As you may or may not know, I recently went back to school last month. Because of this, I’ve had less time to allocate for blogging and blog hopping. And I’ve noticed that this has led to a decline in my stats, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s discouraging to compare how well my blog was doing in the summer to how well it’s doing now.
I was born comparing myself to others. It’s not just limited to blogging–I compare every aspect of my life to others’, and it’s one of my unhealthiest habits. I think that this is a problem a lot of people face as well, so I decided to write this post for the both of us.
Just to be clear, I’m not writing this to complain about how more people should interact with my posts or follow me. This is a post to reassure you, but mostly me, honestly, that stats aren’t everything.
So without further ado, here are reasons why comparing your blog statistics with others’ is doing yourself a disservice.
Some people just have more time on their hands.
Posting more often will lead to sure growth. And when you blog hop, more people are inclined to check out your blog. You know what these two things have in common? They both take time. And sometimes we just don’t have that.
Tons of bloggers are students, balancing homework and keeping grades up with book blogging. Tons more have full-time jobs that are the primary sources of their income. So if your stats aren’t booming because you haven’t had the time to draft blog posts and comment on other people’s blogs, just remind yourself that everybody’s work load is different. Time is a scarce resource, and you shouldn’t blame yourself for not being able to dedicate more of it to growing your blog.
The state of everyone’s mental health is different.
I myself don’t suffer from anxiety, depression, or any mental illness, but I know that having a mental illness can suck all the motivation out of you. It isn’t even limited to mental illness. Sometimes it’s your physical health, a low point in your life, etc.
Some people, myself included, have the privilege of not suffering from mental health issues, and therefore have more energy to dedicate to their blogs. But don’t blame yourself for not being one of those people. Mental health before book blogging, guys.
Maybe blog hopping just isn’t for you.
One of the easiest and most sure ways to grow your blog is to comment on other people’s blogs. Commenting leads others to notice your blog, follow you, and interact with your posts.
Maybe, as I mentioned before, you just don’t have the time to blog hop. Or the case could also be that you’re just not interested in blog hopping. Moreover, you may have a preference for certain blogs only, and those are the only blogs you want to interact with.
If either of these is the case for you, don’t force yourself to do something you don’t want to do just to improve your blog stats. Blogging should be fun, and ultimately, you should do what what suits your fancy.
Maybe you have no interest in the posts/books that garner more engagement.
I’m sure you all know what posts are popular in the blogosphere–recommendations, Top Ten Tuesdays, and the like will probably generate more engagement. Subsequently, book reviews, especially those of lesser known books, don’t perform as well.
But maybe you just want to write book reviews. And that’s okay. Your blog is for you to do what you love, and you should never change that.
The book community is also very focused on YA books, so bloggers who primarily read and blog about YA novels are obviously gonna do better. But maybe you have no interest in YA, and just want to blog about Adult and/or Middle Grade books. You are valid and appreciated. Don’t change what you’re reading for the sake of blogging statistics.
The bloggers you compare yourself to started blogging earlier than you did.
This is a no brainer. Why compare yourself to other people who have had more time to grow a following, find what works for them, and refine their blogging voice?
Just don’t do it. You’re setting yourself up for sadness.
You should just be grateful for what you have.
Ultimately, what I’m trying to tell myself and those like me is that we’re all growing at our own pace.
Maybe you want twenty likes on your post instead ten, ten comments instead of five. But at the end of the day, everyone’s blogs are amazing no matter what. The work you’re doing is amazing, and it’s appreciated no matter what your stats tell you.
Overall, comparing yourself with those who are doing better than you is a losing game.
There are millions of outside factors that affect our blogging stats, and we shouldn’t blame ourselves for having no control over them. The only thing we can do is be happy with what we have. To share one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone’s highlight reel.”
I hope we both learn to stop comparing ourselves to others. And if you don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, props to you, and I’d like to know how you do it.
I know I missed a lot of reasons, so I would love to know your thoughts in the comments!