A blog-announcement.

A blog-announcement.

This morning one of the bloggers that I absolutely loved reading, decided to say goodbye to her blog. All the sad faces.

But it got me thinking; I have been feeling the same for the last few months. I have tried to take a break from it, to see if I can find my love for it again… and sometimes I do. I get a whole rush of motivation and have a hundred different ideas and fall back in love with it, and then slowly but surely- I fall out of it again a few days or weeks later.

And this has been the same for probably over 5 Months now.

But what do I do?

Do I give up? After 2.5 years of hard work, love, stress, tears and more work? (But ultimately- one of the best jobs I have ever had) or do I give it one more go- but this time differently.

It’s so hard to find that work/ life/ blog balance. I used to attend UNI, work on a bar Thursday through to Sunday AND still find the time to blog- so why can’t I do it now- with only a 7-8 Monday- Friday work work to deal with (including my commute)?

I think what’s made it so much harder to blog is the fact that the industry has changed so much in the last few years. There is double if not triple the amount of bloggers popping up everywhere and the level of standard has definitely increased. The pressure to create original, lol-worthy content with stunning photography and uploading CONSTANTLY with full social media usage has become the norm- and I’m just not good enough. Which is probably the most disheartening thing. I feel like the amount of time I have will never equate to enough effort to be anywhere near as good as the other blogs out there…

But then I realised- I stated blogging because I loved writing. I loved the challenge and the creativity. I did it for me- not for anyone else. Why have I let everything commercial and professional get in the way!? I started treating my blog as a job rather than a hobby, and who wants to leave their normal job to go to another which doesn’t actually pay very much at all? I was attacking the issue the complete wrong way. I sucked all the fun out of it- and it became so mundane and dull. I should have been spending that time to try and find ways to enjoy it again- and that’s what I am now determined to do.

So- blogging…

I am giving you one last chance. And this time we are going to go back to our roots and do this right. Because I’m not ready to give up on you just yet.

We are going to work out our differences and our problems and change that love on the surface back to deeply, madly – in love because I know it’s still there somewhere.

 

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7 Comments

  1. April 5, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Well done for figuring out what went wrong. I hope you fall in love with blogging and your blog again! I also started because I needed a creative outlet and as I’m no artist, writing was the right thing. But as you say the pressures make blogging feel like a second job which sucks all the fun out of it. I started feeling like I need to see large numbers of followers and get collaborations or it means I’m a complete failure. I totally forgot why I’m writing and the fact that any collaboration is just the icing on the cake. I’m back to basics now and am enjoying it so much more. xx

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

  2. Lynsey
    April 5, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Love this post!

    This is exactly why I stopped blogging well over a year ago now.

    What first started as an enjoyable hobby, turned into me feeling inadequate and gave up because I didn’t have the followers or any colab/ad offers. It turned into me wanting it to be a huge success and buisness but all the time and grafting took its toll in the end.

    After over a year out and deleting my old blog, I’ve recently been exploring the idea of starting up again but with a completely fresh blog and idea, purely just to have as a creative outlet and a hobby! I think now my mindset has changed I hopefully will enjoy blogging more.

    Good luck and keep going! X Lynsey

  3. April 5, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you are continuing to fight for your blog! I recently started over on my blog and I am trying to push through just like you. I do believe that hard work pays off. I read about other bloggers and their journeys and their stories about how far they’ve come and it really inspires me. So I try and remember that when I get discouraged.

  4. April 5, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Please don’t stop blogging! Like you said you write for yourself, not for someone else. Just find topics you care about and love and continue writing 🙂

    xoxoxo
    http://www.prernashighonchai.com

  5. April 5, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    This is very true! My blog was up since 2013 but it’s only last year that I became active with it. I just used to feel like I’m nothing compared to others in the world of fashion/style blogging. But then again, I’m blogging because I love fashion & photography. I’m not blogging to compete with others. That’s why I’m still here, trying to keep up my love for fashion blogging! You have a very nice blog, so why would you give it up? Keep going!

    Mutzii | theshoenazi.com

  6. April 5, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I feel you girl. And don’t compare yourself too much! I’m in it for the writing as well…. again, do you, and don’t compare yourself!:)
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

  7. April 7, 2017 / 9:26 am

    I love this post. I’m thankful that I’ve kept reminding myself of why I started, but then I start to feel pressure because I’ve had it for so long and don’t treat it more seriously. I see new blogs do so well compared to mine and know that I’ll never have the time to dedicate myself like that.
    As much as we all dream about it being our job, I think that’s when we’re enjoying it rather than when it becomes work. Great post! Tina x
    http://www.teaisfortina.co.uk

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