Personal Confession ~ The 200th Post


For the last 2 weeks I have been trying to think of a creative way to write this post, trying to think of what to write and how to share this huge milestone with you all and I honestly came up blank so bear with me as I am going with the flow. Where and how do you share the excitement of reaching 200 posts? When I made the decision to start this blog (my 2nd blog mind you) I honestly did not know what I was doing and how much work I was going to put into this blog. Managing two blogs have never been a problem for me but it has not been easy either, because when I am having motivational issues to blog it’s not only one blog being affected it is two and that sometimes gets to me even though I know I am only human and this is bound to happen.

Most of my readers on this blog will know lately my posts have been far and in between ever since 2015 started. I did contemplate deleting this blog and I think that was my lowest point this year because I enjoy blogging and I treasure both my blogs. Part of the reason for wanting to delete this blog was because I found myself comparing my blogs to other people’s blog which I think is not fair on myself nor on other bloggers. It is never fair to compare my beginning to someone else’s middle as that is cause for internal turmoil especially if your blog is not as successful as another person’s blog. Yes we started at the same time for some and they are doing so much better than me, which is fine because how much work I put into this blog cannot compare to another person’s blog and vice versa is true. For me blogging is done on a part-time basis and definitely a hobby but someone else that might not be the case. I am human and this I am sure will continue to happen long before I find a solution to accepting it all come what may. One piece of advice I have for myself and fellow bloggers in the same situation (or any life situation) as me on comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle is that “Check yourself before you wreck yourself”. What I want to focus on is appreciating that another person has done better than me, congratulating them (even if it’s just in my head) and then acknowledging that I am not there yet. I want to use their success as motivation for me to achieve what I want to achieve but I also need to learn when to accept the situation and leave as is because honestly how I define success is not the same as the next person.

If I was to be honest to myself and the world is that I am pretty successful as I am right now, I am at the best that I can be so far in life. Yes there are things that I do not yet have and which I had but I also know that I have so much already both which I can see and that which I cannot see yet. My definition of success blogwise is being able to manage my blogs the way I have been doing it for almost two years now and not giving up that is success. What is my next goal, well it’s no secret that I would like to one day earn something resembling a salary from my blogs but that is a ‘life time goal’ than my next to achieve goal. So many things have to happen before I can reach that life time goal but in the mean time I can do small actions that will move me towards that goal. Success to me is being able to manage the blogger support group The Lovely Bloggers on Facebook with my blogger friend Jemma of celery and cupcakes and in a short span of time having such active members. Being successful is being alive and healthy to enjoy all the goodness and even the bad that this world has to offer and remembering to be thankful to the powers that be for all of it. Being successful for me is not living without regrets but living with the knowledge that you did not give up, you gave it your all and maybe your all is not enough but that knowledge of having attempted is for me is success.

I will not claim to have figured success out be it blogwise or life in general but I am sharing what it means to me and how I look at it all. Being true to myself is a number one priority, keeping it real is my motto and never giving up is my motivation. Life will always throw us curve balls, but it is how we deal with them that define our success.

Happy 200th post to me.

  • Thanks Ricci, it's a definite success lol

  • Thanks Echo

  • Thank you Dawn, I hope so too

  • Congratulations on your 200th post lovely! I always compare myself to others and it really is my downfall 🙁

  • It is hard to remember not to compare yourself to others. I need to be better about this.

  • I'm going to say it. I'm so glad you didn't delete this blog. I love stopping by!

  • I've been blogging since 2007 but there was never a time that I thought of quitting. But I have to admit, there were times that I was lazy to update them. 🙂 Happy 200th post to you!

  • I will tell anyone that if I can do it, a procrastinating introvert, that anyone can. There's going to be challenges and times when it just doesn't go your way but there is another fork in the road and things will work out and in a way that you can keep being yourself!

  • I am so glad you did not delete this blog. Even if you do not blog for a while you can always start again.

  • Blogging is definitely not for the faint of heart as I have learned through my first year writing. It's fun but at the same time I can see myself being in your same boat. I am trying my hardest not to quit, so just know there are many of us feeling the same blogging struggle.

  • Blogging can be a challenge, but the best thing to do is to blog for yourself. Don't stress or overthink it! Just blog and be you.

  • Wishing you the best of luck with your goals to earn a living from your blogs. I see where it can be done in the news all of the time!

  • I think you have a great blog! I for sure don't think that you should stop blogging. Continue to do it because you love it, not because of other peoples blogs. I hope you do continue blogging and I look forward to reading more!

