Hey lovelies! Today is going to be a bit more of a chatty post because recently I’ve been feeling the ‘blogger guilt’ quite a lot and I know a lot of us go through it so I thought I’d give you my thoughts about it.
I like to be organised when it comes to blogging which is why I try to stick to a blogging schedule of uploading on a Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. However, recently I’ve been finding that on the day I should be posting I still don’t have my post written because I haven’t had time or I have no ideas for a post. This leaves me feeling ‘guilty’ that I haven’t stuck to my upload schedule or I end up rushing round trying to get a post written and the photos taken within a couple of hours! But here’s why we shouldn’t be left feeling ‘blogger guilt’ all the time.
The Blog is Yours!
Your blog is your own personal space of the internet to write about whatever you want to. For most people blogging is a hobby and we still have to work full time jobs and fit blogging in around that. I’m quite lucky in that some days I only have to work a half day so I can get some blog work done in the morning/afternoon while I’m not at work and I don’t work weekends, so Saturday mornings are usually when I spend my time writing posts whereas I know some bloggers have even less time than I do.
If you don’t have time to write a post you shouldn’t feel guilty, it’s YOUR blog so do whatever is best for you! I doubt your readers will be that disappointed with you that they have to wait an extra day or two for a post or that you’ve missed one upload. I’m sure you’ll make it up to them another week when you have more time or in times like Blogmas/Blogtober!
Writer’s Block is an Actual Thing
We see lots of people talk about having ‘writer’s block’ and since writing this blog I’ve learnt that it is an actual thing! Some days no matter how many ‘blog post ideas’ posts I read and think ‘that’s a good idea’ or ‘yeah I could write that’ I simply can’t write a post that I think is good enough to share with you.
The best thing to do when you’re experiencing writer’s block is to turn off your laptop (or whatever you write your posts on) and go and do something else! You’ll probably find that if you sit there and try to force the words out you’ll just get frustrated with yourself and you won’t be happy with the end product anyway!
Go and read a book or binge watch some Netflix, you could even go out and do something which could inspire you to write a post. If I could drive I know I’d forever be going on nature walks with my camera and taking beautiful pictures that I could use for my blog! The words will come back to you eventually, you probably just need to give your brain some time off!
Life is Allowed to Get in the Way!
You know those times that you’ve planned to have a ‘blogging day’ but then someone offers for you to go out for lunch or you could meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in months? You should go out and enjoy yourself without that feeling of ‘omg if I’d stayed home imagine how much work I could have got done’.
Your blog will always be there for you when you get home and you can catch up with your work another time, the simple fact is if you keep blowing off your friends when they ask you to go out they’ll simply stop asking you. Time spent with your loved ones is so precious that you should always be grateful for it and cherish that time; so go out for that meal, eat your body weight in cake, enjoy yourself and worry about scheduling those tweets another time!
Numbers Aren’t Everything
I see so many bloggers telling each other that ‘numbers aren’t everything’ and I understand but I really need to focus more on this point myself. Each month I try to hit a certain number of blog views and if I miss a post I worry that ‘what if I don’t hit my monthly views target now’.
The thing is, yes I’d be disappointed if I didn’t hit my target but surely that would just push me to work harder the next month? As long as you are enjoying the content that you’re writing that’s the main thing!
So yes my blog might not be the best in the world, I might not be self-hosted and have a million collaborations with huge brands that I would love to work with and my flatlays may be terrible BUT, I enjoy writing my blog and I know that my posts sometimes help others so that’s the main thing! Whether it’s a beauty/book review that helps the reader know whether they should pick it up or not or tips for Disneyland Paris (you’ll be getting a lot of those posts soon) as long as someone is still reading my content and enjoying it then I need to stop feeling so guilty and so do all the other bloggers out there!
Do you suffer from ‘blogger guilt’? Let me know in the comments!