Falling out off love…. with blogging!

Last year saw a lot of change for me in terms of the blog. I had decided that after going self-hosted back in September that I would make a proper go of the “blog thing”, other’s have had great success from their blogs so why not me.

I brought a new theme made some major changes to the look and feel of the blog and began to post daily.

I joined various facebook groups and pushed my posts through these groups as well as the other social media platforms such as Twitter.

Danny treated me to a spanking new laptop for my birthday which changed my blogging life. Previous to this I had been blogging from my phone (to be honest, this is never a good idea) so this purchase was a real game changer.

I gained a lot of knowledge in a very short time, I also started looking at other bloggers in my “niche” and tried so hard to keep up with them. I was working every day not only on my posts and promotion but keeping up with social media. I was on the laptop until gone 12 most night.

It wasn’t ideal! My family life and house severely suffered.

I inevitably burned out after about 8 weeks of working like this. I panicked and there was a lot of self-doubt over my worth and the worth of my blog.

I love my blog and I love writing,  but I did consider taking it back to private and just having it as a lovely memory book for my kid’s.

Thank the lord for the Christmas holiday, I took a much-needed break. I didn’t post anything for a week or so. It was refreshing.

The outcome from my trial separation with the blog was the following, to be trialled in 2017:

  • Less blogging – 3 or 4 posts a week instead of 7
  • Invest more time into Social Media, this is much more manageable.
  • Invest more time into my group “The Pod”, I love being able to help other with their reach and promotion.
  • No more stressing about whether my blog stands up against others. It doesn’t matter!!! (Repeat to self)
  • The most important thing for this year is to really be present for my kids, without them there would be no blog!

The idea is that less will eventually become so much more.

Lets watch this space!!!!

 

 

 

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22 Comments

  1. January 9, 2017 / 9:58 am

    Aww it is so important to get some perspective on blogging isn’t it? Wow to the previous 7 times a week blogging – I only post twice and that can be time consuming enough. Hope that you find the love again for it because it really is a wonderful world to be part of – good luck! #postsfromtheheart

  2. January 9, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I loved reading this – I’ve recently felt really bad as my evenings have been spent promoting my blog! I only started blogging in October, but can already see how you can get obsessed with stats and what others are doing, and I don’t want that to be me.

    Your plan sounds great, I think with focus and alterations you’ll learn to love it again! Xx

    #PostsFromTheHeart

  3. January 9, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I am so glad you have realised what you need. We just can’t compare ourselves to others, we all have our own voice and our own limits. I could never post 7 days and I don’t think I need too, for me I think it would be too much pressure so it is something I have never attempted. It is easy to get sucked into stats, but we also have to remember that we need to write because we love it. You will know what feels right for you and your family, happy 2017 #PostsFromTheHeart.

  4. January 9, 2017 / 11:58 am

    It’s hard to get the balance right isn’t it? I find it so easy to get caught up in the online world and promotion, writing, social media that I’m too tired to spend time with the ones I love. Good luck with your resolutions! #postsfromtheheart

  5. January 9, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Having just started my blog 2 months ago, I wholeheartedly understand where you are coming from. It is hard starting a new and when you are surrounded by success it can be easy to fall in to the habit of self doubt. Keep doing what your doing. Love to you and the family.
    #postsfromtheheart

  6. January 9, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    You have written a very honest post, it is really hard to continue sometimes and not be too hard on yourself. I too have had some very similar feelings. I attended Blogfest last year and instead of feeling inspired I felt overwhelmed and wondered if I could ever be ‘as good’ as some of the other Bloggers I met. Now I try to put things in perspective and remember that I work in a full time position as a Nurse and can not at the moment give blogging anymore attention then I do.

    #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Kris
      January 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Thats what happened to me, I joined a group challenge on facebook and instead of feeling pumped i just felt pants haha

  7. January 9, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    I think you are definitely taking the right approach blogging should be fun and less of a chore. Good luck with this year.

  8. January 9, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    I feel you! I can’t and won’t work till midnight every night – it’s just not that important to me. Sleep and my husband/daughter is! Good luck this year and I think 3/4 posts a week is more than enough. I struggle to do 2/3!

  9. January 9, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I love these resolutions, sometimes blogging can become all consuming. I am definitely guilty of this, and of working too late at night. This year however I am determined to not come into contact with any device between 3 and 7 in the evening, so the time after school belongs to the children. I failed miserably today, because I was so excited about all of the enthusiasm for the new linky, but I am making a much more determined effort to try to remember that real life comes first. You have a wonderful blog. Our blogs aren’t determined by numbers either internal or external they are measured by the memories they record for us and for our children. Thank you so much for taking the time to join us at #PostsFromTheHeart and for linking up such a beautiful post.

    • Kris
      January 10, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      I think the linkie has been a raging success 🙂

  10. January 9, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    7 posts a week is way too much for me. I left my job to be with my children, and it going mental over blogging would defeat the purpose! Do what feels right for you, without seeing how much the others are doing. Yes, there are bloggers I also envy who are doing amazingly well, but I’m sure it comes at a cost – the hours and work they put in. It’s just not right for me at this point in my life, but it doesn’t mean to say that it’ll never be. It’s important to find the balance that works for you! Good luck with it all and thanks for hosting my post last week! #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Kris
      January 10, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      I agree that it must come at a cost everything does doesn’t it. I hope to work out a good blog/life balance

  11. January 9, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Ah this is so very much in the same vein as my blogging resolutions! I hope we both manage it! #PostsFromTheHeart

  12. January 10, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    I can’t believe you were publishing 7 times a week! I publish Monday, Wednesday, Friday and a Sunday photo and even then I sometimes struggle! But I think the most important thing is whatever you do be consistent – the same days and times each week etc #postsfromtheheart

    • Kris
      January 10, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      I need to work out my new routine. I do love to post daily but it just clashes too much with everything else.

  13. January 10, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I’ve been around a very long time, and I realised that writing for myself and readers, rather than other bloggers, got rid of a whole lot of stress for me. Write for love and people who love to read, not for stats or rankings and you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more. Good luck! #postsfromtheheart

  14. January 12, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I really relate to this – sometimes I think I found blogging more enjoyable right at the start when I had now idea of the mountain of blogmin there is to contend with! I was like you to start with and loved posting every day but now I aim for 3 times a week and it’s much more manageable. It gives me time to promote posts properly across the platforms – especially if one day I forget to share it (happens quite often ;-)) I think it’s great to have a schedule of when you will post but not to be too strict with yourself on it – everyone knows we all have lives and it’s not the end of the world if you miss a day here or there. Keep up the great work! xx #postsfromtheheart

    • Kris
      January 12, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      I really miss the days of not stressing over whether ppl are actually reading the blog 🙂

  15. January 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I feel like you have taken my thoughts and written them on a page. I am experiencing bloggers burnout at the moment due to trying to do too many things at once and agreeing to too many projects.I didn’t give myself a break over Xmas and i am suffering now with being run down. I have said no to a couple of new things that have come in this week and made a plan to slow down a bit so i will be o.k but i have definitely learnt my lesson #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Kris
      January 16, 2017 / 2:28 pm

      You have to just take a breath sometimes, it’s about reflecting on what’s important to you within your blog. I enjoyed posting daily but it was unrealistic and it really didn’t reflect in the numbers.

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