My mum is a very wise woman. One of her best pieces of advice ever? “You do what you do.” Always useful in those moments when you’re second-guessing yourself. Looking at everyone else. Wondering why they seem to be more popular/cool/successful than you. Slanting green-eyed looks at the person next to you. Or the one across the room. Wondering if what you’re writing/saying/doing is … enough.
You do what you do. Nobody else does what you do.
Trying to be someone or something else is never the answer. The only voice that will work for you is your voice. Have confidence in that voice.
Stop comparing. Stop contrasting. Focus on making what you do the best that you can do.
Or, as Oscar Wilde said, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
It’s great advice. It works. In writing, in blogging, in life.