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Community Over Competition



"It's a dog eat dog world." 
"Like crabs in a barrel." 
"Every man for himself." 
These are just a few of the quotes I remember hearing growing up when the topic of  competition came up. Although a novice blogger, I've already seen the fangs of competition try to seep themselves into the egos of many. 

But do we have to let it?

I've had several amazing encounters since I've launched my blog! So many phenomenal people with great content on their pages. Seeing other people thrive in the blogging world excites me! It inspires me to aspire to be more and do more.

I've attended several webinars with blog gurus sharing invaluable tips and their expertise! (Special shout out to Alisha and Helene!) Due to them choosing #CommunityOverCompetition I have acquired tools to put in my blogging tool box *throws confetti in the air* lol 

This inspired me! Let's be real. Blogging is a well saturated community with over 150 million active blogs! Yep... you heard me right. Over 150 million! Now before you delete your blog out of hopelessness, shift your perspective. This could be viewed as YOU having a PLETHORA of resources to learn from. 

I've been told that things I'm doing are inspiring and other bloggers have asked me for tips, resources and more. Some people have said "They're stealing your shine!" "Don't tell them how you did it. Let them figure it out, like you had to figure it out." 

Ever been tempted to respond like this? *raises hand* lol 
If this was all of us (which I know it's not), none of us would get anywhere. Most of us learned what we know from someone who chose an open hand rather than a clenched fist.

Now, I know , I know. You're probably thinking, "But Jenn! I don't want them to copy what I'm doing! What if they get further along than me? What about ME???" 

Trust me. I get the fear of stunting your own progress. I really do! I've had to give myself quite a few pep talks to choose generosity in various areas of my life. But to that I say this:

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. 

This may seem like self sabotage to some, but I dare you to renew your thinking, consider this concept and stay motivated :)  

Granted, this is not a "Tell everyone everything you know and use no discretion!" post. This is simply to remind us that we don't have to choose cynicism in order to ensure our own success.




What do you think about #CommunityOverCompetition?
Have you benefited from others helping you?


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6 comments

  1. Blogging wouldn't be blogging without my community! It actually hurts my heart a little to hear that there are bloggers out there who are so aloof and unwilling to help or offer advice. I would be willing to bet, however, that those bloggers will be the ones to burn out and quit within the year. If blogging for seven years has taught me anything, it is that you cannot do this long-term without a support network behind you to boost you up, provide you with honest feedback, and to help you brainstorm when you are stuck.

    Also, to the argument that about not wanting people to copy you, with 150 million blogs out there, chances are that it is already too late. ;)

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    1. Love your thoughts Michelle! And I agree. There's nothing new under the sun. Grateful that I feel there are more focused on community than competing! :)

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  2. What a great post Jenn (and hi!). This is so true... we're prone to view contemporaries as competitors when we shouldn't.

    I love the candle quote - it sums it up perfectly!

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  3. Wonderfully worded!
    I love the idea of #CommunityOverCompetition. The internet is one of the rare places where you can truthfully be yourself without the reservations we may normally faced in day-to-day life, or you can say everything you want without taking any consequences. I have always taken the stance that, "Copying is the greatest form of compliment." Though it may discourage you if someone takes your idea and makes more [ money / popularity / likes / what have you ], if you do it for yourself there is no reason to be ashamed because yours wasn't the best. If you do everything for yourself, then you have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything to be proud of in those who succeed.
    So why not make it a friendly space for other to approach you so they can get to know you and give you credit where credit is earned?

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    1. And this is why I love you lol My sentiments exactly! I know it can be tempting to view imitation as obnoxious but nothing is new under the sun. I've learned so much from various bloggers, life experiences and more. My biggest push is to always remember community. Let's help one another with a smile :)

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