Blogging Guilt

Blogging guilt, thoughts on blogging,

Today I am going to be talking about something that has been bothering me recently – blogging guilt. If you are a blogger yourself you might be familiar with this. I like to define it as:

Blogging Guilt: the sense of stress when you haven’t posted on your blog for a while and/or the feeling that your content just isn’t good enough.

Now, the reason why I’ve been feeling guilty about my blog is a bit ridiculous in itself. I haven’t put up a post since last Friday. Not even a week ago. But, in my defence, I have been in the habit of putting up 2-3 posts a week recently. I had planned all my posts in advance and felt like I was getting into a really good routine of integrating blogging with the rest of my life.

However, over the past week or so I’ve been feeling a bit distant from blogging. I have a lot going on with uni at the moment, which is taking up a lot of my time. The work is quite tedious, which is having a knock on effect on my creativity and just motivation in general.

I’m in this phase where I’m panicking because I haven’t put up a post for a while, but when I go to write I am struggling. I start doubting what I’m doing, or I don’t like the way the photos have turned out.. So I just leave it. Then comes the guilt for missing my blogging ‘schedule’…

blogging guilt, thoughts on blogging

The thing is, I feel so close to this blog and what I create on here. I love coming up with ideas, taking photos, interacting with people. It has been my creative escape from the mundanity of my Masters degree this year. But because I am so close to it, I am so critical of it and myself.

I think I have been pushing myself so much to do absolutely everything, that I’m feeling a bit burned out. Then I feel guilty for not being a #girlboss badass who can do everything, and do it so well. It’s all a bit of a vicious cycle, but I’m trying to get out of that mindset.

It’s normal to feel self-doubt some days. It’s completely fine to miss an upload day because your real life job has taken over. But it’s not ok to let these things take over and make you feel guilty about something that is well, meant to be fun.

While I would absolutely love to make blogging a job someday, or even just a part-time job, at the moment it is just something that I do because I love it. So I’m going to focus on creating content that I genuinely enjoy making, rather than pushing myself to put up anything I can just to meet the ‘schedule’ that I made up myself.

blogging guilt, thoughts on blogging
blogging guilt, thoughts on blogging

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I feel like that was a bit of a ramble, but I kind of needed to get it out. I’m sure that I will experience blogging guilt in the future, but at least for the moment I think I’ve got over this little ‘flare up’. I still have so much uni work to do (it makes me want to cry a bit thinking about it…) but I am also feeling really inspired to make lots of great content both on here, my YouTube channel and Instagram.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject! Let me know if you have ever felt blogging guilt or alternatively, what you think when a blogger has a bit of a break between posting.

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  • Lea H

    This post really resonated with me. As I was in the exact same spot last week and you know what it din’t kill me XD. Just leaving this one post go and not caring for publishing something for a few days actually helped me and made me realize that the world isn’t going to end. I try not to have any blogger guilt but from time to time it just surfaces, I think that’s just something a lot of people know all to well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
    Lea, xx
    http://www.asnippetoflife.com

  • I really like this post as my Uni work is currently taking over my life and blogging (and interacting with other blogs as well) regularly is now a challenge! I always feel guilty about it, whereas I don’t really care if somebody I follow has a blogging break, I’m completely able to understand it, especially if it isn’t their full time job!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • I’ve had exactly the same thing recently. I was so happy to be posting twice a week, but I’ve had a huge workload at work and have really struggled to find the time to post and be on social media etc. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves when we really shouldn’t! x

    LuxeStyle

  • katieemay1

    I’m feeling the exact same recently! All of my content doesn’t seem “good” enough and I have so much work at uni and it’s really had a knock on effect however I’ve finally got the motivation back! I know I need to take the pressure off to post so much on all social media and not beat myself up as much!
    Loved the post 🙂
    Katie xo
    http://www.ktmy.co.uk

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I have only just started my new beauty blog; but I felt that with my last blog Fashion Blender. I have to say when I saw this title, I thought you would say Blogging Guilt because you got so much free product. I stopped Fashion Blender because I was getting so much free product I felt guilty adding to my wardrobe and wasting things. I ended up donating stuff to charity.
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • Indi Stilling

    I totally understand what you are saying! Recently I’ve been really unhappy with the content I am producing because I really want to stick to my schedule so that’s something that I obviously need to change!
    x

    http://www.indistilling.wordpress.com

  • Diana Maria

    That definitely wasn’t a ramble, it reflected how I feel so perfectly! I feel so guilty if I don’t post for a while, and then my mind starts to convince me I’m just not good enough as a blogger. I think all of us bloggers feel this way every once in a while! Thank you so much for your honesty and genuine post xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  • The Sunday Mode

    Oh I definitely feel blog-related guilt sometimes or just distant in general because I’ll feel like my blog or what I’m doing isn’t quite good enough, especially when it comes to photography. Often I’ll feel like my photos aren’t good enough and then when I publish a post I’ll feel bad that I published something that isn’t really up to par and I’ll feel like I didn’t try hard enough.

    I think what you said is so important though, don’t focus so much on the schedule, just focus on enjoying blogging and the content you’re putting out there 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode