Beyond the Blurb | When Life Gets in the Way of Blogging

Beyond the Blurb is my new discussion post. I’m still figuring out if I want to do it weekly or monthly, so bear with me here. I find a lot of my fellow book bloggers joining in on and contributing to discussion posts. And I love to be a part of them since I get to learn more about my friends (yes, I see you as friends. You have my sympathies 😉).

I’ve never found blogging stressful until I focused on my stats. We all do it. We all want this month to be better than the last, and March is no exception. Thanks to all of you, I had a fantastic month. I haven’t reached past 400 views until now. And I have to thank every single one of you who have supported me. Now I’m onto April, and I’m freaking. Why? Because at the end of March, I needed a week away from blogging, and I’m not sure if I can reach last month’s stats.

Here are my tips for bloggers struggling to find the balance:

1. Decide When You Blog

Unless you’re an influencer (or even if you are), calm down. This is your blog, and you produce posts on your own time. The cosmos isn’t going to care. Your followers will eventually still see your posts, and they’ll continue following you. So plan ahead of time if you feel your life will prevent you from working on your posts. If you can’t do reviews, do tags. And don’t feel guilty for doing tags you haven’t been tagged for. If you don’t want to do them, work on memes or a post about the most anticipated books for the next month. Or you can just take some time away from your site and deal with whatever is bothering you. More importantly, don’t force yourself. You’ll regret every second of doing so.

 

2. Don’t Feel Guilty

With my rough past, sometimes I don’t let the guilt in. I push it away since it’s a difficult and usually dangerous emotion for me to feel. With my blog though, I feel that guilt slithering in and questioning my abilities to be a blogger. Taking time away from your blog won’t kill you though (I still need to remember this part). The book blogging community will understand and can help if you ask. If you take a little longer to work on a post or to reply to comments, so be it.

If you don’t want to do any of those tasks, comment on other bloggers’ posts.They’ll know you’re still around.

 

3. Catch Up Later

Yes, this is an option, one I’m currently working on right now. If you have to work on two Top Ten Tuesdays for next week, go for it. If you have to write a review, set some time away and work on it. As long as that review isn’t a part of a blog tour, you can also postpone it.

I’ve just finished three discussion posts in two hours, and I feel great about accomplishing that task for the week.

 

4. Don’t Always Focus On the Numbers

I truly need to listen to my own advice since I’m freaking out for this month’s stats (and it’s only the ninth day of April). If you have a bad month, accept that fact. If last month was better than this one, deal with it. But now what I’m focusing more on is the quality of the content. Sometimes your followers won’t always see your work though, and you may have a bad stat day, but that’s fine though. Find something you love doing and repeat that if you’re struggling.

If you’re freaking out over the dip in your stats, post a meme and blogger tags, which are big stat makers.

 

5. Take a Break If You Can’t Juggle Life and Blogging

There is absolutely no reason for you to put your blog in front of your health. It’s not worth the pain. So if you need to step away from blogging life so you can handle real-life situations, go for it. We’ll support you all the way. Just like a reading slump, you can fall into a blogging slump. And sometimes you just have to go with it so you don’t burn out.

What do you do when life affects your blogging? What are your tips or tricks that may help out another blogger? Let me know in the comment’s section.

13 thoughts on “Beyond the Blurb | When Life Gets in the Way of Blogging

  1. Perfect advice.
    One thing I definitely believe, anytime blogging starts to feel like ‘work’, it’s time to take a break and a think. This is meant to be a bright spot not an obligation. We have enough of those in life. 🙂

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  2. Since I’ve just posted a discussion about blogging pressures and my reading / blogging / life slump related to it, I can totally agree with everything you’re mentioning here.

    I had fallen in the habit of posting every single day of every month for about four months in a row. At first it was just “because it happened to be that way”. I simply had plenty of reviews, memes, tags and whatnot to be able to post every single day without even trying.
    Lately though? Not so much. Noticing that, I was putting pressure on myself to still get a post out every day and it started to feel like a chore. I wasn’t enjoying it anymore; I started cursing every time I saw the flood of comments coming in and felt like I was battling a never ending waterfall of those non-stop.
    Safe to say I came to a point where it was all too much so I decided to take a step back, consciously making the announcement I won’t be posting every single day. Sure, I didn’t have to make that announcement and simply do as I wanted, but I felt that, with posting it, I was justifying my actions towards my followers, letting them now and – in the meantime – also giving myself the needed motivation to stick with my decision. [I felt like I would still end up trying to post every day if I didn’t just tell my followers I wasn’t going to do so anymore.]

    I totally get your concern with your stats though. Not posting every day anymore will definitely backfire on that account and I’m.. kind of anxious about it? After all, it’s the stats publishers look at when they decide whether or not to approve your ARC-requests but… I’m just keeping in mind that I’m doing this for me, not for them. I don’t blog for publishers or to get free books, AT ALL, so it shouldn’t matter. I’ll have to remind myself of that once in a while, but hey, I know it’ll be for the best.

    We should all simply remember why we started blogging in the first place. For me it’s simply about sharing my passion and having a place to vomit my thoughts on books. I can hardly do that if my passion’s slowly dwindling down the drain because of the pressure. :’)

    [And this became a freaking rant, hahaha.]

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    • I love these kind of rants anyway, so you’re safe! 😉

      “I’m just keeping inmind that I’m doing this for me, not for them.” 🙌 I relate so much to this statement!

      I know some bloggers make a profit out of their blog, but the majority of us are simply doing it because we want to. So perspective is key. Great advice there.

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  3. I completely agree with everything you’ve said! When blogging gets to be too much, I take a step back and remind myself that this is a hobby and I don’t need to work myself to death. It’s good to hear that I’m not the only one who feels like this sometimes. 😊

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