Guest blog: ‘Looking with envy’ by John’s Road to Volunteering…

Here we are then. You are now reading my very first guest blog and how exciting it is! I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to John for writing this piece for my blog while I’m away. Without further ado I will hand over to John to tell you a bit about himself before you go on to read his great post… (don’t forget to leave some lovely comments, we’d both love to read what you think!)

Hey all… Before you read about my thoughts on ‘looking with envy’ at other bloggers, I should probably introduce myself. I’m John, otherwise known as the BFG or in the blogging community as ‘John’s Road to Volunteering’. Funny enough my blog isn’t just about volunteering. I write about other aspects of life; motivation, wellbeing, blogging and diversity. John’s Road to Volunteering also has a team of 21 bloggers, so I have a great time mentoring others. I’m over at or Twitter

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I’m going to put a spell on you and now you’re mine… if I could sing this I would, but these lines from a childhood favourite of mine ‘Hocus Pocus’, resembles my current analysis of the blogging community.

The blogging community is full of joy and happiness, coloured with an array of smiles appearing from a vast range of niches and writers.

Truth is…

There’s a lot of competition in the blogging world. We’d be lying to ourselves if we say we’ve never considered this.

The blogging world has millions of writers around the world all wanting to share their story and experiences for what? Money? Fame? Publicity? Friendships? A voice?

Just these 5 questions highlights what flows through a bloggers mind on different occasions, asking ourselves;

– Could I make money from my blog?
– How many followers could my blog gain?
– What kind of brands could I work with?
– Will anyone like me?
– How will I amplify my voice?

I’ll admit, I’ve thought about every single one of these questions and at some point we all do; it’s what blogging is all about. What we don’t say is we compare ourselves to others based on the questions above.

We secretly look at someone’s followers or most recent collaboration and wander if that could be me, whilst reading with envy.

We all have that ‘role model’ in the community, even if we don’t know it, because all it takes is one tweet or a post to capture our eyes and we begin to question our own lives.

Our own lives shouldn’t be controlled by someone else’s life or their blog, but with our obsession with social media and the tech savvy era, we can’t help but compare.

My advice; look at someone else as a fellow blogger and not as competition. We’re all in the same boat here, and if we end up looking at one another as competition, we’ll only end up pushing people off the boat, and where will the community be after this?

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6 Comments

  1. Mummy Muckups (Anna)
    8th June 2016 / 11:02 pm

    I love the blogging community!! Sure; we do compare and wish and hope, but I certainly feel excited for my faves when good things happen for them. I don’t think we have as much competition down here in Australia…all these awards I read about in the UK perhaps foster a greater sense of competition. #bestandworst

    • 16th June 2016 / 11:14 am

      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  2. randommusings29
    11th June 2016 / 5:15 pm

    I think we’ve all looked at another blog and wished we were where they are, but I have to say I honestly don’t think of other bloggers as competition because to me it’s not a competition. There’s room for us all
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

    • 16th June 2016 / 11:14 am

      Totally agree. Thanks so much.

  3. 13th June 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Very valid points, although sometimes it is difficult to not compare. I think focus on what you really want to get out of your blog and write from the heart. Thanks for linking up! #bestandworst

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