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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ever feel a little overwhelmed by other blogs?

I think we ALL are at some point or another.
Just the sheer creativity that exists out there is incredible!
It kinda makes you feel like a speck of sand sometimes.

When I first started blogging in 2007,
there were tons of blogs
but NOTHING like there are now.
I'm absolutely amazed at how blogging has taken off....
but it's just one of those things
that as much as you love all of the beautiful inspiration,
the sheer volume of blogs that exist can intimidate you as well.

My take?
Don't let it.
Don't be bothered that there are zillions of blogs....
sharing tons of ideas ~
big deal!
You are a part of the picture too!!!!
Share what you love, share what's happening in your life
and don't think about everyone else ~
I think that's what it's all about.
Using our blogs to share, document our lives and
build amazing friendships.

So it boils down to this,
have your blog and enjoy every minute of it!
Comment on other blogs you love and they will, in turn, visit you back.
You will develop your own following and
so many precious friendships along the way too.

Just a little Friday food for thought ~

Wishing you a wonderful Friday dear friends,
hugs and love,


Jo said...

I agree So many time I have heard from bloggers I can't live up to this, I can't maintain and my thought is why try? Do what you want and don't make it a chore..enjoy every moment..thanks for reinforcing it

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Yes I totally feel overwhelmed sometimes ~ I am amazed at all of the talent out there!! I am thinking that I could redecorate my house every month because I see so much I love ~

Karen said...

Great advice Dawn. Blogging is too much fun to let it become a burden. I have so much fun looking at everyone's amazing talent and being inspired by it. I wish that I had started years ago.

Shelley said...

I understand what you are saying is so easy to get caught up in the different styles of so many blogs and find yourself trailing off,making changes in your own home....following this idea and then that idea. Exactly,why I decided a few months back to just be simply me....enjoy and share the things that are what I am about ...I went through my home and took out,gave away,sold whatever I felt just wasn't me or what I needed. I have my own style and life in general ....its not fancy or to exciting but,its me and I am happy with it! I do love to visit other blogs of many diversities....I always learn and am blessed by what I see and read....your blog has always been an inspiration.Many blessings sent your way.

Nelly said...

I am always amazed at the creativity that some people share but I love it.I dont worry if mine is good enough I just blather on and if people say they love it thats all I need to hear.Your blog is one that I always enjoy reading even if I dont always comment.

Dawna said...

Thanks for your easy, simple advice. I am new to this blogging world and I thought are people "professional bloggers"?? now, I see that it takes all kinds to make the cyber world go round. I am having fun and enjoying myself when I have time to sit down at the computer. Thanks for the post!! Have a great day!

Sandra said...

Dawn, I definitely agree with you. I had taken a little break from blogging and when I came back, I felt like a new blogger, so to speak. I am enjoying visiting blogs and learning so much from others. Thank you for posting this.

marie said...

Yummy food for thought Dawn ~ just yummy!! Thanks for serving it up for us!

You are an encourager!

Have a blessed weekend!

Under the Willow said...

Nice blog entry Dawn--I too am so impressed by the many "talented" bloggers- so inspiring, so entertaining--such great reads!

Your blog is one of the tops too!

Dorthe said...

Thankyou for this words of wisdom, dear friend , to blog is a wonderful part of my life, -sometimes I wish I could give more here, but my life is not so at the moment-so I have chosen to enjoy every minute I can share with all those so many wonderful bloggers-like you-sweetie, and not leave it to be a frustration, that my time is limited, because of my real shop.
Love you sweet Dawn.

Theresa said...

It is amazing how many blogs there are! You are such an inspiration to so many of us! Have a blessed day dear Dawn, HUGS!

Diane said...

True, Dawn. :-) And life is so busy. There is only so much we can do in a day. Blog Envy - I guess we've all felt it at times. But I think bloggers understand best of all. So much beauty, but also so many responsibilities in life.
Hugs to you and all bloggers....great community!

Karen B. said...

I am so glad you wrote this!! Have a wonderful weekend!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Vee said...

