Blogging should be fun and creative, a way to share our stories, perhaps encourage and motivate others. Well that is what the text books would have us believe and that is what Bloggers are trying to convince themselves that this is what they are doing. I think we are all fooling ourselves!
The more I read blogger comments in various facebook groups and link ups, the more I realise that we are our own worst enemies.
We are sabotaging ourselves and our blog, stressing so much about our blog that not much productive or creative writing seems to be happening.
[bctt tweet=”Avoid the Top Stressors that Push Bloggers’ Buttons!”]
Here are my top stressors that push bloggers’ buttons!
We start blogging with ideas floating around in our brains and are impatient to write them. We want immediate success and followers. Well reality check – it doesn’t happen that way! Patience is the one virtue that all bloggers need and most of us struggle with. Professional bloggers will tell you that it takes a lot of hard work to build your blog and to build our followers.
2. Lack of Planning
[bctt tweet=”Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail” – Alan Laekin]
I love this quote because it is so true of most things we do in life. If you want success you need to plan. So many bloggers complain they don’t have time for everything and mostly that is because they have poor time management and don’t plan effectively.
Recognize how much time you have to devote to your blog. What is your goal? The time you put in is relevant to how much you want in return. If you want to monetize your blog you really need to promote it and that can take time as well. If it is a hobby then perhaps you don’t need to spend as much time.
You need to sit down and devote some time to Planning. That should include:-
- Topics of blogs you want to write
- Social media scheduling
- Selecting what linkups you want to follow (Read my post on Why You Need to Be Selective With Link Ups & Blog Parties)
[bctt tweet=”Carry a notebook everywhere you don’t know when your next great idea will appear!”]
There are a host of tools on the internet which can help with planning and scheduling. Although you can start with an excel spreadsheet or diary and plan your blogging week accordingly.
Learning to utilise these tools will definitely save you time and stress! There are ways to automatically publish your post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Hootsuite & Buffer are two that I know of.
Read my article Want to Increase your Blog Reach by Just Pressing Publish? talks about Twitterfeed. Most have free versions which are quite adequate to start with.
Pinterest is another great place to source planners etc if you want to download something.
3. Lack of Focus
I’ve just completed a great course “Find Your Focus” with Daniela Uslan, which I would highly recommend. This is an excellent course and takes you through 11 Steps to Find Your Blog Focus. So many of us want to start a blog and then become confused as to what message we actually are trying to send to readers and also exactly what type of readers we want to attract.
Being confused about, or lacking in a focus for your blog, can be quite stressful as you are never sure if what you are writing is worthwhile or hitting the mark.
4. Comparing yourself to others & trying to please everyone
It is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing your blog to others and stressing about whether you are good enough. Stop Comparing yourself – you have a unique voice so sing your own tune or in this case write your own story!
Stop trying to please everyone. Of course we want people to love our blogs and what we write, however that isn’t going to happen. Appreciate the people who do love your blog and build a relationship with them.
Wow, I’m guilty of this and it appears others are as well! For example, I wanted to change my blog and even did another of Daniela Uslan’s course 10 Day Blog Makeover Challenge. Not once but twice! The first time I did it I was still procastinating over Lesson 1!
One day I got so annoyed with myself I just sat down and revamped my whole website and was determined not to leave it until I thought it was what I wanted! I’m so happy I did but I had been procrastinating for weeks.
[bctt tweet=”If we don’t publish anything what is the point of having a perfect website?”]
I hear other bloggers saying they want their sites to be perfect before they publish. They are still working on their logo or they don’t know how to do something. My advice is the Nike saying – ‘Just Do It!’ Okay, it might not be 100% what you want, but you have published something! Websites and blogs are dynamic and we should always be looking at ways to make changes for the better. However, if we don’t publish anything what is the point of having a perfect website?
[bctt tweet=”There is no perfect time to start a blog – just start it!”]
Images we are told are very important but we can get so caught up with finding the right image and then making sure we can use it without licensing restrictions. Then we have to design it properly and make sure we brand it, title it and link it – that is just for one image! This is one of my most stressful parts of blogging but I find that the more you do it the easier it becomes.
Look at other blogs and see how they display their images.
[bctt tweet=”Overcome these stressors and enjoy Blogging!”]