Why You Should Read Less Blogs

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I know what you’re thinking. As a blogger myself, how can I recommend that you read less blogs? Well, hear me out.

About two months ago, I made the decision to reduce the number of blogs I follow and read regularly. I went from following over 30 blogs to following just 8 blogs that I read regularly.

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I also unsubscribed from nearly every newsletter I was subscribed to. And you know what? It was the best thing I could have done for my for my blog, business, and sanity.

1. No More Comparing

I know I’m not the only person who does this. I think comparison is a perfectly natural reaction to seeing something you like or desire.

I’m a big fan of using that energy to fuel your own growth. However, sometimes comparing yourself to others can really wear you down, and it can become difficult to put a positive spin on those negative thoughts.

The Latest Trend In Blogging

It seems as if the latest trend in blogging is showing the world how successful you are and promoting your six-figure income. I’m not against blogging about your success, or posting income reports.

It’s great to be proud of your accomplishments and to want to share with others that it’s possible for them too. However, I am against reading this kind of stuff if it triggers negative emotions for you.

After reading blogs that portray seemingly perfect lives, and $20,000 monthly incomes, it’s only natural that you’re going to start comparing your life to someone else’s, and that’s not healthy.

I know the stress that comparison can put on you, and it’s not worth it.

When comparing your success to the success of someone else, you may find yourself attempting to follow their lead because it’s trendy, or because you think that’s the only way you can become successful too.

Staying True to Yourself

I now have a select number blogs that I read and comment on regularly. These blogs are of people that I genuinely connect with, and that motivate and inspire me. Not lead me down the unhealthy path of comparison.

Reducing the number of blogs you follow doesn’t mean you can’t read and comment on blogs you aren’t following. It just means that you’ve set a boundary on what you will and won’t read.

It’s important that you always stay true to yourself, and run your blog or business the way you see fit. Take what you’ve learned and apply it in a way that best fits who you are, as opposed to molding yourself to fit into what’s worked for someone else.

I can’t tell you how much lighter I feel now. I know you’ll feel lighter too. Go through your blog feed and newsletter subscriptions and unsubscribe from any blogs or newsletters that trigger negative emotions.

2. Advice Overload!

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • “Learn how to double your traffic in 60 days!”
  • “Double your email list in 30 days!”
  • “Learn how I earned six-figures in my first year of business!”
  • “Grow your badass blog or business today!”
  • “Learn how to increase your sales with my free webinar!”

Since I’ve been in business, I’ve read my fair share of blog posts, as well as signed up for online courses, webinars, and newsletters.

These things can be amazing resources for growing your blog or business. However, what good is any of it if it’s stressing you out, or preventing you from moving forward with your personal or professional goals?

There Is A Such Thing As Too Much Advice

Everywhere you turn, there’s someone telling you they have the secret to you making more money, having a badass business, getting more views, more followers, etc. Even I’ve given this type of advice on my blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for educating yourself. I have taken online courses that have been invaluable for my business.

However, when you’re consuming too much information (and sometimes, conflicting information), a lot of that information either goes in one ear and out the other, or you end up getting frustrated or even depressed because you can’t keep up with all the things you’re “supposed” to do with your blog or business.

I’ve been in business for over 4 years now, and I can tell you that there is no right or wrong way to run your business or blog.

Sure, at times, we all have to do things that are outside of our comfort zone, but that doesn’t mean you have to run your blog or business in a way that doesn’t feel comfortable to you.

Before you purchase that course or subscribe to that newsletter, ask yourself if this is something that your blog or business will truly benefit from. Don’t do it out of desperation, or because everyone else is doing it.

To avoid advice overload, I suggest sticking to a few super helpful bloggers/mentors that give amazing and actionable advice.

When you learn a new tip or technique, take it in, and apply it to your inner self. Make it work for you.

Do you agree or disagree with my stance on reading less blogs? Let me know in the comments below.

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