Blogging is HARD. If you’ve ever searched for a road map only to come up empty handed, you’re not alone. (Re)Discovering the Basics chronicles one blogger’s (Gaby’s!) journey to finding her own way in the online world. Together, we’ll open the discussion on how we blog and what both new and established bloggers can learn from each other.
Amanda’s note: Ever felt burnt out or like you’re not doing ENOUGH for your blog? READ THIS POST. If you’d like to read the reasoning behind this discussion series, you can check out my interview with Gaby.
Last week I got coffee with my friend, who I will from this moment on refer to as M. M is a BIG reader and, as such, possibly one of my blog’s biggest supporters (don’t worry, guys, I thank her in book recommendations. And hugs). I hadn’t seen her in a while so we had a lot to talk about on the book front. At a certain point, M turned to me and said something to effect of: “I go on your blog every day and sometimes I get mad there isn’t more content because I love it so much and I want more. But then I remember: OH, this is Gaby’s blog. I know her, she’s a person and she has a life that doesn’t solely revolve around her blog.”
I think we can all agree that M’s made a VERY interesting and accurate point. I’m not a machine. None of us are. We have lives, jobs, friends, family, school, homework, other interests, WHATEVER. We are busy people. And yeah, we all love our blogs and I don’t think we’d have them if we didn’t have SOME time for them, but I don’t think it’s even healthy to spend all you time working on it.
Which I think addresses the need to churn out content. We all feel somewhat beholden to our blogs. Whether you feel that way because you want to up your number of followers, respect the followers you already have, are really ambitious or you’re just a little OCD like I am, you want to post every day, maybe even multiple times a day.
But here’s the thing, just because you feel like you need to post every day, multiple times a day doesn’t mean you have to, or even should. There definitely is a lot of pressure – for the reasons listed above and others. And when you feel like those reasons are making the room around you smaller, as they inevitably will, you need to remember that you aren’t another blogger. You’re YOU. Maybe it’s at this point you need to revisit your reasons for blogging. Or maybe you just need to take a step back and breathe. Either way, you should definitely do SOMETHING because anxiety and other really bad things come from those walls closing in and who really wants something they started for fun to become something stressful and unexciting?
It is worth noting that there ARE ways to deal with the urge to churn out content:
Amanda has a post on scheduling posts–although it’s totally okay if you can’t schedule months in advance. I’m a born procrastinator and while it’s not my favorite thing about myself, it works. Mostly.
Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner also put together a pretty sick blog post about finding the time to blog. I like all of the different blogger opinions in one post. A lot.
There are also a lot of other bloggers who have already about this scramble to churn out content and how THEY deal with it. I’VE even talked about my issues and the solution to my issues on my own blog.
I will say that there is no easy answer and nothing works for everyone. You just need to find YOUR balance so you don’t burn out or start hating your blog or something else equally terrible. Don’t fall to the pressure to write a million blog posts if you just can’t do it. No one will like you less if you don’t post every day. They might occasionally forget you’re a human being, like M sometimes does to me, but they won’t stop reading your blog. Or at least, I won’t.