Blog envy

by Ginger on July 11, 2010

in Blogging & Social Media

I’m jealous of other bloggers. There, I said it.

I’m jealous of bloggers who started approximately the same time I did and have created something so much bigger than me.

I’m jealous of bloggers who started WAY after me and already have bigger audiences.

I’m jealous of bloggers who are currently making money from their blogs.

I’m jealous of bloggers who are smarter/funnier/more interesting.

I know that I haven’t put the effort into my blog the same way, I haven’t approached it as a business, I haven’t built it to be THAT. I fully understand that in blogging especially, it takes work and effort and planning. I’ve done none of those things. So I don’t really have a place to be jealous. I get that.

I also don’t know exactly where this is coming from. I always just wanted to blog because I wanted an outlet for me, but as I spend more and more time in this little world, I start to want more. I assume it’s because I’m looking for every additional place for income lately and more and more I see blogging as a way to add to the financial pile. But I’m not normally a jealous person, so it kind of weirds me out that I’m thinking this way.

But there it is. Jealousy. Of the most ridiculous kind.

Lisa July 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I can understand this. I feel the same way sometimes. Sometimes it’s just that some people seem so popular and I don’t know why, other times it’s because people are actually making money doing this!

I think it’s deceptive because it *looks* so easy. It looks like they just write and make money, and in reality, it’s hard work to grow a large readership. And that amount of work and publicity just doesn’t always mesh well with having a full-time corporate job.

Ginger July 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one! The thing that’s funny to me is I’ve always known (well, since before I started my blog anyway) that it’s hard. It never mattered to me before–maybe it was the full time job, maybe it was my inherent laziness, maybe it was because I was removed from it–but now for some reason it does bother me.
But now it’s a total balancing act of where do I spend my time: my job, the kid, my new business venture, this blog, my husband’s marketing, or one of the other million things going on in my life. Still doesn’t make the jealousy lessen though!

Jessica July 11, 2010 at 7:23 pm

It’s okay to have blog envy, everyone has it. The difficult thing I try to do is just keep it in perspective. It’s easy to want what others have but it’s always different on the other side. I feel that envy too.

Perpetua July 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

You’re definitely not alone in this. Sometimes I see other peoples’ statistics and think either WHY? or Why not me? I HATE that feeling. Unfortunately I’m not really a stranger to it in other aspects of my life, so it doesn’t really surprise me that it applies to the blog world, too.

Kate July 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Oh, I hear you. And, feel like such a party pooper sometimes, too. The one that really gets my goat are bloggers with an incredible following and an actual salary (as a result of their blog!), but their site and contents are crap, crap, crap. They can’t write. Their design is cookie cutter. And, sometimes they are perfect looking and that kind of irks me, too. And, I hate feeling that way – but it’s so nice to see someone else venting, too.

Amanda July 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

oh, how many times have I had these exact thought, let me count…
I go through a cycle – I see a blog that is making money and has a lot of readers and wonder WHY them and not me? So I sit down and write my heart out and work on trying to dress up the blog and, NOTHING. Then the jealousy kicks in. So I say screw it, I am going to just write for me and friends and family that read the blog and forget everything else and I get more visits and comments. Then the cycle starts over. I ahven’t an answer yet.

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