Whether you realise it or not, at some point you will have suffered from imposter syndrome as a blogger. It might not have been obvious at the time, but I bet when you read this post you’ll be thinking “wow, this is me.’ Impostor syndrome is something I didn’t even know about myself until a few months ago. And after some research, I came to realise its quite common in various different aspects of life.
There have been countless times I have told myself I can’t do something, or I’m not good enough. Which we know is not true and is just a feeling. But having these feelings can really get in the way of success and us growing as people and bloggers.
WHAT IS IMPOSTER SYNDROME?
The name imposter syndrome is quite self explanatory isn’t it? It’s literally as easy as you feeling like an imposter at something you’re doing. Feeling like you’re not good enough, or that you don’t belong where you are. Having self doubt and lack of confidence, even though you are good at something. Have you ever achieved something and told yourself it only happened because of someone else? Or they contributed to it so actually it was their success not yours? Even writing this, I can list off countless times where this has happened to me.
Imposter syndrome can be really awful for some people. And especially in the blogging community. With there being so many other people in this field of work, easy to fall into the trap of comparison and telling yourself that you aren’t good enough.
In this post, I’m going to share some tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome as a blogger. And I hope it helps!
REMEMBER TO PRAISE YOURSELF & ACCEPT PRAISE FROM OTHERS
Something I used to struggle with often was not being able to accept compliments from people, especially when it came to work I had done. I don’t know if it’s just a British thing, or a worldwide thing. But the idea of someone praising me and telling me how great I did, made me want the ground to swallow me whole. I guess the same could be said for someone criticising work I had done too. But for some reason, any praise no matter what it is really made me feel uncomfortable. Which it shouldn’t. If you have achieved something and done something well, you should be praised for it.
One of the best things we can do to overcome imposter syndrome as a blogger is to praise ourselves. Lift ourselves up. You just did 100 followers on WordPress? PRAISE. You just posted your 200th Blog post? PRAISE. These achievements are important and ones that should be celebrated. All milestones you achieve on your blogging journey are important.
It’s not only important to praise yourself, but to willingly accept praise from others too. If someone tells you that you did a good job, try to just accept it with a ‘thank you.’ Not a ‘well, this other blogger helped me’ or ‘I wouldn’t have ever been able to do it without your help.’ No, you did this. ACCEPT THE PRAISE!
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TALK TO FELLOW BLOGGERS ABOUT IT
I have said this so many times before, but having blogging friends is so important on your blogging journey. Not only for support and encouragement but advice too. If you speak to other bloggers and ask if they have ever experienced imposter syndrome as a blogger, their answer will probably be yes.
Having a community of people around you, going through similar things will change everything for you. Often as a blogger, people in your real life don’t understand everything about your blogging career. It can be hard for others to understand if they aren’t directly involved. But if you have genuine, supportive blogging friends it can be life changing.
If you ever need someone to talk to about blogging, or anything else. My email and comment space is always open!
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SET ACHIEVABLE, REALISTIC GOALS
Alot of the time, imposter syndrome as a blogger comes after not achieving goals that you have set. And usually, these goals were never achievable anyway. Why do we do that? Why do we set ourselves up to fail? Setting goals we know that we won’t be able to achieve, and then feeling like a failure when we can’t achieve them.
I say this so many times to my readers and fellow bloggers. Always set goals that you know you will be able to achieve. Because then you aren’t faced with that feeling of failure and disappointment when you don’t achieve them.
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Have you ever exercised imposter syndrome as a blogger? If so, what’s been your experience? How do you overcome it?
I hope this advice helped if you are currently suffering with this awful imposter syndrome. As I said in the intro, alot of us have it and don’t even realise!