My Journey As A Blogger/Vlogger ~ Post #2

There is a lot to distract a person from their original intention.

I think we all, at some point, fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. In that moment, I question my original intentions and go looking in a completely wrong direction.

I know I brought this up, briefly, in another post but it is something I’m struggling with as a relatively new blogger/vlogger. I am sure others struggle with this as well.

Luckily, I caught myself (again) and I can go back to concentrating on what I ENJOY and not what I need to do to be “successful” because I don’t particularly feel excited about producing the same topics that I see being produced by a lot of other folks who actually are a lot more successful than me. I’m talking about those producing content that could coincide with my niche, I guess.

Actually, I’m still trying to define my niche.

I also don’t want to jump on the same bandwagon selling products I don’t care about and that quite a few other bloggers/vloggers are already selling. It reminds me of the old basket parties we had like tupperware but it was baskets. I forget the other products but there were a few. I hated those parties! I’m such a Black Sheep! I have a real hard time conforming, LOL!

Having said that, I have wondered if I could possibly produce or sell something to make a little money. It would be nice if I had a little something to fall back on if I get laid off. It could happen….

I know there is generally some type of formula that will make me a successful blogger/vlogger but I just can’t follow it. At least as I’ve seen it presented on You Tube, so far. I will be forging my own, independent path. This path will reveal itself as my journey progresses.

I love learning the hard way, it seems.

One thing I ALWAYS say is, don’t force it ~ It’s much better and more meaningful when it happens naturally.

I am already faking my way (and not doing that good a job of it ~ I’m a really bad liar/faker) through a corporate job. I refuse to fake my way and be phony baloney in something I started as a hobby for enjoyment.

My husband always says that if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll never work a day in your life.

I started out wanting to share and inspire others with my experiences of the things that give me joy, inspiration and hope. My home with my Husband, our cats, the nature and wildlife that surrounds us and some of the bad stuff, too, because that’s real. If I love what I’m doing and just concentrate on that and stay enjoying it, then I will be “successful” because that is what will make me happy.

I commit to not worrying about my stats and to concentrate on the beauty that I intended to capture in the first place.

I commit to working on improving my photography, my videography and writing from my heart.

Starting this blog and my vlog has energized me and also my husband as he likes to direct and has A LOT of good ideas. It makes me so happy that, even though it is behind the scenes, it gives him a chance to let his creativity flow and also that we are able to go on this journey together.

Anybody else share similar feelings?

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Yes definitely focus on one thing. And a few other things related to the one thing are probably fine. I got so carried away posting about different things that I feel a bit stressed out about it all. I changed my blog to be just about outdoors, cats, and gardening. And the health benefits of spending time outside. I never wanted to make money, but to just inspire others. My schedule has changed so we’re not going to be going on as many trips anymore like we were. I’m thinking about taking a break and focus on maybe doing volunteer work because sometimes people can be really rude online. You’re never sure of how others are perceiving you online and you can be easily misunderstood. And that is stressful for me as well.

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    1. Candice~Marie says:

      I’m sorry you are feeling stressed. Inspiring people is something that is important to me as well. Maybe you can write about your volunteer work, that is inspiring. I have taken breaks before, I’ve had two other blogs in the past, there are lots of different reasons to want to take a break and maybe come back refreshed after a little bit of time. That is one really big thing I’ve noticed that everyone brings up ~ How to handle on-line negativity. I have to say, that so far, it’s facebook that is the worst! For me, anyways. I am still working on how I’m going to handle it, my instinct is to just not acknowledge the negativity. I noticed the more successful a person is , the more they have to deal with it. It’s a shame.

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  2. ruthsoaper says:

    I know where you are coming from. My website started off as a place where people could learn about my handcrafted soaps – I have never been pushy about selling them but occasionally people will contact me about buying some. But my blog is about sharing information that might teach someone something our inspire. I often think I am writing about things I would still like to teach my kids even though they are grown. My husband is also involved behind the scenes, suggesting ideas and as proof reader and editor. When our kids were growing up his advice to them about career choices was “do what you love -the money will follow.”

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    1. Candice~Marie says:

      I think that’s great that you have your handcrafted soaps that ypu enjoy making and can sell. I completely respect that. Another person I follow on YouTube makes her own pillows and another makes her own jewelery inspired by nature. They are able to sell those items, I think it’s great and meaningful that all of you have a talent that you can produce things yourself like that. I don’t really have that type of talent (maybe my photos as prints, I don’t know yet). I don’t mind doing the affiliate links if I really like a product that I use around the house or in the garden. That’s another good one, do what you love and the money will follow. So true, I had forgotten that one!

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  3. Tanya says:

    You’re really talented and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun.

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    1. Candice~Marie says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m not sure I think of myself as talented. I am more like I have too many things I’m interested in to focus on one thing so I can be an expert at it. I must focus, I think! ๐ŸŒž

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