News Flash – You Are Not a Bad Blogger If You Don’t Post Every Day

diary2“I’m going to start a blog!” You make the announcement and full of enthusiasm and sit down at your computer ready to make your mark on the world.  A few weeks into it and you are feeling trapped and under pressure.  I recently read a post from a blogger who said they were ‘a Bad Blogger’ because they had been so busy they hadn’t had time to write anything.  Well guess what?……

[bctt tweet=”Well, guess what? The world won’t end because you haven’t written anything. Life WILL GET IN THE WAY!”]

The way I see it, there are two types of bloggers – professionals who wants to monetize their blog and/or the blog is their main source of income and those who blog for an interest or to share their story.  I fall into the second category

I knew nothing about blogs, link up parties and the like when I started my blog 4 months ago and it quickly took over my life.  With the blog, facebook, twitter, google +, pinterest, instagram to name a few, plus co-hosting two link up parties, I soon found out that if you want to increase your readership, it takes a lot of hard work.  It was soon taking up far too much of my time and then when I read the comment about someone feeling like they were a bad blogger I thought “Whoa!  take a step back and take a reality check”.

Now if you are professional of course you have a lot of pressure on you to write and post on time.  However, if it is your business then you would probably be running your blog like a business and writing during your working hours.

For bloggers like me, we have to realize that it is more of an interest and while we should take this work seriously and still put out quality material, the pressure is not necessarily there to post constantly.

Life has a way of interrupting and we need to accept that fact and  not feel stressed about it.  Also, we sometimes experience ‘writer’s block’ and can’t think of anything to write, we feel uninspired.

[bctt tweet=”If you don’t feel the passion don’t write it.”]

Last week my website went down and it took 5 days to fix it.  It was the perfect opportunity to ‘let go’ of the constant pressure of posting or linking up.  My newsletter didn’t get distributed until this morning about 5 days later than usual.  To my surprise the world didn’t end and my readers have not unsubscribed!  I still have my followers on Facebook and other social media sites and the numbers are still increasing.

[bctt tweet=”People are busy – they want quality not quantity.”]

Quality of content will always win out over quantity.  Readers are not stupid.  They can see when you have put effort into your work and when it has been a quick ‘cut and paste’ job.  Too many ‘cut and pastes’ and you begin to lose your credibility.

[bctt tweet=”Why should your readers care, if you don’t?”]

So next time you get too busy to post or can’t find inspiration to write don’t get stressed, your readers will be there waiting for your next wonderful post which will be written with care, attention and passion.

 

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28 thoughts on “News Flash – You Are Not a Bad Blogger If You Don’t Post Every Day

  1. Naomi

    Thank you for this post! Life is super busy right now and I don’t have time to post 2-3 times a week. Also I put tons of pressure on myself for not posting. I really appreciate this post more than you know.

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    1. sue Post author

      I’m happy that the post helped Naomi! Live can get very busy so just do what you can and take the pressure off. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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  2. [email protected]

    Hi Sue – I can’t imagine feeling like a “bad blogger” but if you blog for other people then I guess you would feel you were letting them down. It seems that everyone takes blogging far more seriously than I do – I think if you’ve got nothing to say then take a break and give yourself some space – blogging should be a pleasant activity, not a chore. ~ Leanne

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes I agree with you Leanne however it is easy to get caught up and feel
      Pressured to keep posting. Thanks for the comment and let’s enjoy blogging!

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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt

    Sue, this is so nice to hear. I know I put pressure on myself and then ask “Do I want to monetize?” Then I would be going crazy…supposed to be for fun and it IS! I’m glad your site is up and running again….I would NEVER unsubscribe!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Terri. At the moment I don’t think I’m taking my own advice. I started a Blog Makeover Challenge and it is proving to be quite stressful. I’m only doing the blog for pleasure and to help others but seem to have become caught up in branding, fonts, colours – don’t know where I am! Thanks for the comment and I do appreciate you following me.

