Who Do You Compete With?

When I first started this blog, it was just a place for me to write things that I couldn’t write anywhere else. It was a place for me to talk about all that I have learned over the last three years. But when Mark added the Top 100 list at 45n5.com, I started to create goals for this blog beyond expanding the blog by at least one more unique visitor each month.

I wanted to get into the top one hundred, and then the top fifty, and then the top thirty. Today, I am sitting in the top twenty. I can’t see myself rising much higher, but I enjoyed having goals and a strange sense of competition.

I didn’t let the fact that I was competing really change the blog, but it lit a fire under me to get more done on this site than I might have otherwise been able to.

I worked on building vast amounts of content, pushed my networking skills as hard as possible to get inbound links, spent some money on having WordPress themes developed so I could release them for even more attention, and worked on building up my traffic so that I could continue to rise up the ranks.

I watched as my competitors blogs faded as they lost interest. I waited as Google re-assessed their PageRank system, assigning new higher ranks to me, and less high ranks to many of my competitors. I added the Alexa toolbar on my web browser to attempt to give me one more vote to push my rank just that little bit higher, and wrote about Alexa on a few occasions in hopes of drawing in their user base to increase my rank even more.

I worked hard on trying to build a community while also focusing on improving the ranks that would help me achieve my goals. I didn’t take any big short cuts, and my continued growth is in part because I continued on while others gave up.

Having a person to compete with can really help those of us that have problems with inspiration or issues sticking to a single task for a long period of time. You don’t have to be the best, but you should want to do better than a fair number of your peers and thus competitors.

Who are you competing with, and why? Or if you are a person that doesn’t enjoy competition, how do you inspire yourself to continue moving forward? Let me know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Who Do You Compete With?

  1. Yana

    This post is inspirational in the way that epic battle music is. Especially the first two sentences.
    I’m working on starting a blog of my own (just finishing up the design…) but this whole time I’ve been wondering why I even need one. I’m not looking to get into the Top 100/50/30/etc (yet!) and its nice to be reassured that there’s no problem with having “yet another” design blog that is, at least at first, more a forum for your thoughts than your bid in the popularity contest.
    Thanks : ]

  2. David Peralty Post author

    Totally Yana. I didn’t really cover that here, but my first thought when starting this blog had nothing to do with being the best, but instead just letting me write things down in a public forum. If you go back to the start of this blog, you will notice dozens of well written posts without a single comment.

    If you want to blog for you, there is nothing wrong with that at all. It can be quite enjoyable. I still go back and read some of my old writing, especially when I am starting a new blog. 🙂

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