I believe you all have felt the unwanted guilt of pushing your blog to the back burner. Life demands your time, it decides to throw you a plot twist, or it simply wants to implode on itself. So how can your blog take any precedence?
It can’t. Or most of time, it shouldn’t. But you’re still stuck with the guilt, you’re worrying over the low stats, and you’re demanding more of yourself. I hate this emotion. But it comes with the territory of being a consistent blogger. So how do handle it? Here are some tips that have helped me over the last few years:
Simply realize that your blog is part-time
Are you getting paid full-time for your blog? Probably not. Even with affiliate posts, you more than likely won’t make a huge profit. Your blog is your hobby. And you must remember that detail. You shouldn’t need to spend the same amount of time with your blog as you give your job.
Even if you don’t publish something, work on future posts
If your life wants to prevent you from blogging regularly, then wait for some free time and work on future posts. If you aren’t near your laptop/computer, then write out your posts in a notebook. If you can’t write anything down, use that voice recorder on your cellphone. It comes in handy. This way will help you achieve your weekly deadline. You know you are accomplishing something, anything. And hopefully, the guilt doesn’t rear its ugly head.
If you can’t post, blog hop
Let the blogging community know you are around. Even though you can’t work on your own blog, you can easily support other bloggers. Now, lately, as you may tell, I have fallen behind on this task. And I wish that I could be better with it. But reaching out to you has become difficult.
Offer guest posts to fill up the days you don’t produce your own work
I’ve rarely done guest posts. However, I have offered spotlights, author interviews, and other book-related posts. These kinds of posts help me put minimal work into them. So my pesky feeling doesn’t usually affect me.
If you still struggle to balance life and blogging, prioritize, then take a step back
Your blog isn’t a priority. Your mental wellbeing is. Yes, my life has decided to implode. I’ve been a caregiver for my Mom since I was a teenager. But when she received her diagnosis, I had to prioritize what was important to me. So my Mom, her treatments, and my mental health (even if it hasn’t decided to rip me apart right now) are pivotal to me. Blogging, even though I’ve stuck with a constant schedule, is a secondary priority.
Blogging will and should always be a hobby for you. Don’t let it control you. Don’t let that little voice in your head demand you to work on posts that suck the life out you. When blogging has become tiring, then you need to step back. Never let it and the guilt associated with it eat away at you. I have taken time away from my blog so I can work on me. And I’m okay with that decision. And so should you.