I know the struggle: you're sitting on your computer late at night, browsing the beautiful blogs of fellow creatives, wondering why your blog doesn't look the way theirs does, why your e-mail list is so much smaller than theirs and quite honestly: why your blog tribe is lacking in comparison.
STOP RIGHT NOW.
This is dangerous to your blog's health!
Your blog is perfect as it is and so is your tribe of followers and valued members of your circle. The individuals who adore your blog and build you up instead of tear you down are the ones you'll want to keep around. They believe in you, they believe in your message, and they're perfect as a group, as they are... right now.
You cultivated this specific tribe for a reason. They heard you--they heard your struggles, your successes and somehow related to them. They share your dreams, your goals, your fears.
Here at Fashionably Frank, we love our tribe. We love our die-hard readers who keep coming back every other day to catch up with us and hopefully gain a glimmer of life hacks that will ease their life and improve their productivity.
When you're feeling in doubt about your tribe and the speed of its growth, remember this:
THEY FEEL YOU
They understand your biggest challenges in life, and they feel them, too. You write your posts geared towards a specific person, right? If you're targeting your audience correctly, you're bound to reach the right people! They feel you in your pain and your happiness, and this emotional, psychological connection will greatly sustain your relationship.
THEY'RE HERE FOR A REASON
Similarly, they keep coming back for a reason. Because you targeted your proper audience, clearly you feel as though you have something of value that is specific to this audience demographic. They feed off of your informative tidbits because you are, in their opinion, an authority in your niche or at least worth listening to.
It's truly all about quality over quantity, and your tribe is just that--a family. The word "tribe" used in this matter greatly reflects the deepness of the connection you may form with your readers. That they're not just "readers"--they mean something special.
THEY COUNT ON YOU
If you're focusing all your time and energy on being miserable and moping about how little your view count / subscriber count is, this takes away the time and energy you could be dedicating towards crafting quality content that your tribe is craving. You've set a precedence and they're counting on you.
So, the next time that you're feeling down, come back to this post and give yourself the pep talk you so greatly deserve.