Sunday, 21 October 2018

When blogging is hard to do...

When blogging is hard to do...

After writing that title ^ I sat here for a good ten minutes unsure of what to say next. I'll probably sit here for another ten after finishing this sentence and do the same thing. I have numerous half written posts in my draft folder and I can't seem to finish any of them, because at the moment - blogging is hard to do.

when blogging is hard to do - black and white  side portrait photo

It's not just a case of writer's block, although that does play a part and I'm sure this is something that we can ALL relate to - whether we write for a living or not. Sometimes its just hard to find a way. Good old Motivation has taken a long walk in a vast desert and lost its bearings. Ever elusive miss Energy has done her usual disappearing act and Colonel Clarity has clearly trod on his own specs. I don't know if I've lost my 'why', my 'who for', or if I'm just finding it too tedious setting up my laptop in order to write, only to get interrupted after 20 mins that I just can't fully immerse myself into the task at hand ... just in case I forget to feed my child lunch, or leave the house in time for preschool pick up. Clearly Mrs Multi-tasker has taken a long walk off a short pier as well. Farewell my marbles - you shall be next!

In all seriousness though, like with many a thing, the only way to get over the drought and get back into something is to start. Just do it. Any of it. Which is sort of the point of this blog post. By the time I finish writing this post, my feelings about my achievement levels will have increased. My ability to write will increase and hopefully  I'll be able to crack on with the other tasks at hand...providing I allow myself to publish a post like this.

It definitely used to be easier to blog when I first started though. When the only thing that I really had to do was write. When I didn't compare myself to others (comparison is the thief of joy, and yet so many of us simply cannot help it!) I didn't think about SEO, I didn't add meta descriptions, I didn't know about alt tags, I didn't rename and save my images before uploading them. I didn't edit and resize them. I'd share mainly on Twitter and I didn't even start using Instagram until I'd been blogging for over a year! I'd lost my original Facebook group and had to start it all over again. Pinterest felt like it didn't exist and I didn't really use YouTube properly. I just used to comment on lots of other blogs and build up a community feeling that way and Twitter was my friend because everyone seemed to interact well. Things have changed SO much since I started. 

In some ways it is nice that things are different, but in other ways it makes it hard to just write and press publish. I feel like everything has to be perfect. I feel like I am competing with some amazing and inspiring bloggers and forever comparing myself. It's hard to put it out there if it isn't quite right, especially if you have very high standards of your own work - like I do! The better I get at doing things, the better I feel like I have to be. 

So, instead of thinking about what everyone else is doing, I'm going to look back at what I've managed to achieve in the last couple of years and use THAT as my motivation to keep going:

  • In the last month I've managed to increase my monthly unique views on Pinterest from 1k to 49.5k - my aim for the end of this month is to reach 50k manually (ask Jade from The Blog Assistant about this)
  • I've finally got to just over 1k followers on Facebook
  • One of my YouTube videos has almost 200k views
  • I've found the confidence to start doing some Insta stories after avoiding being in front of the camera again for AGES
  • I've worked with some lovely brands on sponsored posts recently and I have another in the pipeline.
  • I've done all of this whilst looking after 2 children and fitting my blogging into the one nap Charlotte has whilst Arthur is at preschool.
I think I'm finally ready to get started on my list of things to do now!

(and just like that, Charlotte woke up! lol)

PS: Whilst writing this post, Donna from What the Redhead Said posted in our blogging group saying, " You know how people always say comparison is the thief of joy? Well, instead of comparing yourself to other people, why not compare yourself, in a blogging capacity, to where you were when you started, a year ago, 6 months ago and see how far you've come?" - I'll take that as a sign, wouldn't you??

Sarah x 

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  1. I can relate to so much of what you have said here, Sarah. Although I genuinely gave up comparing myself to others longgggg ago. Blogging has become very different, but I am absolutely determined to stay true to why I started blogging in the first place. Authenticity and good content WILL win the day. It has to! PS. that’s a sizeable list of achievements in the midst of raising small kids. Be proud, mama xxx

  2. I can relate to so much of what you have said here, Sarah. Although I genuinely gave up comparing myself to others longgggg ago. Blogging has become very different, but I am absolutely determined to stay true to why I started blogging in the first place. Authenticity and good content WILL win the day. It has to! PS. that’s a sizeable list of achievements in the midst of raising small kids. Be proud, mama xxx

  3. Totally relate to this! I only started 3 months ago, and I’m already comparing. I find that I can’t write unless I am passionate about the subject! I think your FB group friend had the right idea. Look at how far you have come! #KCACOLS

  4. I remember those early days of blogging and to be honest I miss it. I find posting each day on social media and shouting about my blog posts all to much effort. Somehow the fun isn't there in the way it once was. As for comparisons, I try to avoid that as it only makes me think I'm failing! Looks from your list of achievements like you are doing much better than you give yourself credit for. #KCACOLS

  5. I totally miss the days of writing for the sake of writing. I wrote a similar post about losing my mojo recently too. It is so hard isn't it but I definitely think writing that post helped. I have stopped comparing myself to others as we are all so different it really doesn't help at all. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  6. I am in the same situation write now. Until recently I was cranking out 3 or 4 posts a week and I think it has been at least a week or two since I posted. I can't seem to get myself to my computer. I am procrastinating big time and not feeling motivated. I'm not even really sure why and that is the most frustrating part. #KCACOLS

  7. So I just had a major "mommy brain" moment. When I clicked off of your page I couldn't remember, for the life of me, if I put #KCACOLS on my comment. Ugh! Either way...Sorry! :) LOL

  8. Ditto to all of the above. It really is hard work isn't it? And that can and has taken the joy out of it for me at times, and still does. I've read this at a good time because it's reminded me to ditch perfection and just get on with it! #kcacols

  9. I've walked away from social media and my blog many time for this reason. I compare myself and my confidence vanishes. It's hard when you enjoy something but are constantly telling yourself your aren't good enough. It must be nice to be apart of a supportive facebook group :) #KCACOLS

  10. Well, looking at your stats and other achievments you’ve listed here, you seem to be doing really well! Hopefully it’ll soon feel more enjoyable, too x #KCACOLS

  11. I've been around for a bit now and can say that pretty much everybody goes through this from time to time. Congrats on those numbers though, they are actually really good and you should be proud #KCACOLS

  12. Maybe just allow yourself to write because you want to? And I love that last bit about comparing yourself to where you started. #KCACOLS

  13. I saw that comment from Donna and loved it, it's so true that we should only compare ourselves with ourselves! x #KCACOLS

  14. I could do with some coaching I think! Lol. I rebranded at the beginning of September and since then I've been motivated, active daily on Instagram, posting once or twice a week and more in drafts, plans in place but I think I need help on all the SEO, alt tag etc which I have no clue about! #KCACOLS

  15. It is really hard work, but you have done so well. My motivation is so low at the moment, I have a lot going on in my personal life and it is making it so hard to want to do anything else. I am really hoping to get back to it properly and build my blog more.

  16. Hey, I've gotta tell you, as a newbie, those stats look amazing to me! Completely understand the writer's block though. I work as a copywriter and some days if I haven't had enough sleep, or I'm hungry or something, it can take me forever to just write a few lines. Hope my boss doesn't read this! #KCACOLS


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