There Are No Fixed Maps When You Take On Your Passion Journey

I spent a year stumbling around the internet and posting dilly-dally just to meet certain checkpoints and cross out bullets on my to-do lists but if there's a one lesson I learned from all the late night hours hopping from one blog to another, it's this:

One of my biggest mistakes was relying heavily on what worked for other people. Of course I'm not discrediting the wonderful works of bloggers who blog about blogging here; rather, I want to show that at the end of the day, you work and venture towards the direction you want to go. What I ended up doing back then was letting others take me where I think they can take me. I completely had this mindset that if I follow step-by-step whatever they, I'd be like them, too. I'd succeed the way they did.

But where's the authenticity and fun in that?

While the many many many blogging worksheets/cheat sheets plus exploring all sorts of blogging tips and tricks -- from SEO to frequency of posting, from choosing the right platform to utilizing social media -- truly helped me a lot, I realized I pressured myself too much to be very "on point" that any form of setbacks discouraged me a lot. Typing this right now... I honestly feel so vulnerable because upon remembering how enthusiastic I was about this blog when it started, there is also the hard truth that I am nowhere near to how I envisioned this blog to be.

But that's okay.

The burnout consumed me, but I know there must be a reason why I ended up renewing my domain name and having this blog run on for another year. To be honest, I don't really know what that reason is just yet but until then, I'll just fill this space up with as much as possible, of who I am and what I do.

If you're ever at that point right now where the burnout is slowly turning you into a useless pile of ashes, there's really just one thing to do: take a step back and personally reflect on the reason why the burnout happened in the first place, and then create a simple solution . Be honest with yourself and figure out what went wrong for you.

In my case, it's the idea that I felt like I was doing all the tips and tricks I saw online but none of them were working to my liking. It was the personal frustration of "how come they can do it and I can't?"

My passion journey ended up becoming patterned to that of others and, along with it, is losing my sense of purpose for everything. Some of the successful bloggers I personally know didn't even go through what I did -- of searching for "how to grow your blog traffic", "best blog titles", "SEO tips for new blogs" and whatnot -- but they simply enjoyed their own process of doing what they like and putting it out there for people to see. Rather, for the right people to see.

I don't know if this blogging strategy would work but it's a good one to try -- it's time to take the wheel and steer towards my own passion journey.

I hope yours go really well, too. :) 


Let me know what you think about this!