Tuesday, 18 August 2015

7 Tips To Get Rid Of Bloggers Guilt

7 tips to get rid of bloggers guilt
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What I didn't realise when I started blogging is the amount of guilt that comes with it. I have heard bloggers talk about 'bloggers guilt' and this is definitely a real thing. Blogging with a full time job as well can be extremely stressful and can often leave lots of us feeling full of guilt for not putting enough time into our blogs and not blogging enough. It’s hard enough trying to balance a job with a social life as well as keeping on top of general household chores - throwing a blog in there too is not easy and can be overwhelming at times.

Since starting my blog there have been times when I have felt a lot of guilt about not blogging enough and over time I have found my own ways of dealing with it. I have put together some tips which help me blog guilt free and without worry so I thought it would be a nice idea to share these with you all.

1. Don’t set a target of how many times you are going to blog in a week. All this talk about how you must post at least 2-3 times a week is not true – post as much as you feel you are able to. If I only post once a week I just accept that was all I was able to do and don’t put pressure on myself.

2. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. I often find myself reading blogs and thinking ‘how do they have time to blog 5 days a week?!’ Remember everyone is different and they might not have a full time job like you do so therefore they have more time to blog.

3. It’s ok to take a break. I stopped blogging for over two weeks while I went on holiday earlier in the year - I didn’t lose any followers and nothing had changed when I came back. It’s nothing to stress about and completely natural to want a break at times. We have a break from our jobs when we take holiday so we can have a break from our blogs too.

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4. Don’t sacrifice a social life for your blog. There has been a couple of time when I have thought ‘I can’t go for dinner tonight because I’m behind with blogging this week’. But then I remember it’s hard enough to make time to see friends as it is with a full time job, I’m not going to turn down an evening out with friends for an evening on my own glued to my laptop.

5. Don’t let blogging become a chore. Unless you are a full time blogger it is important to remember that your blog is one of your hobbies and not your job. This means it is something you enjoy and choose to do – you don’t have to blog. Sometimes I have evenings where I would just rather sit and watch Netflix instead of finish writing that blog post and it’s ok to do this – we are only human! Cooking is also a hobby of mine but there are times when I just can’t be bothered and buy a ready meal. If I forced myself to cook every night it would no longer be fun and would become a chore and it is exactly the same with blogging. I will only sit down and blog when I want to - this means it stays as one of my favourite hobbies and never feels like a chore.

6. Remember that no one is perfect. I have sometimes found myself wondering things like ‘how are her photos so perfect?’, ‘I wish my life was as exciting as hers’, ‘how is she so amazing at shooting ootd’s, I’m so awkward in front of the camera’. You might think someone has the perfect life you dream of – but realistically they are probably thinking the same things about someone else. Social media can be misleading and only shows the parts of someone’s life that they want you to see.

7. Stop worrying about stats. During my first year of blogging I kept worrying about my stats, wondering why they weren’t increasing quick enough and panicking about not having enough followers. It's expected that my blog isn't going to grow as fast as others as I don't have enough hours in the day to dedicate to it and I don't mind this. I have already had some amazing things happen through blogging including making wonderful new friends and going to lots of events and there’s really no need to worry about stats when blogging is a hobby not a job.

I’m sure those of you with full time jobs like me have enough stress already in work you don’t need to stress about blogging as well. What I’m really trying to say is blog because you want to – not because you have to. I hope this helps anyone of you that experience a case of blogger’s guilt now and again.

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What are your tips to guilt free blogging? Have you experienced any of these feelings?
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