Are You A Blogging Imposter?

Are You A Blogging Imposter?
Do you Belong

Do you belong, or do you feel like a blogging imposter? [Originally published July 2015]

As we constantly learn to blog better, and become the strong presence we all aspire to be, we sometimes come across a quote that resonates and know our friends will appreciate it too.

For the times when you don’t feel you will ever forge a blog identity, this is for you.

Blogger Impostor Syndrome

You have a blog, it is starting to take the shape you want it it to. But, you think everyone else does it better and will discover you are a fraud tomorrow. We have all been there. Some bloggers still look at Google Analytics in bafflement, I have views, wow!

To shake off this feeling of unease we want to share this advice given to Andy Murray, Great Britain’s top mens’ tennis player. It was spoken by Andy’s coach back in 2006 in Cincinnati, USA just after Andy had beaten Roger Federer the world’s top player, for the first time. A momentous event for the up and coming player, so what did his coach say that would allow him to cope?

‘Act Like You Belong’

Act like you belong

To us at Dash Kitten this means, knowing and believing we are part of a committed and talented community of bloggers and fellow writers. 

To you it might mean act like you belong at work, being a proud part of your company; or at your local rescue committing heart and soul to brushing the floors, emptying litter trays or feeding kittens, or being part of a sewing, or writing community.

Act like you belong means this.

Don’t feel you are sat waiting for someone to point and say ‘they can’t blog’!

It means :-

  • Get out there and know you are part of something, that you belong. Great content, great blog = you.
  • As you strive at improving your job, your blog, or your writing, one step at a time – feel you are not alone.
  • Social media is not just a tool to grow your blog, it’s a place to forge friendships.
  • You need to acknowledge you are already a valuable part of a community, or a rescue.
  • Luminaries like our friend and colleague Seville belong.
  • Pals ERin the Cat Princess, and Savannah’s Paw Tracks – they belong just like you do.

 

Blogging Graphic Sash Kitten

Act Like You Belong means getting out there and knowing you belong where you are.

You work at improving your social media, your presentation and your writing and, as you work – you are already part of a community. Now, what does your community mean to you?

Silver Kitten
Do you belong reporter
Dash Kitten Silver Kitten the Business Cat

 

 

 

 

  1. That is a good message. I found it very helpful to offer a survey that my readers could fill out so they could give me feedback on what they thought of various aspects of my bloggie. I will use their feedback to help me become a better blogger and improve my content. Hugs.

  2. So true. This reminds me of the old saying ” Fake it til you make it”. If you really have a passion or curiosity to try something new, I say just jump right in. I know in the past I’ve been guilty of thinking and thinking and wondering and waiting out of fear. One day I heard Gary Vaynerchuk speak about how many people will lose out and always have regret because they just didn’t face their fear and jump right in. NObody gets it right right out the gate. You do what you can, learn along the way , improve and master your craft/skill. Great advice. So true.

  3. Well said! We admit we felt like we didn’t belong a few years ago when we began going to BlogPaws. We thought everyone was doing so much better than we were. However, we listened with open minds and made some changes while keeping our brand. We’re not into affiliates or making a lot of money, but we are true to ourselves.

  4. I admit I should learn more about analytics etc. I started blogging as a therapeutic outlet for myself and as a way to help rescue animals. I’m thrilled that people read what I write and have adapted my content accordingly. Great quote!

  5. I think we are pretty lucky to belong to the pet blogger community, it full of kind and encouraging people. Marjorie, you are among the kindest and are so encouraging to everyone!

  6. Great bit of inspiration, thanks! I think many of us feel that we might belong, that we are part of a community, but we still sometimes feel like everyone else is better than we are. I suffer from that one!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. Act Like You Belong is a great motto about community that is paired well with your example of reviewing, revising and refreshing older content. My bachelor’s is in journalism. I never worked for a newspaper after college, but I did work on my college papers, so publishing even when I still wanted to adjust my writing was just a fact of life. Sometimes I got the story right or hit the right tone with my writing. Other times, I’d see my writing in print, and think what a hot mess that was! One aspect of blogging that I truly appreciate is the ability to go back to older posts and improve them. Knowing that I can always update makes publishing feel less daunting.

  8. Imposter syndrome is a thing for so many of us. I still struggle with it even after years of blogging. I like the phrase “Act Like You Belong”, which reminds me of another phrase that I read on on a non-pet blog “Pretend You Are Good At It”. Most of the time it is just a matter of convincing ourselves that we belong – not others.

  9. I feel so privileged that I followed in Nellie, the Cat From Hell’s paw prints. And she followed 4 other blogs that Mom had written previously…
    I have always belonged|!||
    Purrs
    Marv

  10. Great post and I needed to read it as I feel there are times I wonder what am I doing and what can I do to make it better so I needed to read this – thanks thanks thanks

  11. Great advice! I’ve been blogging for awhile now, going on 8 years soon I think, but I don’t always feel like a big part of the pet blog community. It’s ok with me, because I get the views which makes me happy. I like to think that even if I’ll never be a huge well known blogger, at least my posts are helping some people.

  12. Another good one is ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE. You are a top blogger, not a newbie and you know it!

    By the way, Act Like You Belong used to be TW’s motto. As a young groupie, she found that if she strolled backstage without a pass and acted like she belonged, no one would uestion her.
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  13. Wise words and grrreat advice, Silver Kitten. We agree … don’t be intimidated or think you might not be good enough – act like you belong! :o)

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