Not really. It just makes me work harder to get to where I want to be. I do get a little upset when I see newer bloggers expecting great opportunities when they haven't even paid their dues. Or people who, when they don't get something they want, throw a full blown tantrum and then end up getting it because of it....and yes, I'm referring to bloggers;)
I feel you on this. New bloggers REALLY need to pay their dues before expecting anything. If they work hard and create an audience, then by all means, they should get many opportunities. But if they haven't, they really need to work harder. New bloggers would probably be floored by how hard we work. This is a full-time job!
Not really. When I do get the occasional "twinge" (i.e.when someone gets invited to something I'd really like to go to), I've trained myself to think "Good for them. They worked hard for it and I hope that they enjoy themselves." (That's what I do in life in general when others get/have something that I'd like for myself!)
Besides, blogging has been REALLY good to me and my family in the last year that I've focused on it.
The only time I feel envious is when I get the feeling that their career is blogging related. That would be a dream. But for me, I have a full time job on top of being a mom and on top of my blog so...I really do as much as I can and that is what it is...I can't change the amount of time I can put into it.
And it's funny, you never know what perceptions other people will have of you. One person might think I'm a successful mom blogger and another might think I'm small potatoes. I have no control over that either. I just do my thing and be happy that I'm doing it.
I would be lying if I said no. With that said it doesn't happen often and it doesn't last long. I know that success takes work. The thing that irks me (doesn't really have to do with envy) is when a very generic poorly written and executed blog gets attention over the blogs with original, honest, well written, well thought out content.
Envious of their success, no. Envious of their engery/free time/robust time management - yes!
There are some bloggers whom I wonder, "How do they have time do all that?" Regarding some of the mom bloggers for example, how do they have hundreds of followers (this takes lots of networking/commenting time), follow a ton of blogs, twitter all day, visit social blog sites (MBC being one of them) etc etc ...and take care of kids? I'd love for them to share their secrets.
And by the way, they obviously worked hard to get where they are so they deserve success. I just need to know what vitamins they take so I can get 'me some :)
Envy? Well, kind of, sort of, but not really:) Okay, a little bit:) Especially when that blogger has 900 followers and writes about...nothing. But when jealousy starts to rear it's ugly head I have to remind myself that I'm not into blogging for money or success, but to have it more as a journal.
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