Comparison is the Thief of Joy

I posted on Instagram this week expressing my lack of motivation and funk that I’m in right now. I’m feeling overwhelmed like I’m not doing enough, not going to as many events as I should, and not connecting with enough bloggers. It’s exhausting and I caught myself losing sight of why I started the blog to begin with…. for me.  

I’ve been blogging 3-5 days a week for the past FOUR YEARS. That’s insane and sometimes I forget that that is an accomplishment in itself. But then I compare myself to other bloggers who have been around for significantly less time and have grown more than I could ever imagine.  

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But I can’t do that. I started this blog for a reason and it’s morphed into this awesome place over time where I share with you my thoughts, moments from my life and the people, places and things that make me happy. I’ve shared some sad moments, some happy moments, and some downright embarrassing moments. But at the end of the day, this little space is mine. ALL MINE. And I can’t believe how far it’s come.  

So expect to see more of the things I love over the next coming weeks which includes more #soupsfeethitthestreet posts, more restaurant reviews (although I do not claim to be a food blogger in the slightest!), more art, new updates in the Charm City Creatives Series, and more Baltimore inspired posts.  

Thanks for all of the love on the ‘gram earlier this week- it’s good to know I’m not alone! 

 

 

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  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Good, I am so glad that you are getting your groove back. I think most bloggers can relate to that funk, and feeling uninspired. I always compare myself to other bloggers and it truly has taken my joy away from blogging and Instagram. I was just telling B yesterday that I was considering taking a break from blogging because it isn’t fun anymore. He told me that he thinks I am blogging for the numbers and not for myself anymore. That really struck a cord with me, and I decided that from now on, I am going to write about what makes me happy, whether it’s in my niche or makes sense or not. So I definitely relate to this feeling, and I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

    • Megan

      I feel like I’ve had rough patches before but this one was so intense. I questioned why I was still blogging, whether people would miss it if I just stopped and why I was putting so much time and energy into it. But I love it. I love sharing ideas and relating to others and I’ve put so much time and energy into the blog to just stop now. YES GIRL. Take it back to the things that make YOU happy and not just the things you think will get more readers. If the topics happen to combine, that’s great. If not, at least you are happy. xoxo

  • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

    I think it’s something 99% of us feel, but 1% of us actually talk about it. It’s crazy when you post something and there are so many people feeling the same thing, people comparing themselves to YOU just like you are doing with others, and blaming yourself for things that truly don’t matter on the grand scheme of things. I am absolutely feeling down lately about blogging, and I thought I would never experience this, but life is just too much to handle every little thing right now. Doing all of the things sounds great, but not when our life is overwhelming. I am so thankful for real, true friends like you, Annie and Laura and I’m beyond grateful that all of us can talk about the real life stuff. I hope you get back into blogging for why you started in the first place and the fire is ignited again. xoxo

    • Megan

      Right! I had no idea so many people were feeling the same way and it helped me not feel so alone in the struggle. Thanks for reminding me of the things that made me happy this times a year ago (#soupsfeethitthestreet) and for always supporting me!

  • Jen

    Comparison really is tough and it’s something that I struggle with as well! However, I love that you are so open and honest about it because not everyone would be as comfortable.

    • Megan

      It was definitely scary sitting down to write that IG post and this blog post. It’s tough to make yourself vulnerable but I’m learning that there are so many other people feeling the same way and not saying it. Its so helpful!