How to Avoid the Top Stressors that Push Bloggers’ Buttons

How to Avoid the Top Stressors that push Bloggers' ButtonsBlogging 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.

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Here are my top stressors that push bloggers’ buttons!

1. Impatience

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

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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:-

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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.

Here is an article from Debbie In Shape  about Planning with Coschedule

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.

5. Procrastination

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.

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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?

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6. Images

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.

Two great websites that I have been told by other bloggers which are free or only cost $1.  Pixabay has free images and Canva can help you design your images and also provides images for free or $1.

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31 thoughts on “How to Avoid the Top Stressors that Push Bloggers’ Buttons

  1. Debbie

    OMG, Sue! Thank you so much for the shout out. I’m coming over from #FridayBlogBooster.
    Your points are right on the spot. Blogging can be so overwhelming that if we are not careful, we got trapped in the stress and stop enjoying it.

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  2. [email protected]

    Some great points there Sue – I’m going to go back and re-read a few of them – I think I need to start being a bit more intentional in my planning (that’s my goal if I make it to 12 months of blogging!) and I definitely agree about “just do it” – my blog has changed quite a bit since I started, but that’s part of the fun isn’t it??

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    1. sue Post author

      Leanne, we say it is a hobby but really deep down it isn’t. I think you can still try to keep it a hobby but also it can still keep improving and is another learning process for us. I think we have both grown over the last few months and our posts are reading and looking much more like we are true bloggers LOL:)

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  3. Mackenzie Glanville

    Wow a really helpful blog post! Great advice and really well thought out. I am so bad at planning, I usually wait until the last minute and then tell myself off! Thanks for linking up, #Fridayreflections

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    1. sue Post author

      Mackenzie, blogging for me was supposed to be a hobby and I find it has taken over! That is why planning is so important otherwise I would be stuck to my chair and computer 24/7 ha! ha! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  4. Amanda Nel

    Hi Sue, I like the look of your website! It looks refreshing. As the Queen of procrastination, I have now joined the Have your cupcake courses and hope that I will finally have DA look!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Amanda! It is always great to get feedback. You will love the courses with Daniela I’ve learnt so much and everyone, especially Daniela are so supportive.

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  5. Vinitha

    Great post, Sue. I am guilty of procrastination. These days even more so. Loved reading this article. We need to remind ourselves to stay focussed. 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Corinne! I feel much better about the look of my blog. I hope this post helps others because blogging can be stressful if you allow it to be. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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  6. Michele

    Blogging really could be stressing if we let it stress us. There is always so much to do. I make lists and keep a running list of long term goals and blog projects. I am still figuring out how to organize my blogging life and focus my time. It is so easy to get lost in hours of reading blogs and commenting- which I enjoy, at the expense of writing!

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  7. nabanita

    Some great tips…Thanks for sharing…Blogging, though seems easy, is far from it…We need to be dedicated and passionate towards it, only then can it help us de-stress…Your pointers surely help a lot, something we need to keep in mind

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    1. sue Post author

      I think we all think at the beginning it will be easy but we soon find out that if we want it to work, it requires effort. I’m glad Nabanita you found the post helpful and have a lovely day.

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  8. Tara Schiller

    Great post. I agree with everything. Patience is my number one frustration because it truly does take time to build an audience. I think in the long run it is beneficial because the audience is more lasting, but it can get discouraging up front.

    Thanks for sharing.
    -Tara
    #FridayReflections

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Tara! I feel blogging is a rollercoaster ride sometimes and I want everything done NOW! I struggle with feeling discouraged and then something lovely happens and I’m back on track. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!

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  9. Wendy

    Planning, procrastinating, impatience…yep. I came to the conclusion to “just do it” with my redesign this week. I wanted it all to be perfectly redone, but it is taking so long. My big hold up right now is the logo (you called it! 🙂 ). My daughter is doing it for me, and she has sent me a “rough draft,” but that is all I have because she hasn’t had time to finish it. In 10 days she will be finished with mid-terms and home on fall break, and I WILL get my logo! 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh you are lucky to have your daughter to help you with the logo Wendy. I can’t decide on one so I fiddle around every now and then. One day I will get it right. Good for you with the redesign that is what I did. It wasn’t perfect but I received some great feedback. It is always a work in progress!

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  10. Janine

    Ook we chose the same prompt how awesome is that. I think we kinda touched on some similar points but there are a lot of good differences and between us I think we were quite comprehensive!

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    1. sue Post author

      We are kindred spirits Janine!!! LOL:) I think it is always great to have people write about the same things as you get different perspectives. Thanks for the opportunity you provide with #FridayReflections.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh great thanks Kathleen! It is certainly a boost as we have had a bad week personally losing a beloved friend. This has brightened my day. Thank you. x

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  11. Jennifer Abel

    I used to stress over my blog and you are very right in saying we are our worst enemy. I have been laid back of late and it has not made a difference to my blog at all. Thanks for sahring on #wednesdayswisdom

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes Jennifer I’ve learned over the last few weeks that there is more important people and things in our life. I’m trying not to stress about my ‘hobby’. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I think we all do at times Anna so it is good to just be reminded that it is okay and most bloggers are feeling the same way.

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