Thursday, 17 November 2016

Dear Diary: The Pressures of Blogging

No matter what situation we get ourselves into in life, everything always comes with the fear of pressure looming over us. Whether that's being on a night out and having that third j├Ągerbomb that you know you really shouldn't, or in this scenario, keeping your blog active and consistent.

Some of you may have noticed that over the last few months I've been kinda absent from my blog, I basically lost all motivation and everything came to a standstill. The PR samples were piling up, everyone in the blogosphere was killing it and I just sat back and was like ...Where do I fit into all this? To put it bluntly, I sort of lost myself along the way.

Is my Instagram good enough? Why am I losing followers? Do people still visit my blog? Do people still want me to write? These are questions I often ask myself when I'm feeling down about well, pretty much everything. It all relates back to my blog. This used to be my happy place, and I damn well want it back. None of this competition malarkey, I'm not about that and numbers are just not my thing, my maths GCSE was enough to put me off numbers for life.

Y'see, I'm guilty for putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on myself. I'll attempt to force out content if something needs doing, but it usually ends up being a jumble of words that makes no sense. I forget to take breaks and I burn out. I accept all these opportunities and responsibilities which all seem pretty great at the time, but I lack organisation (something I fo' sho' need to get sorted before uni in January). You can put away your tiny violins because as much as it may seem, this post is not a "oh, woe is me" type post at all... I'm just being honest.

The amount of pressure that comes with blogging needs to stop. The world isn't going to end if you don't post for a day, a month or even a year... Everyone is gonna carry on doing their own thing and you know what? It's okay to sit back and watch. Sometimes it's easy to feel out of the loop when it comes to taking a break from blogging, but when you're ready, just throw yourself back into it and... Pardon the cheese but, people will welcome you back with open arms (in the form of emojis of course). 

As I've been gone on my blog, people have still been tweeting me, liking my Instagrams and messaging me. If you've made your mark in the blogging community, you sure as heck won't be forgotten and people will still be there for your content whenever you decide to return.

Just remember...

It's alright if your post has less comments than the last one, it doesn't make it inferior to others.

It's alright if you're jealous of someone else's brand opportunities, use it as inspiration to work harder for you.

It's alright if you miss a deadline for a sponsored post, PRs are human too and will understand.

I may be back in the future with a follow up to this post, but for now; Be proud of what you're achieving, you're doing fab!

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  1. I often put the pressure on myself to get something out and in turn end up shying away from it all and putting it off altogether. It happens to us all at some point or other.

    I think it's really important to take some time out/off and just remember what you started blogging for!

    Love ya!
    Tarnya xx

  2. I can totally agree with you on this! Majority of us are posting in our own time, whilst at uni/school/work so when you miss a week of posting because of that, the pressure builds up! It's all about staying organised and not comparing yourself to other bloggers x

    Everything But The Kitchen

  3. I completely relate to this post. My life got in the way and my blog took a step back, now i'm just completely on the sidelines, watching other success. But like you said this isn't a bad thing at all! It's huge inspiration. Just do what you need to do lovely, your happiness is the most important x

    Abi | abistreetx

  4. Can completely relate to this post - I've had the whole 'feeling lost' thing recently, sometimes it's hard to know where you stand with blogging especially when you're followers are always going up and down and it can completely make you lose motivation. Having a break is always a good idea, you come back with a fresh mind with loads of new ideas!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  5. I so get the pressure part. I´m a perfectionist & I can´t even deal with my plans being rearranged or missing my bus. I´ve had to take a few blogging breaks myself & I think those were necessary and really good things. As you said, you shouldn´t worry too much about it all. If you need a break, take one! There are more important things out there than your blog. And yes, there´ll always be people there to remember you & come back to your blog once you start up
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

  6. I love your tips, I think its way too easy to put so much pressure on ourselves over blogging, when really it should be fun!! I must admit I am a tad jealous when I see people getting UD PR, that is my #goals, I love urban decay, but hey Im happy to buy from them too! I love your blog banner btw, those cacti are the cutest thing!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  7. I know where you're coming from! My blog is still pretty new and I haven't even gone twitter/instagram public yet (mainly because I'm worried about what people will say lol stupid I know) But because of things going on in my life rn, I've been feeling super low and lacking in motivation for pretty much everything... especially my blog. I have tons of ideas to write about but I just can't put pen to paper... well fingers to keyboard ha. So I've decided I'm not going to make writing posts a chore and just wait until I feel like writing again and carry on reading other blogs for inspiration/motivation. Also I love your blog and this post has definitely made me feel tons better :) x

  8. There seems to be so much pressure with blogging these days, I'm constantly worrying about my content/following/photography/layout/topics! I much enjoy blogging when I give myself miniature breaks and come back with a fresh outlook, and it's true that throwing yourself back into it you'll find you're still as valued! Lovely post :) x

    Y x | The Sweet Seven Five

  9. This post really hit home!!Those are my thoughts for the longest time!!I feel so out of place with both my blog,twitter and instagram!!But you are right,sometimes is good to sit back for a while!!And also i'm so happy you are back,and even more that you feel better ^_^

    xx Aphrodite ~ BubblyBeauty

  10. I so relate this right now. I've got into a major blogging funk during October/November and it is just too much pressure and letting myself burn out, like you said!


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