Recently I have been seeing a LOT of posts about the “pressures” of blogging. If you have felt or still feel that pressure then this post is mostly for you (others are still welcome). 🙂
If you feel pressure from blogging that causes stress, anxiety, or some other form of discomfort, then I am virtually sending you the biggest, warmest, most gigantic hug that I could possible manage. This hug does not end until you finish reading this post.
Now, listen to me very closely okay?
Blogging is not meant to be stressful. It’s supposed to be fun; a hobby. It’s an outlet for our thoughts and feelings and by no means should be based on the expectations of other people. Unfortunately, most of these “expectations” end up coming from yourself instead of other people, and it end up ruining the fun.
No one is telling you that you need to blog everyday, participate in every weekly meme that’s out there, and achieve a minimum of comments per post. You’re telling yourself that, and there is no need to think that you have to achieve these impossible standards. I mean,… you are certainly capable of all of that, but it isn’t a requirement.
If you can only post once a week, or once a month, or even once a year, then do it. There is no Blogging Police that’s going to come around and ticket you for not posting every second of every minute.
If you participate in Top Ten Tuesday (or other weekly memes) but you want to skip it this week then….skip it! You’re allowed!
If you’re writing a book review that only takes 2 minutes to read, what is the issue? Who said that all of your posts have to be 1000 words long? NO ONE!
If life is happening and you need to take a hiatus from blogging then just do it. Maybe leave us a goodbye post if you want. Take the time off. Shit happens. LIFE happens. Sometimes things get in the way of blogging such as work, school, health, and a million other things. That is okay. It happens, and it will continue to happen no matter what.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that you enjoy what you do. If blogging is becoming too stressful or time consuming then take a step back, take a deep breath, and reevaluate your blogging commitment.
Remember why you started your blog. If it was to gain the most followers then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. If it was to have fun, make friends, and have great discussion then what is stopping you from enjoying that? Do not compare your blog to everyone else’s. This is about you. BE SELFISH. DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! If posting 7 times a day makes you happy then do it for that reason and not because you think it is what other people want.
Make blogging fun for you and stop worrying about everyone else.
We can stop hugging now…or not. It’s up to you 🙂
Moral of the Story: The only person pressuring you to blog…is you