“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied. “ ~George Washington Carver

Starting a blog is not an easy task. The amount of research that goes into designing your own brand, and creating your own website takes time. There’s a lot of trial and error, and mistakes will be made. 

I’m a college student who is unable to work this summer, which means I have to watch my budget. It was tempting to throw a ton of money at this website, but I know that it’s best to do what I can with what I have.

Patience is a necessary trait, no matter what you’re doing. For blogging this is a requirement. 

First, you have to  realize that you’re not going to become a millionaire overnight. Next, you have to accept that some days you’re not going to write the posts you planned. Lastly, you must understand that it’s okay to set limits. 

Not everyone can afford a fancy $500 – $2000 camera for their Instagram feed. And, that’s okay. 

If you can buy one, and are willing to take the time to learn Photoshop or Lightroom, knock yourself out. If you can’t, don’t worry about it. 

When you compare your work to others, it seems like you’re not fulfilling an unspoken requirement, but it’s not true. 

Sometimes I doubt how amazing my blog is. I want it to look as “professional” as possible. Well, “professionalism” takes time. 

Comparing your first few months as a blogger to seasoned veterans, gets you nowhere. 

I set limits to keep my sanity. I know that I could write blog posts every day, but sometimes I need to rest and de-stress. I do what I can, I do my best, and that’s all I can do. 

It seems like everyone is taking trips to Rome or Paris, but there’s nothing wrong with taking selfies in your backyard. No yard? You have a wall somewhere. 

Besides, you have more important things to worry about than cover photos. 

The appearance of your blog – the colors, the fonts, the photos – are all important, but what matters most is your content. 

This is why I started my blog using a free platform. Why spend money on a domain and host site when you don’t have to? 

It’s great to dream big. My big dreams included posting at least three times a week and posting daily on my Instagram. 

The more I learned about blogging, the more I realized that these dreams weren’t realistic goals. I mean, we’re in the middle of a pandemic for goodness sake!

Personally, I disagree with “never be satisfied”. It’s important to feel proud of your accomplishments and feel fulfillment in your work. 

I get where Carver’s coming from though. If you remain complacent with your art (your writings and other pieces), you stop improving, which is the death of creativity.

This post is part of my 30-Day Writing Challenge (Day 5).

Make sure to check out my previous post on this month’s 30-Day Writing Challenge!

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