Blogging comparison will probably steal the very heart of the reason you do what you do!
We started this blog as a way to….. potentially…..eventually…….hopefully, bring in some additional money while the Mister was unemployed. It was January 2013, we took the plunge.
There are all sorts of “setup WordPress in 5 min promises”, but DON’T LISTEN!!! They have pants that are currently on FIRE! Or maybe we just didn’t have the tech knowledge behind us. What some can set up in 5 min….. took us months (with a few tears to boot)!!!
About the time we started to really feel like maybe we could do something with this…like in August…hahahha (no seriously!), we got the word about a job in Oregon.
We needed to move a home we lived in for 12 years in two weeks. Did I mention I, Salvage Sister, was working another job? And had two kids that just started school (Yep, Arizona starts school at the beginning of August…..Why not? It’s only 7000 degrees).
It was already so discouraging to have this journey take so long and now it was delayed again.
The BIGGEST HURDLE was seeing all the other bloggers continue with their work. SOME WERE EVEN MOVING LIKE WE WERE and journaling every bit of it in beautiful detail.
How do they do it?
Beautifully stacked boxes, a video of their new home, a lovely blog post about their fun journey…HUH?
Well, Mr. Twain, I believe you are correct when you say:
'Comparison is the death of joy.'
Isn’t that just what can be wrong with social media?
It seems so perfect for “them”. If we could only decorate, cook, clean, be organized, travel, and yes BLOG just like them. But do we know the full story?
THE TRUE STORY!
Recently on Facebook, a person asked, “How does Joanna Gaines do it all?”
I have come to learn, there is no way we could know what her life is like, or anyone else’s unless we are side by side. When we see the years before and the previous choices made. We look day in and day out and see what is done and what is left undone.
I wasn’t able to post, for my own sanity, while moving. And the realistic part was, we barely had any real blogging knowledge, no photography skill, not a lot of tech skills, no graphic design skill……..why did we pick blogging again?
We were learning everything, while packing up, selling our stuff, removing two kids from the only home they remembered, saying goodbye to friends and co-workers, etc. The question wasn’t really why we couldn’t blog, but how we kept sane.
One of the keys, I believe to simple living, and our mission here is to do the best and find contentment in whatever situation you find yourself~
…do the best with what you have.
We did the best, we could, under our circumstances, and know that our journey is not someone else’s.
Is there a situation you need to come to realize you are doing the best you can?
Stop letting comparison steal your joy in blogging or any other part of your life cause you are doing the best you can and this is your journey.
At the time I wrote this, it was a mystery to me reading other bloggers post while moving.
Now that I have been blogging for a little over a year I know many successful bloggers have VA’s (Virtual Assistants), they already had a system in place to blogging (not starting a blog right before you ended up moving), and they scheduled some posts.
These are just a few answers that I got to the question I had. I didn’t have the tools in place to do what I saw other bloggers doing and that’s okay. I also didn’t have the full story as I stated…THEIR STORY!
THE ANSWERS WERE THERE, IT JUST TAKES TIME TO FIGURE THEM OUT!
I hope you will be encouraged today to –
- Continue on YOUR path
- Learn and grow at the pace you are comfortable with
- Know that answers will come in time
- Comparison will always rob your joy!
HERE ARE SOME OTHER RESOURCES ON YOUR BLOGGING JOURNEY:
great post. We had a conversation the other day about if we would be willing to sell our house if we needed too…things have gotten very tight financially and we just don’t know what the future holds. I told my hubby that as much as I love our home, I’d rather sell and go smaller than have to work more than one job and never see each other or our family. Life is in an interesting spot right now.
Salvage Sista says
Kristin, I pray an abundance of blessings on your family! I have seen all the work you have put into that home and know that decision would not be an easy one. I am so sorry you guys are having a tough time. May God’s peace surrounding you and your family while you work through this. I know, that I know, that I know He will never leave you and promises GREAT plans for you!!!!!!!!
Rosie Miller says
Hi Deb, Tom & Boys. I was surprised & happy to see your blog last week. I don’t think I gave you my e-mail address so I am just writing to say Hi….Love–Rosie