Not having a nice camera.
Not having Photoshop.
Not having a graphics tablet.
Not having an Etsy blog template.
Not have all the ARCS.
Not having a quality computer.
Not having the connections.
Not having endless resources.
Not having money.
None of these things are as valuable as having an idea. None of these things are as valuable as having a vision of what you want your blog to become, both visually and in content. If
you're jealous you've admired someone else's blog, you have the ingredients you need to recognize your vision. I like how Blogger A writes smart book reviews, I like how Blogger B uses negative space in their design, I like how Blogger C takes photos. Keep track of what you love about other people's blogs and let it inspire the direction of your blog. Grab some paper, do a little sketch of what you want your design to look like and write down ideas for posts. Congrats, your vision has been born. Knowing what you want the end product to look like is your most precious blogging tool.
This is where most of us stop, look at our vision and say "I can't make this happen, because I don't have _____" Full stop. "I can go no further" We need to stop doing this.
For a long time my "blank" was my design tools, mainly Photoshop. I would tell myself that I couldn't create good graphics for SOI because I didn't have Photoshop. I couldn't get Photoshop because, at the time, Sunny = broke. I used my lack of Photoshop as an excuse to stop improving. I convinced myself that I had pushed my graphics to the threshold; if they were to improve, I needed Photoshop. For awhile, I wallowed in the thought of the design tools that I didn't have. SOI suffered because I refused to find other ways of making my vision into a reality.
Then I learned that there is almost always more than one way to make your vision a reality. And, if you can't find an alternative way, there's always a way your can tweak an idea without compromising the integrity of your vision.
I started by googling (I always start by googling). The internet has so much to offer if you're willing to look. The get around that I found for my Photoshop woes, was a free program called GIMP. I invested time into learning how to use this software and produce the graphics that were in my vision for SOI.
Was my preference still Photoshop? Of course, but I had found a way to get the end product I wanted, and a way to keep improving my blog. Eventually, I saved up some money and bought myself Photoshop Elements, but I'm grateful for the time I spent without it. I learned to stop making excuses, stop settling into complicity, and start looking for alternative ways to make things happen
Sometimes we forget the value of a vision and get hung up on the quality (or lack thereof) of tools that we have in our arsenal. Instead of getting stuck, I always want to focus on what I do have and learn to make the most of it.
Do you have this problem? Do you find yourself getting discouraged when it comes to blogging? What "get-arounds" have you found to your blogging woes? Let me know what you're thinking in the comments!
Part of what helps me shape my vision for SOI is the responses from my readership survey which is still open; to complete it click here.
Reading: Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl
Listening: Alabama Shakes
Watching: Rookie Blue