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Am I A Terrible Blogger?

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!

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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!

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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!

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36 thoughts on “Am I A Terrible Blogger?

  1. I’m struggling a little with this at the moment because I haven’t posted anything on my blog for over a month, and I’m often one to mention everything you talk about in this post. I suppose it bugs me because at one stage, I was super organised with my blog and had things planned and written at least a few months in advance. Now that isn’t the case and I start to panic-write when a lot of time has passed since my last post, which isn’t great.

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  2. beautiful post and oh yes, I suffer from blog guilt as well. Just this week, I cannot publish two other posts because I have my exams and I know my exams come first but there’s a part of me that feels sad that I cannot blog.

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  3. This is a great post, and something I think a lot of bloggers need to read. We all struggle with these things from time to time and it’s nice to have someone to remind us that it’s okay to have a life beyond blogging. We make the rules, after all! 😃

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  4. I see a lot of bloggers saying that ‘numbers aren’t everything’ but they’ll mention follower numbers or page views quite often.
    Totally agree with the rest of your points. Don’t force it, live your life, enjoy it!

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  5. This is so true, thank you for addressing this issue. I’ve not been blogging for long but I have felt some blogger guilt when I haven’t been interacting on twitter or reading as many posts as usual I do feel guilty like I’m not putting as much effort into blogging as I should be doing! Forced work is never gonna be as great as creative fun work so enjoy the ride and if you don’t upload there is always another day for it. Enjoy the process and don’t make blogging into something you dread🧡
    Alex x
    http://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com

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  6. This is a great post! I feel the blogger guilt everyday! I work a full time job during the week and the only time I have to blog is at the weekends but sometimes even then it’s hard for me to find the time /: x

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  7. I grapple with this because I’m not making money with my blog, I don’t own a domain or have a proper site, and I don’t get tons of comments on my blog posts.
    Still….I continue to plug away at it because if I can’t find it in me to be writing fiction, at least I can always come up with something for the blog.

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  8. We have all been there Jess, feeling in a very similar place myself at the minute about my blog. My biggest problem is finding the time. Just keep creating great content! x

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

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  9. Hi, Jess! I definitely have that “blogger guilt” going on too. I feel you, girl!I haven’t been blogging properly since July and that kind of suck considering how I love writing and sharing what I love out here. But now, I am back on track and everyone’s support is what keeps me going. I love this post! Just keep creating what you love!!

    Mary // http://marychronicles.wordpress.com

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  10. Ah, I’ve seen so many tweets and blog posts about blogger guilt (and I’m equally guilty of feeling this too) but the truth is that life does come first and spending time with loved ones is always going to be more important than sticking to a deadline. Love this post, Jess, so many truths in here, thank you for writing it! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  11. As soon as i saw the title i literally said no out loud! But i totally get and understand all of this, i’ve actually got a post coming out in a few weeks which is kind of similiar to this where i talk about how the numbers and stats can play a part in how you feel about your blog, but the main thing is that this blogging thing is personal to us, we shouldnt put so much pressure on ourselves to upload on certain days if we’re busy and its like we do have actual lives like jobs or school that have to come before blogging!x

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  12. Ah I loved this. Sometimes I feel guulty for not posting as kuch on my blog when life gets in the way, but then I remember why I started in the first place. I don’t want to write content for the sake of it, and if I don’t fancy writing, I won’t. My blog is a place where I can offload whatever thoughts I have and we shouldn’t be putting so much pressure on ourselves! X

    Evie x || https://eviejayne.co.uk

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  13. This is such a fantastic post Jess. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I agree, blogger guilt is most definitely a thing and everything you said is so relatable. I’ve recently cut down from 3 posts a week to 2, and I feel so much better for it. I was putting myself under too much pressure which wasn’t very fun. That’s so true about life getting in the way, I had some blogging things to catch up with over the weekend, but decided to spend some time with my family instead. I had a really enjoyable day and our blogs will always be there for us when we are ready. As long as we are enjoying what we do, that is the main thing, numbers and stats are not that important really. Great post, I always enjoy stopping by your blog and yay I’m looking forward to read your tips for Disneyland Paris soon! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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