Do you have a bad case of blogger envy? Do you covet thy neighbor bloggers book hauls/follower numbers/blog design? How do you tamp down the green eyed monster?
I'm going to be brutally honest today. I'm the kind of person that constantly compares myself to everyone around me - whether it's blogging, work, the clothes I wear, the house I live in. It's a bad habit, and certainly not a healthy one, but it's just the way I am.
When it comes to blogs, the things I envy the most fall squarely into two categories:
Designs - despite the fact I'm immensely proud of the fact that although I'm a complete techno-spaz and I've designed and built my blog all by myself (and with the power of Google!), I'm often envious of other peoples blog designs - whether it's custom-made or just far more creative than I could ever be, I'd love to be prettier and fancier than I am. But deep down (maybe not that deep) I know that if I wanted a cool, funky more-awesome-than-Friday-night design I'd have to open up my purse and fork out for it, and that's what I remind myself of every time I get that green-eyed flash.
Book Hauls - this is something I'm trying hard not to be envious of. I get loads of fabulous e-arcs, awesome authors contacting me and asking me to review their books and I'm lucky enough to be in the situation that I can pretty much buy any book whenever I like, but I still find myself getting the hump when I see other bloggers getting their lucky hands on the books I'm stalking. And yes I know I can't have them all, and I certainly can't read them all, but it still gives me a twinge occasionally.
Six (or maybe even three) months ago, if this question had come up, I probably would have confessed that I was envious of other bloggers follower numbers. But recently I've just stopped worrying about it - I got bored of being envious of things I can't change and besides, I'm happy with the followers I have and it means more to me to have quality over quantity!
Overall though, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to have a little bit of blogger envy occasionally - especially if we can use it positively and strive to be better bloggers :-D
What about you, do you get blogger envy?