want to grow and change as a designer. I don’t want to always stay the same.
Every time I code a website, I look at my coding practices, methods, and file structures and think about how I can improve them or better streamline the process. That’s why I switched from using CSS to SCSS.
Are our blogs any different?
But then you look at blogs. People who want to get more followers and more page views are kind of seen in a negative light: “Oh, they’re just in it for the numbers… *grumble*” But I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I don’t see anything wrong with taking pride in your blog and wanting to make it the best you can. Wanting to write better blog posts and get more engagement on your blog isn’t much different from wanting to make better cookies that more people enjoy eating.
There’s nothing wrong with growth.
I think the only time that growth becomes a problem is when you OBSESS over it. If you turn it into a competition, that’s when people might see you as being too obsessed with numbers and that’s when YOU might start drowning under pressure. But if you look at your blog in terms of personal growth and just you wanting to succeed and expand with your own hobby, I don’t think there’s any problem with that! There’s nothing wrong with striving to be better and improving your writing/blogging/interaction. And as long as you get too obsessed, there’s no reason that you should be under any pressure.
I know that posting every day will lead to more traffic, because more posts = more page views. But I don’t force myself to do that. If I don’t have inspiration for a post, I don’t force it. It’s not the end of the world if I can’t whip out 7 posts per week. But even if I “fail” that point, I still try to always improve my blog posts, and pick topics that I think are really interesting. I want to be a better blogger, a better designer, a better coder, a better artist..
Blogging is a hobby, and it’s only natural to want to constantly improve how you handle it.