Unfortunately, there are lots of things that are capable of robbing a blogger of their joy.
Do you know what happens to a blogger who has their joy stolen?
They end up losing their zeal to blog (And, that is a bad thing because the blogger could end up abandoning their blog).
So, without further ado, let us explore some of the things that could steal a blogger’s joy.
1.) Comparing Your Blog To Others
Dear friend, it is unwise to compare your blog to the other blogs in the blogosphere because it could lead to unhappiness.
In reality, you will discover blogs that are prettier looking than yours, blogs that contain way better content than yours and blogs that are updated way often than yours.
Instead of getting depressed, angry or jealous, do keep in mind that there are bloggers who are more skilled and more experienced than others.
Therefore, if you only started blogging a few days ago, do not expect to be on par with the blogger who has been blogging for three years.
Even though it is clear for you to see that there is a lot of room for improvement, never say to yourself, “I am not good enough!”
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that you are good enough to learn (And, you will learn more about blogging as time goes along).
I want you to remember that the well-experienced bloggers were inexperienced bloggers at some point in their lives (They gradually acquired their blogging skills over a period of time).
So, the wise thing to do is to continue learning at your own pace.
There will come a time when you will become one of the well-experienced bloggers (And, you can pass on what you have learned to the inexperienced bloggers).
I do not compare my blog to other blogs because I view my blog as being unique.
As a matter of fact, I adhere to the belief that all blogs should be unique.
2.) Believing That You Are A Failure
Never make the mistake of believing that you are a failure.
The only time you fail is when you give up and if you are giving blogging your best figurative shot, you are not a failure.
It is a sad fact, that there are certain so-called blogging experts that tend to make other bloggers feel as though they are failures.
And, how did some of those so-called blogging experts go about making other bloggers feel like failures?
They told them that they should never waste their time blogging on WordPress.com.
Those so-called blogging experts solely believe in blogging on WordPress.org (The self-hosted version of WordPress).
For the record, I have nothing against WordPress.org; after all, it is ideal for those people who wish to run a business-related blog and have it monetized from day one.
However, if a blogger simply wants to have a bit of fun with running a personal blog, they can do so on WordPress.com or on any blogging platform that they desire.
Many years ago (during my time over on Blogger), a woman from India said to me, “If you are serious about blogging, you should blog on WordPress.org.”
At the time, I had no intentions of making a living from blogging.
Today, I still do not have any intentions of making an income via blogging.
My blog is a personal blog and it is not mandatory for me to go in the direction of the self-hosted route.
However, if I were to venture into the area of business, I would set up a blog on WordPress.org.
Is it right to belittle a blogger for blogging on WordPress.com?
“No, ” is the obvious answer.
To be most straightforward with you, a blogger has a lot more freedom on WordPress.org; they can customize their blog to their heart’s content.
The tricky aspect of being self-hosted is that you need to choose a reliable hosting provider along with a plan that is most suitable for your blog or online business.
I have read numerous articles from people who had bad experiences with hosting companies like Bluehost and Hostgator.
The good news is that there are many hosting companies and plans to choose from.
And most importantly, I do not want to discourage anyone from going self-hosted.
In all honesty, self-hosted blogs are not for everyone.
Believe it or not, there are bloggers who left WordPress.com to go over at WordPress.org and they came right back to WordPress.com.
And, of course, there are those bloggers who are doing rather well on WordPress.org.
Also, a lot of blogs have failed over at WordPress.org (Their owners gave up on them).
Dear friend, I want you to know, that anyone can have a successful blog at any part of the blogosphere (Provided that the blogger is willing to put out the necessary work).
And, never allow anyone to make you feel as though you are a second-class blogger.
3.) Not Blogging About The Things That Are Of Interest To You
For starters, it is your blog (And, that in itself gives you the right to post about whatever that is of interest to you).
Some bloggers went with certain niches because of their high level of popularity (But, not all of the bloggers that chose to go with those popular niches are genuinely interested in them).
Do you know what happens to a blogger when they end up going with a niche that they are not interested in?
They end up getting bored!
If they went along with a niche that they were truly interested in, they would be ecstatic.
Also, it is a thousand times easier to create content for a blog that is based on a niche or a topic that you are genuinely passionate about.
So, please save yourself the unnecessary trouble by posting things on your blog that you are sincerely interested in.
4.) Endorsing Products That You Do Not Believe In
No blogger should ever endorse products that they do not believe in.
However, there are some bloggers who do not mind endorsing a product that they do not believe in (They do it with the intentions of paying off some type of debt).
Endorsing a product that you do not believe in is akin to selling your soul.
Most people expect bloggers to be honest where reviews are concerned and when you endorse a product that you do not believe in, you are being deceitful (And, deceitful bloggers do end up losing their credibility in the end).
You are better off endorsing products that you are in full agreement with and your viewing audience deserves to know the truth at all times.
If you are getting paid to do something, it might as well be in alignment with your values.
Besides, bloggers who are in touch with their authenticity will only endorse products that they believe in.
5.) Overworking Yourself
Overworking yourself is definitely out of the question.
Because it would lead to you being burnt out.
Also, you cannot perform at your best if you are burnt out.
So, to avoid being burnt out, I highly recommend that you read my article, 6 Ways To Prevent Blogger Burnout.
Dear friend, you are of no use to anyone in the blogosphere in a burnt out state of mind.
So, choose a blogging schedule that is most suitable for you and stick with it.
6.) Attempting To Create Content For Your Blog When You Are Hungry
It is a waste of time creating content for your blog when you are hungry (Unless your blog post is based on hunger pangs).
For starters, you should not create content for your blog when you are hungry because your mind would be solely focused on food consumption.
If you manage to become hungry while you are creating content for your blog, take a break and look for something to eat — preferably something along the lines of a nutritionally balanced meal.
Low blood sugar levels will make anyone who does not eat on time a bit cranky.
So, do not even dream of creating content for your blog when you are hungry.
7.) Not Having An Electronic Device To Blog On
Not having an electronic device to blog on can be a blogger’s worst nightmare.
Unfortunately, not everyone has two computers at their disposal (Some people only own one).
A few years ago, my laptop computer behaved strangely; it switched right off every time I turned it on (Back then, I thought that I had technical issues with my laptop computer; but I was relieved when I found out that the issue stemmed from my degrading laptop power supply cord).
At the time, I borrowed an HP laptop computer from a friend of mine (And, that enabled me to get my quota of blogging done).
Today, I can use my Android smartphone as a backup device (It will be utilized for blogging purposes the day that I am having technical difficulties with my laptop computer).
Do you have a backup plan in place?
Do you have a spare electronic device that you can use to get your quota of blogging done?
Luckily, most people own smartphones and those electronic devices can be used to create and publish blog posts (It might appear a bit daunting for a lot of people, but it is possible to get your quota of blogging done on your smartphone).
The seven things that I mentioned has the potential of stealing a blogger’s joy, but as you have learned there are effective methods of counteracting those things.
By the way, I highly doubt that you are the type of blogger who would allow those things that I mentioned to steal your joy because you are not going to give up without a fight.
Always keep in mind, that there is a solution for every problem imaginable.
And as always, thank you for checking out, Renard’s World.
Love and light, my friend.