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.