And excellent Friday thoughts they are. It is also true that the like-minded will arrive and that is where we all find our home in Blogdom. Certain sensibilities and interests connect us. We're not all going to hang with everyone; It's just not possible. So thank you for this good advice about not letting ourselves be intimidated.

Sea Witch said...

Great post. I only wish I had the time to spend looking and more and more of what is out there. I adore the blog universe, so much talent and heart among us and I get to visit as often as I can. Sea Witch

sissie said...

Hi Dawn,
This is what I love about you and your keep it real and you remain true to yourself and your style.
I really haven't experienced much blog envy, other than some of the photography skills shown by some bloggers. I just keep writing about what I love and really appreciating the wonderful friendships created through blogging.


Ella said...

I love your view and it is true; we all have a unique voice! Being authentic and true to yourself is a great gift~ Wonderful reminder! Thanks Dawn~

CosmoGirl Carla said...

As always, Dawn, such kind, inspiring AND encouraging words from you. From time-to-time I do have to remind myself that my humble little blog is just a tiny representation of myself, and my sharing of my simple life to whomever is interested. There are sooo many wonderful blogs out there with so much to offer and so much inspiration ~ your's is one of the tops! ;o) ~ that at times I do feel overwhelmed. Thanks for the reminder that we have a voice and place in this huge world of blogging.

Hugs :o)

Joy Lett said...

Yes Dawn- always overwhelmed by your blog. :-) Thanks for being there everyday.

Deneen said...

Great advice! So glad I met you!!!

BitsAndPieces said...

Dawn, I enjoy your blog so much and appreciate your advice in this post. Thanks for making all of us feel welcome in the world of blogging.


Miss Sandy said...

Everyone has to find their own niche in the blog world and yes it sometimes can be overwhelming or intimidating. Wise advice, share what YOU love, don't follow the crowd, blogging is like a personal interactive journal, no two lives, people, experiences, or passions are exactly the same. Stay true to yourself, enjoy the inspiration, and the friendships. Blogging is about sharing not competing. Love this post! Have a great weekend!

wendy said...

thanks for the great advice! I struggle with being a small fish in a huge ocean some days. The great blogs out there can be very intimidating sometimes!your post was right on target for me today!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You are so right!
And I'm so glad I began blogging 2 years ago, because it allowed me to meet wonderful, swwet friends like YOU.


Gina said...

I started blogging in 2003 and it truly is amazing how it has changed. I've always blogged for ME and if I make a change, it's for something I want myself, not because I feel expected to, to keep up with the Joneses! I do love visiting other blogs and often wonder, "how did they do that?" but there are just as many that I wonder, "WHY do they do that?" LOL! It always comes down to personal style and it would be awful if we were all the same.

ScarySweetheart said...

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that sometimes feels overwhelmed! It's hard to find people that seem to be interested in the same things as me... and it's equally hard to have those few people follow me. It's not about the number of followers though, I've found. It's about sharing what you wish to share and inspiring yourself. I'm thankful to have discovered the world of blogging. I'm off to a shaky start, but there are a lot of possibilities awaiting me. I'm eager to meet others and exchange ideas.

Thanks for helping to encourage me, Dawn!

Lady Pamela said...

Sometimes I have to stop reading the blogs for awhile, I get so overwhelmed with ideas. Then I am afraid to be creative in my own studio. After I settle down for a time, I can go back to them. But, I have made some amazing friendships on the internet. I am so grateful for that.

Curtains In My Tree said...

I agree with all comments. sometimes i thing what a crappy post I did today but then i realize i am not trying to out do anyone just having fun doing this.

It is hard to see all the wonderful projects and not want to do them also.
I love the furniture make overs the best. I have always loved painted furniture even when it wasn't cool LOL


Kelly_Deal said...

Great advice Dawn! You're an inspiration to me!

stephanie said...

Great post, Dawn...All parts of our life just simply boil down to being authentic, doesn't it...

Cheryl De Beer said...

