The 2 sides to being a creative.

As you've most probably figured out by now, I love everything about writing and getting creative. It's quite honestly how I spend most of my spare time, and I'm really quite okay with that. 

One thing struck me the other day though, I feel like there's 2 totally, completely different sides to being part of a creative community.

There's the side that we all love. The support you get from everyone else, the opportunity to create content that you're proud of, invitations to events to meet and work with even more great and like-minded people, and the inspiration you get from others. 

If we're talking blogging, that's not to mention the hugeeee learning curve that we all embark on when we first set up our little spaces over here. HTML, CSS, DA and SEO are no longer meaningless letters, but things we probably pay far too much attention to than is good for us. And that's not even taking into considering how long we spend poring over our Google and Twitter analytics. 

Developing, or at least, trying to develop, a writing style is fun. You get to experiment with different styles. Different styles of writing, of editing photographs, of promoting, and of everything else 'cause damn it's your own blog and your own rules.

But then, I started thinking about the other side of it. Of the less fun side. And no, I'm not talking about how much time it takes to schedule tweets and reply to that backlog of emails you've let build up in your inbox 'cause omg cba to try and sift through all the press releases and promo emails that are addressed to 'Rosie'. NOT MY NAME GUYS.  I s'pose that's one up from 'Dear blogger,' though so at least there's that.

I'm talking about comparison. 

There's always going to be other blogs and creative mediums that you can't help but wish were yours. There's always the Instagram accounts that you wish you could make yours even slightly resemble. The girls who you'd give anything to look like, and the content that you proper wish you'd come up with 'cause bloomin' heck that was genius. 

Sometimes it's hard to not get too bogged down with this. I know I've made this mistake multiple times, and it can be completely de-motivating. 

I guess that this exists across the whole creative and media industry. No matter what it is that you do, there's going to be someone else and something else to compare yourself to. If you can use this as inspiration, then that's great. But, we need to be careful to not let this knock us, and not let it think that our own blogs, or whatever else it is that we create, isn't great just because it doesn't look or sound like someone else's.

We also need to stop comparing where we're at now, to where we want to be too much. I talk in this post about what kind of blogger I want to be, and where I want my blog to be at, which is great because I know that I have a plan and the ambition to get here. But I also know that unrealistic plans and expectations can do more harm sometimes than good. 

Have you ever got too bogged down with comparison?



  1. They don't say comparison is the thief of joy for nothing. If I think too hard about it all I can gurantee I'll start to feel a little insecure about everything! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

  2. damn I hate it when an email is entitled "Dear hnnhvnbls" haha great post!


  3. Totally agree with you about comparison. I try not to let it enter my mind because at the end of the day, I know I couldn't do flatlays like other bloggers and take awesome outfit shots...but it still plays on your mind doesn't it? Ohhhh, comparison begone! Let me be myself pls.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  4. Strangely enough, I don't have the issue of comparison when it comes to my blogging. I do what I want while still producing quality content and the other bloggers do the same. We're all happy. Anyway, just want to say how lovely your blog looks. It's so clean and the photos are amazing!

    Arianne | Ayre

  5. It's really hard not to get caught up in comparison's but it's so important just to be proud of what you do! If it helps - you are one of the instagram accounts that makes me weep at the state of my own! :) xx