ON BLOGGING, AND FEELING GUILTY

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This wasn't the post I intended to write today, but you know how it is, sometimes you just open up Blogger ready to tap away at the keys and write something about sexy clothes, and all of a sudden you find yourself writing something else entirely. 


If I'm 100% honest, I didn't really have the energy to blog properly tonight. See the thing is, I feel like shit - as in, I have a cold and I'm feeling super sorry for myself and I needed to put together a photoshop graphic for the post I had planned, and I just didn't have the creative energy to sit there looking for the right images, and really I just wanted to see what had been uploaded onto YouTube today and then maybe binge watch a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars while I eat my Cup-A-Soup (because who can be bothered cooking when they're poorly) and then fall asleep. 

And then I felt guilty. 

Which got me to thinking, why do I allow my blog to make me feel guilty so much? 

I adore this space, and the last few months of feeling creatively inspired again have seen it grow more than it did for the entirety of last year which is great. I may still be a million miles away from where I want to be with it, but I'm closer than I was and so therefore I see that as an achievement. I like to post as often as I can, but the last couple of weeks life has just got in the way a bit and I haven't had the chance to shoot outfit pictures, leaving me without much content to post this week. It's entirely my own fault - and then with a cold on top of that, I just feel a bit meh. 

I want to blog about my pretty new boots and skirt that Mum bought me at the weekend, and I want to film a lookbook as well but I just have to wait. However waiting has got me feeling like the petulant child who wants their chocolate now, not after dinner, and why is life so unfair?! etc etc. 

But why the guilt? I'm sure you guys don't mind when I don't stick to a strict blogging schedule. I'm sure you'd rather read content that I actually want to write rather than stuff that's been haphazardly thrown together in an effort to get something out. And I'm sure you'd all be more than understanding about me taking a break, whether it was for a day, a week or even a month if I'm just not feeling it. 

But I feel like I'm letting you down. I feel like I'm letting myself down too. I read interviews with the bigger bloggers about how they never take time off even when they've been juggling full time work and various other things, and I'm inspired. It makes me want to blog every single day because I want to make it too - but I just can't. I don't have it in me. I work so hard at my day job that when I come home, some nights I just want to sit on the sofa with a book and a bar of chocolate, or I want to go out for dinner and drinks with Joseph and not worry that a blog post isn't going up tonight. 

My current resolution is to stop feeling guilty about things and just do me. Post the content I want to post, when I want to post it. And if I don't feel like posting at all? Well that's fine too. 

How do you guys get around Blogging Guilt if you get it at all? Let me know in the comments below, I feel like I could do with some advice...

8 comments:

  1. I try to think about content that I'm driven to write and that excites me. It begins to feel artificial if you have to force posts, and as a way to feel less guilty, I think about the blogs I love reading... most of the posts seem to come naturally because the blogger is interested in what they're writing about. Also you could take longer on writing a new post and just spend the meantime promoting your current content and still reach the amount of page views / stats you hope to achieve! That's what I like to do and I've found it hasn't affected my traffic posting intermittently if I stay on top of content promotion. Good luck babe! Don't ever feel guilty for not posting! :)

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    1. Really great tips, thank you so much babe!

      I think at the moment I just want to be more creative on here and I'm not 100% sure how to do it yet. I have some ideas up my sleeve for content I want to create over the next few weeks and months though so hopefully it'll all start to come together :) xo

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  2. I moved to London at the start of this month and in the weeks building up to moving away for uni and the weeks which followed the move I have lacked the time and the want to blog and it has left me feeling so guilty, especially since I have seen my follower count decline. It's shit because I had thought about writing a post everyday but my sleeping pattern has gone to shit and I was doing something everyday but I always try and tell myself that it's better not to force a post out because you will never be happy with the outcome, sometimes taking a break or taking time to yourself pays off in the long run. Hope you feel better soon, I too have a cold at the moment, it's awful. x

    electraviolet.co.uk

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    1. Ahh your move to London sounds so exciting! I hope you're starting to feel settled - it's an amazing city to live in and now I'm here I don't think I could ever live anywhere else!
      Moving is such a massive upheaval as well that it's more than natural to not want to blog until you've got yourself settled and ready, make sure you don't put too much pressure on yourself, enjoy uni and let blogging come back naturally when you're ready :)
      Good luck lovely xoxo

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  3. Okay first things first, i only JUST found your blog and I now have a gazillion tabs open of your posts and i LOVE THEM! So i will be a regular reader from now on :P

    Oh gosh the blogger guilt is always with me! Especially when i don't hit my "3 posts a week" target, i think my problem too is that all my posts take SO long, i need to do more "fast-food" content :P i just overthink it! my current guilt is that i still haven't finished mt travel blog series from two months ago... 2 months!! But having a new part-time job and other things, it takes time.

    This has reminded me to be kinder to myself, thank-you. Life is for LIVING! It is a LIFEstyle blog after all :P I linked to a few posts about blogging in my latest "fortnightly favourites", but i would love to include you ib my next one if that's okay? :D xxxx

    Bumble and Be

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    1. Hey lovely! Ahhh thank you so much, that means the world to me to hear :D

      I'm so glad it's not just me - I have a three posts a week target too but the next few weeks especially are going to be so busy for me I just don't know how on earth I'm going to keep to my target. You're right though, it is a LIFEstyle blog and how could we post if we didn't go out and live a little?!

      Ahhh thank you so much, I'd love that!! I'm heading straight over to check out your blog now too <3

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  4. i think blogger guilt is just an underlying thing showing you just how much you actually care about your blog, even when you can't find the time/motivation to do anything about it. i've had major blogging guilt lately. but it's such a great feeling snapping out of the slump and getting back on track!
    jen / velvet spring

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    1. I love that way of thinking! And you're right too, I don't think you could feel bad or guilty about something if it wasn't something you cared about a lot! That makes me feel much better :) xo

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