If you’ve been on the blogging scene for more than 5 minutes, you’ll already know that once you’ve found the blogging community, you’ll be sucked up and cocooned into the hidden blogging world. And, before you know it, whether intended or not your blog will become EVERYTHING to you.
Cheered on, other bloggers will make you feel like you CAN conquer the world. And just maybe, if you’ve been going long enough, you will to some extent. Climbing the infamous blog rankings, getting your voice heard, and sometimes even branching out into radio, TV and books. Life of a blogger can be incredibly rewarding, and, can come with the most exciting perks and once in a lifetime opportunities.
But. No one will mention how much time it can suck out if you, if you let it. And I say ‘if you let it’ loosely, because like all good things in life, it can become an addiction that you are drawn to. Especially when it comes to staying in the stats game and being as visible as a spot on the end of your nose.
For many parenting bloggers, time isn’t on our side right from the word go. We have families to nurture, households to run and in many cases other jobs to go to. So, we end up burning the midnight oil to pursue our blogging passions and before you know it (months or even years down the line), you’re done with it.
Exhausted from the late nights and feeling like you’re working 2 jobs plus being a parent… you buckle. Fall out of love with your blog. And hastily pull the plug on hours and hours of hard work, joy and everything in between.
But if you’ve got to that stage where everything is getting too much and the words ‘I’m thinking of quitting my blog’ have just popped out, before any plug pulling is done ask yourself these questions. Just in case all is not lost after all.
Reflect on your answers.
Then consider, what if you took away the negative points and the things that you don’t enjoy about blogging? What if you stopped worrying about the stats and brought your blog back to the reason it all started?
Now no hasty pulling the plug on your blog just yet OK? Give yourself a bit of time. Let it sit there and see if you get twitchy fingers.
Blogging isn’t just about being a top influencer, racking in the money or keeping those stats on their toes. Sometimes we blog because we have to write. We have something to say. A story to tell. It’s OK to let that competitive side go, and let your inner writer out, just for the sake of it.
Of course if you still feel the same, you should absolutely follow your gut instinct. Only you will know how much of your blog you need to let go.