Not one single human is free of sin. We all make mistakes and we all regret some of the things we’ve done. It’s important to be aware of certain temptations and pitfalls that may cross your path, so that you’re better at dealing with them or even when you’ve already committed the sin, you can be aware of it and learn from your (human) mistake. Let’s look at some of these sins that may occur when you have a hobby called blogging.
Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.
Are bloggers vain? Outfit bloggers post pictures of ourselves on the Internet for the whole wide world to see and comment on, so we must think we look good and dress well. Granted, not all comments will be positive, but most of them will be and whenever we do get a sort of negative comment we write it off as “jealousy”. There’s a difference between a hater, who’s just out to get you (and yes it’s best to just ignore that) or someone who’s just telling you their opinion and is not agreeing with you. I’ve seen it happen that bloggers get all worked up in this case & start complaining about “the nerve of some people”. It’s not because most of your comments are positive and praising that everyone in the world is thinking the same way. So when another person is expressing their opinion in a decent way, you shouldn’t be all that shocked. Maybe it’s good to think about what this person said and take it into consideration to improve certain aspects of your blog. Positive praise can become quite addictive, watch out and don’t lose sight of who you are and don’t take your success for granted: pride goes before a fall.
Desire to have a quality, possession, or other attribute belonging to someone else
If there’s an annoying characteristic about humans, it’s that we often want what we can’t have & that we’re jealous of the people who have it. I’ll shamefully admit that I too, have been envious before (I even wrote a post about it, so there’s no denying it) of other people’s blog and success. However, I admit that’s really lame and stupid. Instead of the energy you put in this negativity, it’s better to try and focus on the positive and use the time you have to work on improving your own blog.
a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power
Wealth, status, power – that doesn’t sound so bad, now does it? Imagine if you could live comfortably off your blog and you’re considered as a fashion influential in the business, I’m sure a lot of us wouldn’t say no to that kind of thing. Of course, there’s always hard work involved to reach a certain level of success, which makes it logical that you get rewarded in some way. However, are you happy with what you’re getting these days or do you want more and more? Think about the days when you used to get little presents, and they made you happy. Are you requesting fancy rooms with white satin sheets, can there only be green M&M’s in your bowl, or is blogging merely a tool to get free stuff and invitations? It may be time to tone down the greedy monster inside you.
over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, intoxicants or wealth items to the point of waste
I added this one for fun :) All of us who’ve been to events on a regular occasion, know you usually get spoiled with lots of food and drinks. The devil will take the form of beautiful PR people and handsome waiters who try to seduce you to over-indulge in the copious meals and champagne that are being served. You think to yourself: one more cupcake can’t hurt, right? Everyone else is doing it… Less is more, they say. Maybe it’s not so bad if you put down the cupcakes & champagne every now and then ;)
Tell me, are you a sinner? I wrote a similar post called The Blogging Commandments, if you just can’t get enough of all this preaching fun!