I’m almost two years into My Healthyish Life and I still don’t know what I’m doing.
There, I said it.
But do any of us? I’m guessing/hoping no. For example, I feel blogger’s guilt for the most random things: not posting every day, for starters, still not having a concise niche, not seeing rapid success despite hard effort, writing weekend recaps or sillier posts instead of photographing beautiful recipes. Different day, different problem, I’m telling ya. Last year I wrote a post titled “Blogging Differently” and it still holds true.
However, all of this boils down to me, my perspective and my confidence. I’m not a food blogger. I’m not solely a fitness blogger. I’m most definitely not a polished lifestyle blogger. So what am I? Is this confusion why I’m not seeing growth? Don’t answer that…
I enjoy sharing parts of my life. The highs and lows, the filters and non-filters, the everyday and the exciting, the marathons and the injuries. My life doesn’t fit into a niche, and I like it that way.
I want to redefine blogging success.
Success is subjective, I understand that. For some is means making money, for others it means interacting with readers. Neither is better than the other, because some people make enough money to live off blogging and can have it both ways. Kind of #goals and dream life, kind of not for me. I’m still stuck on that, but that’s a different topic.
However, my (current) idea of blogging success is three-fold.
First and foremost, I blog for the community and the relationships.
Second, I blog for the creative expression.
Third, I blog to share my life, and hopefully, in some way, provide entertainment, suggestions or thought-provoking discussion for the readers. Even if it’s just something to read during your lunch break or think about during your run.
As for money, yes, I have made some, but pretty much enough to cover the cost of running the site. Money is not what keeps me coming back
every day three times a week. That’s not to say I will stop doing the (very) occasional sponsored post if the right opportunities come along, but it’s not at the forefront of my mind at the moment. Plus, making money as a blogger is not an instant process, especially if you want to do it the “right” way (by only supporting brands, campaigns that truly matter to you, which I firmly believe in). Hard work and hustle don’t automatically guarantee a paycheck (or page view), but I guess that’s true in a lot of careers/hobbies.
I know what I “should” do to get more page views (evergreen content, more “tips,” more recipes, fewer pictures like the one above) but I feel like I would be doing a disservice to you, my readers, and to myself if I suddenly and completely changed the way I blog. I like the old-school blogging, conversational aspect of this space. (Read here and here for similar posts on this topic. Love both girls!).
As the first two years of My Healthyish Life have been about establishment and laying the foundation, maybe the next two years will be about refining and defining.
I don’t (and am not) changing anything at the moment, but I think as my life evolves, this blog will evolve too. I get inspired at random times and about random things, sometimes life-related, other times more “content” related. I admire many bloggers but I don’t want to fall in the trap of “not doing enough.” When blogging isn’t fun, I’ll know to reevaluate.
I’m just a few years into this world and I have so much more to learn, which is both overwhelming and exciting. I’m choosing to see it as the latter and proudly soldiering on into year number three.
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On a different note, check back next Wednesday for a giveaway to celebrate my two year blogiversary :)
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