Running a blog can be really great and it has a lot of perks (doing what you love, practicing your creativity, meeting awesome people…). But it can also be a pretty tough ride. And kind of lonely. Especially when you’re just starting out.
That’s why the start of a new month can be so empowering.
You don’t just have to wait for January. A new month means a fresh start and a fresh perspective. You’ve got loads of determination and there’s a big sense of excitement about the opportunities that might happen.
Then comes the next new month. And the next. And that sense of excitement you used to feel starts to get gradually smaller (in a similar way to the beginning of our blogs).
The truth is, there’ll be many moments when you’ll want to give up on blogging. No matter how much you love it.
Setting up and maintaining your blog (or business even!) takes a lot of hard work, real effort and determination.
It involves experimentation, isolation and number stress, and for some of us, pressure from other people who say that we’re “wasting our time”.
There will be moments where you feel like you’re on your own. There will be moments where you feel like no one is reading your posts except you. And there will be moments when your workload becomes so insane that you go straight to burnout faster than you can say #flatlay.
This is why (in my opinion), anyone who doesn’t share the struggles of building a blog alongside a job/family/life is not being transparent enough and not being truthful to their community.
But there’s something important I want you to remember. Even when it feels like you’re never going to reach the top of the hill and it seems like nothing you’re doing is working - chances are, you’re still making progress with your blog.
Chances are, you’re still moving in the right direction.
And as one of my favourite sayings goes, progress is better than perfect.
Yeah right, Holly - I can see your eyes rolling from here, friend!
Well, I’m going to prove it to you.
These are twelve signs that you’re moving in the right direction with your blog and actually doing a fab job. Even if it doesn’t feel like it.