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’…
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.
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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.