While starting this blog has been the best thing I’ve ever done, blogging really isn’t like a ‘normal’ hobby or career. It’s all consuming and never ending. Blogging can often be perceived as a perfect luxury lifestyle full of shiny new things and none stop fun. And it can be. But it can also be really hard work, lots of late nights and not having enough hours in the day to do everything you need to. When we start blogging we do it because we love it. We blog because we want to, not because we feel pressure to provide new and engaging content for our hundreds, thousands or millions of readers, or to please PR’s. But quite quickly blogging can become all consuming and almost like an addiction. And I find that when I’m going through a low point with blogging I feel intense pressure to start liking it again. Social media is a noisy world and being part of the amazing blogging community means you’re surround by people who are experiencing highs with their blogs – so the pressure is there to love it if you currently aren’t. So here a three reasons why it’s perfectly normal to not love blogging all the time:
There will always be highs and lows
Like anything in life, there will be times when you absolutely love something and times when you don’t – that’s perfectly normal. As long as the highs outweigh the lows then you’re on the right track. If they don’t then maybe think about taking a break? I find I start to not love blogging when I put myself under too much pressure and for me taking a break always helps to reignite the passion for blogging
The haters will always hate
As bloggers we’ve all been there, you’ve put up a great piece of content that you’re really proud of and then along comes a troll to try and ruin your day. And it;s so easy to let that person win and ruin your day and make you doubt yourself in your ability as a blogger. But you can’t! The haters will always hate and you just have to rise above it and just ban or block them from your feed so you can’t see anymore of their negativity.
It’s OK to say no
Although it might not seem like it sometimes, the only person who has control of your blog is you. And while it’s incredibly exciting when a PR gets in contact about working with you things can get out of control quite quickly and before you know it you’ve agreed to feature a post on bins, or sheds or something else that has no relevance to your blog. It might seem a little taboo but it’s OK to say no to projects or collaborations that don’t work for you. After all, by you saying no, you’re given the PR a chance to present the opportunity to someone else who might appreciate it more.
Do you think it’s OK to not love blogging all the time?