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  4. Michelle

    I see that same thing when reading some people’s blogs. Or they are constantly apologizing for not writing something. Truly if it is a hobby, or just for pleasure, then write, if not, then live life. It is so easy to get caught up in how much there is to do for one post. When it stops being enjoyable then it is time to pull the plug I say. Good read! From Wednesday’s Wisdom.

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    1. sue Post author

      It must be more common that I thought Michelle. I’ve been caught up doing a Blog Makeover Challenge which has turned my blog from pleasure into stress. I’m going back to my original thoughts and if people like it they do and if they don’t well my world won’t end. Keep enjoying your blogging!

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  5. Trisha @ The Ham & Cheese Of It

    This is such a true and excellent post. I some times feel pressured to write more than what I currently do. But I have a newborn and a home to run. I don’t have time to pump out 5 posts a week. I am lucky if my readers get 3!! I think bad blogger should only be referenced to people who just give up on the whole thing. That don’t trust in themselves. Blogging is hard work and I know everyone can be successful by making their own goals.

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    1. sue Post author

      Exactly Trisha and we shouldn’t put the pressure on ourselves unnecessarily. You enjoy your beautiful newborn and I do love your blog so keep up the good work – when you can LOL:)

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  6. Wendy

    Hmmm, I’m trying to remember if I said “I’m a bad blogger” out loud, or just thought it. 😉 Seriously though, I have struggled with feeling like I’m doing it all wrong when I can’t get even one post a week out there sometimes. And I’ve been guilty of rushing posts when I felt (self-imposed) pressure to meet a deadline. Ultimately, I would love to monetize, so I am trying to develop consistency, but as a good friend reminded me yesterday, monetization is secondary. Goal #1 is to encourage someone else along the way and have fun doing it. Thanks for this post, Sue, it was a good and timely reminder for me!

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    1. sue Post author

      I think we have all struggled Wendy and I also think it is the newbies like myself who feel the pressure to do more. I just want to encourage and motivate people who are in midlife to realize there is still a lot of living to do. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and good luck with your blog.

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  7. Debbie

    I have pulled back in recent months to posting three days a week, and I still sometimes feel guilty. This post nails it though. I mean, I just have to ask myself, what’s more important? Time with family, my “real” life, or getting a few more readers on the blog. Simple answer.

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    1. sue Post author

      I know what you mean and the last few weeks I’ve been thinking why am I doing this. You are so right time with family is the real life and I love spending time with my grandson. I love your blog btw and I’m running a half marathon on Sunday so wish me luck!

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  8. Charissa

    So true Sue!
    It is hard to have a balance with life and blogging without letting blogging take over your life. I’ve had to learn to be content with a little slower progress, there is always so much to be done!

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    1. sue Post author

      I agree Charissa we need to provide quality rather than quantity although the temptation is always there to post. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  9. Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com)

    Such great thoughts and a wonderful reminder. I struggle so much with figuring out if I post too often, not often enough, or somewhere in the middle. I finally figured out the only right answer was how I felt about it. If I felt like it wasn’t fun anymore, it wasn’t worth it. – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes it can certainly get out of control if we let. Thanks for stopping by and yes blogging should be fun.

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  10. Sandy Sandmeyer

    Thank God I’m not a bad blogger if I don’t post everyday! I’m writing every day, so that’s enough for me. Thanks for sharing your post at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Julie, that is the conclusion I’ve come to. Glad you enjoy the link up see you next week.

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  11. Jennifer Abel

    Sue this is a great post and much needed. I for one have cut back on my posting as well as other online things, as I need to share my time evenly. Your post was most clicked this week on #wednesdayswisdom.

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  13. Debbie

    Love it, love it, love it!
    That is so true. You know I have an editorial calendar I live by. It gives me direction and helps me balance my content. But how many times I just could not make it to deliver a new post when I really wanted to…
    June was a perfect example of that. There was a point when I saw “work” accumulating and I could not breath. I had to step back.
    And you could not be more correct: quality is everything!
    Thank you for sharing it.

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