Hi Dawn, I cannot imagine that you could ever feel intimidated - your work and blog are beautiful and such an inspiration to me. I am really very new to this blog world and I do feel very much like I am fooling myself into thinking I can be on a level of some of the bloggers out there. I want to do a tiny giveaway, but when I see what the other giveaway’s are like I just feel silly even thinking about it, but on the other hand blogging has changed my world. I feel as if I have company whenever I enter this new world and I love, love posting, but I love visiting other blogs even more. Thank you for being part of my world.

Tami Hacker said...

Thanks Dawn for your encouragement! I am new to blogging - if blogging becomes a burden rather than a blessing, then we are blogging for the wrong reasons.
Hugs, Tami

StorybookWoods said...

Very well said Dawn!! xoxo Clarice

kathy said...

Hey gurl !!! you put me to shame --nothing creative going on here very much -- The most wonderful thing about your blog -- is the ♥♥♥
that it comes from -- How special you are --
I am a techno dropout !!LOL -- you guys do amazing thing --i have no clue about -- but i
love all who i meet online or in person __KAthy - ga ♥

Beth Leintz said...

Dawn- I've been thinking the same thing for several months now- I don't post nearly as much as I used to because I think "There's so much out there- what do I have to add?".

But your advice is right on- share what you love, and don't compare yourself to anyone else. When I started blogging my plan was to use a blog to promote my business- but its turned into so much more- and I'm grateful for that.

Wendy Paula said...

I am in agreement, it can be totally overwhelming and seem competitive,
Best to enjoy what you can do and not let it become a burden and a pressure to perform.
There are so many delightful people to meet:)

The Chickens' Auntie said...

I totally understand what you mean about being overwhelmed when reading other blogs -- there are some wonderfully creative people out there! If we all just remember that we each contribute something and our blogs are just tiny reflections of ourselves (also, if we don't take ourselves too seriously!), we'll be able to just enjoy the process. Thanks for the great post!

Kathy said...

Great post, Dawn. Yes, it is easy to feel inadequate in the sea of beautiful and artful photography and words. In the end, though, it is all about making connections with like minded people and that is why I love blogging so much!

awal.ny said...

Great post, glad that sometimes I am not alone in this feeling. I am still trying to find ballance in doing it all now that I am back to work.

A Cottage Muse said...

Thanks Dawn!
I hit that speed bump but am back to smooth blogging!

Rustique Gal said...

Thanks Dawn, for your encouragement! It is overwhelming at times, but I still so love visiting and receiving comments. It keeps me going! It is always great to know others feel the same and have obstacles and triumphs just like I do! Take care, dear friend!

At Home in English Valley said...

HI Dawn, We all know that your heart is in the right've been so generous with your talents and encouragement. You dear Dawn fill every post with creativity and love...that's why I visit every day! Love, Penny

Robin @ Highpoint Circle said...

As usual, I find solace when I visit your blog. Thanks for putting sweetness in the world--it can be harsh sometimes and we all need encouragement. You do that well.

Tarnished and Tattered said...

I so agree with you girl. I remember years ago discovering your beautiful blog & how it opened up a whole new world to me. I had such fun discovering blog after blog. And it has inspired me so much in life, I'm so grateful to the friends I've made along the way. I do feel like a very small fish in a huge ocean. But that's okay because I do have my own little school of minnows to hang with. LOL (I can't believe I said that) Great post sweetie!

Karen said...

Hi Dawn~ I have been a follower of yours since I started blogging last November. I have always been inspired by your genuineness and honesty. You have a very realistic way of looking at things. Tonight I decided to read through my blogs and I was just about to call it a night when I caught the title of your post. I have to tell you that I have been thinking about not blogging anymore. I really do write about things that I love but I still have very few followers and get maybe 1-4 comments a WEEK. I want to keep going and your post is a motivator. I'm sure I will think about your words now with any post I make. They will be encouraging to me. One thing that you didn't talk about is whether followers and comments matter. I will tell you that I do comment on the blogs I read but just don't seem to get comments back. Hope I don't sound too down...I'm not. I'm glad I stayed up to read your post. I think I was meant to see it. :)
Thanks Dawn!


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