Hello lovely reader. Thanks for stopping by.

I am grateful to partner with several other bloggers in this post to share a message that many women today need to hear.

You are worthy. You are enough. You have something unique to offer.

Particularly on social media, people are bombarded with beautiful images- Instagram models, bloggers, and the highlights of other people’s lives. While social media has grown into a highly-creative world and space for self-expression, personal branding, and staying in touch friends and family, it has a dark side. That is comparison. The idea that someone else is more beautiful, successful, talented, and has a better life- or something that you want.

My friends and I often have “social media guru” conversions focusing on visual and personal branding. Something that almost always comes up is judgement and comparison to others through social media. A picture does say a thousand words, but does it say enough to know the full story?

As a blogger- whether it’s clear how many people or not in the beginning stages- you have a following of people who are paying attention to your message, style, and lifestyle you are promoting. Blogging is a wonderful platform to share your story and a message that you would like to express- going beyond sharing your personal style and lifestyle.

Between bloggers, there can be a sense of competition and comparison- regarding who has a bigger following, has collaborated with bigger brands, etc. Still, within the blogging community, there is a great amount of support and encouragement. Blogging is a unique industry because all bloggers have their own sense of style, career goals, and niche focus.

Comparing yourself to someone else will cause nothing but heartache and pain. Seeking improvement is always a good idea, as you move to the next stage of your development and evolution. However, while seeking to grow is good, there are some things you cannot change. There is a choice to love your imperfections or change them if you can- but no one is perfect.

Self-love takes effort, and in order to truly reach your full potential, see your desires manifest, and show anyone else love, you need to show yourself the love you deserve first. The truth is, beauty is on the inside, and often a true beauty has a few scars that she turns into something beautiful.

Voices of several influential bloggers

Samantha Bowers, The Fit Brunette Blog 
“For me personally, I try to remain very real with my content. I am a lifestyle and fitness blogger, so I post a lot of fitness and food photos. I always try to add value to my content so that my readers are gaining something from my post, not just simply looking at a photo. I may share a recipe or a workout, and they are ALWAYS 100% real. If I share a food photo, I really did create the recipe and I really did eat it. If I share a workout, I created the workout and I actually did it. I think it’s important to remain true to yourself as a blogger and share content that your readers can actually relate to, not just a made up lifestyle. 

I think sometimes it can be tempting to compare yourself to other bloggers, but you have to remember not to compare your chapter one with someone else’s chapter 20. A lot of bloggers have been woking diligently on developing their blog and brand for years, so it is important to remember that nothing happens over night, and a successful blog takes time, effort, quality content, and engagement. Comparison is the thief of joy, and blogging is meant to be fun and enjoyable, not something that makes anyone feel inadequate. I think as long as you are running your own race, sharing YOUR passions and staying true to YOUR style, you will be successful.”

Hunter Schleicher

“Social media is a wonderful, creative and ever-evolving world. Unfortunately it can also be a place that harbors comparison and feelings of self-doubt… I cannot stress the importance [of ending comparisons to others enough].  I constantly remind myself of the quote “comparison is the thief of joy.” My friends joke about my overuse of the saying but I truly believe that it can change your outlook. Focus on yourself, celebrate others and wonderful things will happen. My journey to self-love has wound a complicated path, but I am so thankful to be where I am today.”

“Since I was young, my mom has told me over and over to not compare myself to others. She has said, “Compare yourself to yourself.” This really just means living up to your full potential, and comparing your current self to the best “you” that you can be. As a new blogger, that phrase has been especially relevant. Never forget that your unique gifts and qualities are what make you who you are! Sitting around and wishing that we had the looks, talents, or number of followers of someone else is a waste of our time.”

Thought of the Day

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marriane Williamson
Have you ever compared yourself to other women? How did you overcome it? What helped you to feel more confident? What  kinds of self-care practices have been most beneficial to you? Let me know in the comments.  
 

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