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You may have noticed that I’ve not blogged much lately. Nor have I been active across my social media pages and commenting and sharing other blog posts. Initially I planned to have a week off, but this ended up being 8 weeks, with the odd collaborative post in between. In all honesty, I kept putting off writing more blog posts, and it led me to this one where I share my honest thoughts about blogging – the good, the bad, and the annoying.
The good things about blogging
I love the idea of blogging
I love writing, the English language and having the freedom to use words to help others. I also love the fact that you can blog anywhere – at home, in a cafe, on a train, on holiday. I love the fact that I can say I’m a blogger (maybe even a writer?) and that I have the freedom to make my blog what I want it to be.
Other bloggers really inspire me
I am often inspired by other bloggers. Those who seem to have mastered it, have a regular writing, publishing and promoting schedule, and that are very professional in their blogging approach. I admire that, and at one time I think I had achieved the almost professional level, and even wrote some tips to help others get started on their blog.
My blog is my own creation
I am proud to say that I’ve created my blog myself. I’ve taught myself what to do and how to do it, and I am amazed that I’ve come this far. It still isn’t perfect by any means. It’s taken me a long time to do it, but slow and steady is fine by me. It’s about progress, not perfection.
The bad things about blogging
It involves too much laptop time
Obviously, you can’t write a blog without the appropriate technology. For me, this is my laptop. I work full time and spend all day on a laptop, so the thought of spending additional time on my laptop is often not very inspiring.
I don’t always have the headspace
Over the last 3 months I have focused on my health and fitness and other life priorities. Therefore, I haven’t felt like I’ve had the headspace to come up with blog ideas. In hindsight, I think this break has done me the world of good. It has enabled me to focus on my other life goals – that I was previously putting off by doing other things such as blogging.
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I find it hard to come up with blog post content
I have a long list of blog post ideas, but that is all they are – titles and ideas. Coming up with suitable, relevant, useful, and supportive content – like I try to do on my blog – is hard.
My subject feels very negative
This is one of my main thoughts about blogging. The fact that I am writing about my chronic pain always feels very negative. I purposefully try to put a positive spin on the subject and focus on the good stuff. This is because I want to help my readers and those who want to learn more about chronic pain. But sometimes I don’t want to think about my pain, let alone write about it. My mindset has been so positive lately, and it has really made me feel differently about the subject of my blog.
I totally get that there are many other bloggers who write about their health and chronic pain and how helpful this can be for both themselves and their readers These same bloggers have also been extremely triumphant in their niche and definitely have the success mindset when it comes to blogging. I have found writing about chronic pain really helpful at times. I am also grateful for all the love and support over the last few years from those who have taken time out to read and comment on my blog.
I think what I’m saying here is that I need to focus more on the wider picture stuff as this in reality this is what is helping me more than ever right now – and I need be authentic wherever I can.
It’s a lot of hard work
Some people write about blogging as though it’s dead easy to come up with ideas, write content, promote it, and then the money and reward comes flooding in. Well this isn’t always true. It takes a lot of hard work, time and effort- which I’m starting to realise I don’t have. There’s a lot more to blogging than just creating posts. It involves: editing, creating images, promotion, engagement, and then re-editing and publishing old posts; and lots and lots of techy stuff like updating your software, backing up your site, and understanding and learning what it all involves in the first place. It’s tough and I applaud anyone that runs their own blog and has made it a success.
Some of it I genuinely don’t enjoy
This is another of my main thoughts about blogging. Some blog tasks bore me, and I really don’t enjoy them at all. I’m not very good at the engagement side, which is an essential part of blogging to get your work out there and noticed by others. Making my posts SEO friendly seems to take away a lot of the enjoyment, but I get why it is important. I also find constantly sharing content across all my social media quite frustrating, and it all takes up time. You can subscribe to different tools to help you do this – believe me, I’ve done all the research – but I’m just not in a position to be able to pay for it.
The annoying things about blogging
Some of it is very annoying
When WordPress crashes. When you forget your passwords and can’t get a job done. When you get spam. When people contact you to publish a link to their site for free on your post when you’ve worked damned hard to get that post published in the first place. And it’s obvious they’ve not read your posts like they say they have! When random symbols appear in your posts and you don’t know how to get rid of them. When you’ve promoted Amazon via the affiliate scheme and they kick you off it for not making enough sales. When your draft won’t save and you worry you will lose what you’ve written. When you do lose what you’ve written.
There’s obviously lots of good stuff too but the annoying stuff can be the make or break of a productive blogging session – well, for me anyway.
It physically hurts to work on my blog
My regular readers will know that I have pain when I sit, therefore spending time sitting a writing and working on my blog literally hurts to do. I could use my height adjustable equipment and stand up to do it, but more often than not I’m tired, or I know it will make me even tireder. So again, it’s not very encouraging and doesn’t inspire me to want to do it.
I’m a very private person and don’t always want to share what I’m doing or how I feel
This one is very annoying seeing as Notebooks and Glasses is a personal blog! I’ve tried to be honest in my blog and share about my life with my pain, my experiences, and how I feel, but I don’t always feel comfortable about it, so this puts me off doing it.
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Things I need to consider and do to keep carry on blogging
I’m very aware that I’ve mentioned the negativity of my blog subject and then I write this post which contains a lot of negative thoughts about blogging but I wanted to be completely honest and get stuff off my chest.
I also know I need to think about what I can do to make things better, and to not just give up on my blog and all the hard work I have put in so far.
I could consider changing my blog subject and make it more enjoyable for me, but how would that affect and impact my readers?
I could have a go at changing my blog theme and see if this helps inspire me in different ways?
I could just keep writing and see what happens – don’t add any pressure or expectations and see if this approach makes things better?
What are your honest thoughts about blogging?
Do you agree with my thoughts about blogging?
Do you find blogging harder than you thought you would?
How do you keep your motivation to keep your blog going?
What would you like me to do with my blog? Keep the same subject, or be a bit more flexible?
Let me know in the comments below – I would love your views and ideas right now 😊