Blog Overwhelm – And 3 Tips to Combat Imposter Syndrome
Well, it is official. I have written about 16 posts and I am already wondering how you all do it. I see someone elseâs blog, whether it is a healthy living blogger, a travel blogger, or a family blogger, and I wonder, how do they do it? I see lists of links to posts on various destinations and I feel overwhelmed. How will I ever get there?
The problem isnât that I donât have extensive travel experience or more travel plans coming up. It is more that I am still finding the balance between my life, ever-changing responsibilities, and being consistent in creating quality content. I know that in 6 months or a year my blog will also have those lists of links to exotic locales or interesting food finds.
But right now, I feel like a neophyte; or even an imposter. Iâm struck with the doubts of whether the content I am creating for you is what you want to read. Does my blog fit into a niche? Can I stray from that niche like I did in the lotion recipe? Maybe that is part of the niche? What do you enjoy reading? Is it travel recaps, travel advice, or a combination of that with healthy living tips?
Tips for Imposter Syndrome – Moving Forward
As I write this I have two issues at once. I feel pressured and overwhelmed to create content from my experience, and perhaps also some imposter syndrome. Who am I to write a blog?! Why am I trying to take this on with everything else already on my plate?
But with opening my heart, I thought Iâd share my top 3 tips to combat imposter syndrome and continue to create blog content.
- Accept the feeling as it is. You donât feel enough. That is ok. You are enough even with the feeling of not being enough. You are ok as you are. With that acceptance, think what you feel like right now. For the blog, what do you feel like writing? For me, it was the honest post above. I hope it will reach someone who is feeling the same and we can inspire each other to keep going.
- Find what brings you joy. Is it recapping your day? Writing about a distant locale you loved? Skipping blogging and going swimming? Do it! Choose the joy over whatever you think you âshouldâ do. Because in the end, it is the joy that comes through the screen. Maybe I also find joy in hitting on these heavier topics?!
- Appreciate where you are now and appreciate the victories. Perhaps you havenât come as far as you wanted, but you have made progress. And that progress can lead to more progress. The old saying that comparison is the thief of joy couldnât be more true, even in the case of self-comparison. So letâs drop the ideas of what we should do or where we should be and celebrate where we are.
Lotuses Grow in Mud
I am reminded of lotuses, which always grow from muddy ponds or ditches. Lotuses are also considered holy flowers in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other spiritual traditions. They are the symbol of constant renewal and spiritual enlightenment. They are a reminder that where ever we are now, we can grow from the mud like a lotus.
Here in Guyana, the lotus flowers grow and bloom in all the ditches on the sides of the roads – the muddy areas full of trash, rainwater, and flood water. I’ve never seen such an abundance of lotuses. Perhaps it is an analogy for life. Guyana has crime and many other problems of a developing country, but it also has the most beautiful roadside lotus ponds.
Celebrating the Triumphs
In my case, Iâve written 16 more blog posts than last month. In some of them I have been more vulnerable than I thought Iâd ever be on the internet. In others, I shared tips Iâd like to know before travelling somewhere new. And I shared my âsecretâ favorite lotion recipe. Iâm also being honest about being overwhelmed right now, something that is often hard for me.
In conclusion, steps can be taken to start to manage imposter syndrome or a lack of motivation such as accepting the feeling, finding what brings you joy, and appreciating how far you have come. Remember that a year from now you will look back and realize how much youâve grown. Keep your eyes on the goal, but donât beat yourself up if it doesnât happen on the schedule you think it should. Thatâs what Iâm doing today.
What about you? What challenges or discouragement have you felt lately and how did you overcome it?
Keep your chin up and heart light.
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