finding a support system


Dear Diary,

I’ve been roller coastering through emotions with the blog recently (and not the “throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care,” kind of way). There are just so many blogs out there that are beautiful and successful, so starting a blog when there are so many blogs to choose from can feel a little intimidating.

How do I get viewership up? How do I come off as me and still have people want to come back to the blog? How do I get people to even know my blog is out there? How do I consistently feel confident in my work when I don’t consistently see growth or receive feedback?

It’s just interesting because people “love” unique and different (which I actually do love being unique and different), but the blogs that seem really popular all look very similar. The layout is similar, the clothes, style, and luxuries are all similar, so where do I fit in there?

So far, the only thing I can figure out with all my questions is that having a support system is more than important when creating something new, it is vital. My husband and my friend Kendi have talked me off the ledge so many times (through bad posts, low viewership, or just technology struggles) and have believed in my blog before it ever was. They are always interested (even if they don’t have time or really don’t want to know how to make banana bread) and also give me constructive criticism. At least I know, through my struggles, I have people who are honest and also build me up. So instead of having a melt down today, I think I will chat with my husband about my worries and go from there.

Here is a quick reminder that bad photos aren’t always bad, sometimes they are fun memories, I just need to remember that.

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  1. Michelle says:

    I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your blog, and look forward to your posts. I really like the mixture of content and how genuine you come across. Don’t get discouraged!! Looking forward to what and when you post again!

    • paperyrain says:

      1. I can’t begin to tell you how special your comment was to me. Thank you so much.
      2. I had just told my husband that I need to get this baby fired up and working regularly again, so Monday it is.
      3. You honestly made me feel so great and I thank you so much for that!


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