  • I think you are doing great with your blogs. I always find your post inspiring. I manage 10 blogs so it is never easy for me with two kids, two dogs, and a husband who wants cuddle time all the time lol. Don't delete it, just leave it sitting and waiting for you.

  • If there is anything I have learned in my zillion years of blogging….don't delete. If it gets to be unmanageable or you just arrent feeling it, leave it. Its not hurting nothing by being idle. If writing is truly your passion, you will know and you will be glad the blog was here to fall back on.

  • People are reading and commenting so I consider that a success any day!! Keep up the great work girly!!

  • I have gone through these exact same thoughts. Congrats on 200 though, that is an amazing feat!

  • Congrats on your 200th post! That is a great accomplishment. Hope there is many more to come.

  • Oh wow 1300 that is absolutely awesome. Thanks Michele

  • We definitely do what we love, thanks Amby

  • Will do Jeanine thanks.

  • Wishing you the best bonnie

  • Thanks Kara, appreciate that greatly

  • Thanks Brooke, blogging is hard work but one which I enjoy once I stop comparing

  • Thanks Sophie, we are all definitely unique

  • Thanks Charlotte, it doe not help comparing. Wishing you success in the competition

  • Haha yep Melissa, I am thinking of printing it for my home

  • I am happy with my blogs so i will continue to blog. Thanks Stacie

  • Thanks Robin

  • Thank you Angelica, will do

  • Thanks Courtney I promise not to delete or give up but to dust myself off and move forward

  • Being true to myself is important. Never change just because someone else wants you to and this includes your bloggy friends. Congrats on your 200th post. I believe I just reached my 1300 post last week.

  • Happy 200th!! Keep going and keep becoming more and more successful! Blogging is a lot of work but I love it!!! We get to do what we love.

  • Happy 200th post! How awesome! I hope you continue to be inspired and keep on writing! Love what you do!

  • Wow! 200 posts, that is so awesome! I feel successful with my blog too and hope to someday be able to make a living from it.

  • Happy 200th blog! May you continue to write from the heart on the things that bring you joy and your blogs will continue to flourish 🙂

  • Happy 200 to you!! That's really impressive, and exciting, and admirable! Blogging is hard work! By blog is titled 'Bye, Comparison' so trust me, I'm with you on the whole idea of comparing being detrimental to all our hard work in all areas of life. Way to stick with it!

  • We all blog because we enjoy it, never compare your blog to others, we all have our own unique thoughts, that's what makes the world a great place.

  • I was actually just thinking about this and came to the same conclusion. It really doesn't help at all to compare your blog to others as you say. I am in a competition at the moment for the opportunity to curate my own collection of beauty products (with my blogs name on) and when it started I was looking at the other finalists entries and comparing how many likes / favorites they were getting with my own and feeling down about it.
    I realised that this wasn't helping me and shut down those tabs. Now I have no idea how many votes they have compared to me and luckily the competition is not solely on votes but also your blog content.
    If I don't get chosen this time there is always another and I will continue to blog for the reason I started it in the first place – because I enjoy it, I love writing and I love trying out beauty products.
    Congratulations on your 200th!!

  • When you're not sure where you're going, if you'll get there, or if it will even be worth it, just reread that first quote you put up. It's what life is all about.

  • Hang in there! Remember this: the true definition of success is how happy you are. If it makes you happy, do it. If it doesn't, don't. You'll work it all out!

  • I know sometimes life gets tough and you feel like everything and everyone is against you, but don't give and don't give in! Just keep your head down and keep working and everything will be fine!

  • Put your blinders on and keep going! You ARE a success because you are doing something that you love and are passionate about. Happy 200th post and here's to many more!!

  • Omg girl DO NOT DELETE!!! I met another blogger afew months from one of the blogging groups I belong too & she lives on the road behind me!! Too funny lol… But anyway… We were just talking about this last week when we met up for afew drinks…. You can never compare… Some of these bloggers have the most amazing sites that we were both so jealous of since we both made our sites ourselves, but that's just it! So many people in the blogging world buy there way in. But since it's not there real passion or most times even idea, they end up being the ones who quit once they realize it's a full time job and no matter how many VA's you hire, you still have to do real work lol… The people like us are the ones who eventually succeed! All the hard work will pay off since we did it ourselves & know the struggles of the beginning and we will so appreciate everything at the top 🙂 just keep going!!