Blog Envy (And What I’m Doing About It)

I’ll admit it.  I have some serious blog envy.  What do I mean by blog envy?  I mean that I wish that this blog were as good/pretty/popular/interesting (and many other adjectives) as certain other blogs.  Allow me to get more specific:

I wish my blog were as pretty as:

Nose Graze – Ashley’s blog is beautiful!  Feminine, whimsical, easy on the eyes.  It’s very well-organized and easy to read.  I never have any trouble finding what I’m looking for (or other awesomeness) on Nose Graze.

Fiktshun – I adore the elegance and simplicity of Fiktshun.  The layout is a bit unconventional and really caught my eye.  I love how the title is on the right side of the page.

Snuggly Oranges – Best. Logo. Ever.

Parajunkee – Classic, clean, and elegant.  Also another fabulous logo.

All of these pretty blogs also have fabulous names, don’t you agree?

I wish my content were as interesting as:

Rabid Reads – Carmel and Jessica have wonderful reviews.  They’re detailed (but not overly so), and they use these cool little icons to give a summary of what they thought of a book.

Chapter Break – Julie and Rose have really amazing content!  I love their Chat Between Chapters feature, as well as the Book Club Discussion Guides Rose posts.  And the That’s What HE Said Thursday meme is pretty cool (enough for me to participate, which is definitely cool).

Nose Graze – Not only is it pretty, but it’s interesting and super-helpful.  I’ve learned a lot about blogging in general (and book blogging specifically) from Ashley.

I wish my blog were as popular as:

All of the above.  Thousands of subscribers, followers, commenters.  We love you, we really love you!

Now to move beyond the envy to take some action:

  1. Get a pretty new custom (just for me!) theme from Creative Whim.
  2. Keep writing, commenting, interacting.  I think my content is pretty good, just need to keep it consistent.
  3. Post every day (and schedule ahead for times I can’t blog).
  4. Continue to learn from the experts.  Julie (Chapter Break), Jessica (Rabid Reads), and Ashley (Nose Graze) have been amazing, what with answering questions and acting as cheerleaders.
Do you have blog envy?  Did you in the past?  How did you move beyond it?  Any advice for small-time and/or new bloggers?



This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Julie

    Aww 🙂 Totally agree with you on the amazing blog looks and names you listed above. So cool that you’re getting a custom theme from Ashley. She’s super talented. We badly need to redo our theme (it is corrupted and no longer supported, and has been causing pop up ads!!) but I’m not sure if we want to shell out money at this point. I am considering getting her Tweak Me theme though, if we can make it look similar to what we have now. It looks like that’s what you’re running right now, what do you think of it? Are there a lot of things that you can change and play around with – like header image, colors, background image, etc? Anyway though personally I think your content is great and I like your thoughtful posts. Your reviews are pretty unique as well lady 🙂 I don’t think posting on a daily basis is necessary, only do it if it works for you but don’t force yourself. The hardest part is getting your blog out there and well known by others. I’ve joined a lot of Facebook groups and participated in “tribe” activities in the past where we share each others posts and comment on each others blogs and that helps.

    1. Leila

      I do think you’d like the Tweak Me theme. There are a ton of options. I’m using very few of them. It’s only $35.

      Your liking my content is a huge compliment. I feel like I can do most days. Keeps the momentum going for me. I’m not on FB much but I do think tribe stuff is doable (and fun). Hubby gets irritated just from Twitter and reading blogs I follow, so not sure about adding more social media 😛

  2. Melissa Beck

    I think it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by looking at other blogs and wishing yours was like this one or that one. But in the end, if you are having fun with it and you are please with the product you are putting out there then that’s all that really matters 🙂 Great post!

    1. Leila

      You’re so right. And I am having fun, especially when fabulous people comment. 🙂

  3. Suanne Laqueur

    Know what…. with this one post, you got me browsing around your blog. And after browsing, I’m in. I’m plopped on the couch, feet on ottoman. It’s comfy here. It’s genuine.

    Are there, um…. any snacks?

    1. Leila

      Aw… So happy to have a new groupie 😉

      And no, no snacks. 😛

      (Forgive the multiple emoticons)

  4. Brenda @DailyMayo

    I like the simplicity of your design and how you mix action with your blog envy. That transforms it from envy to inspiration!

  5. Sunny Smith

    Yes, I totally understand blog envy. I have spurts of this often. The best advice I can give to any blogger is to first write good content and second bring people in by commenting and following. It’s not good to traffic to your site if no one wants to stick around and read your content:)

  6. Finley Jayne

    I think we all have secret crushes on Ashley from Nosegraze lol. I also went through a phase where I had major blog design envy of other blogs. But, after I got Ashley’s Tweak Me theme (which I see you also have), I was able to come up with a unique theme that I love (and it was free, except for a $12 custom header from a designer on Etsy). It took some ‘tweaking’ to figure it out, but now I love my blog’s theme and feel it’s unique and reflects my blog’s tone nicely.

    I really don’t focus on my numbers and that’s one area where I really haven’t had envy issues. I blogged about numbers, and what they actually mean a few weeks on my blog-check out my post if you’re interested 🙂

    1. Leila

      I like the Tweak Me theme, but I just can’t get it where I want it to be, and I’m willing to pay Ashley to help me out. Your design looks great, and I’ve seen others use the theme well, but I’m just not that talented.

      That post on blog stats is how I discovered your blog. I think someone shared the link on Twitter. 🙂 I loved it.

    1. Leila

      I, on the other hand, prefer to confess all over the internet. You’re welcome. 😉

  7. Yes I have tons of blog envy! I envy their blogging relationships, all the biggies are friends with each other!! They all seem so cool, I’m just too shy and intimidated to talk to them. I envy some blogs aesthetics. I envy some blogs’ publishing connections and ARCs they receive. I envy their creativity and ability to write amazing posts. Geez I have a lot of envy XD I just try to be the best “me” I can be! For small-time bloggers and newbies, I’d say PATIENCE. Get into the flow of things. Visit other bloggers and communicate. Post quality work, don’t post just because you haven’t posted in a while.

    1. Leila

      Sounds like you feel a lot like I do! The ones I mentioned are all super nice! And they’re so encouraging. I agree with the patience. I only really started working at this a few months ago, and it’s been growing, but slowly. I just give myself pep talks sometimes 🙂 And you’re so right. We just have to be ourselves. Cause no one wants to read a fake, right?

  8. Zareena

    I feel the same way 🙂 Most of the ones you mentioned I follow and have to agree that they are just simply awesome. I just have to keep telling myself that I blog because I love it – but there are days when that doesn’t work too well 😉 . And I also just got a theme from Creative Whim – love all of Ashley’s work! Great post 🙂

    1. Leila

      I know the feeling. But then I go find someone who tells me how awesome my blog is and then I feel better (my bestie is one of my most regular readers and she helps encourage me). And oh yes Ashley is amazing. I’m so psyched to share my new design in a few days!

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