I love a chatty post I do, and quite honestly, it’s been a while. I have been blogging for so many years now – in that time I could achieved so much more. I see other bloggers having more success but are relatively new in comparison to myself. Here are the reasons why I don’t blog as much as others.
First and foremost, I am a student. I have been blogging since sixth form, and I am now in my final year of university. For me, these have been the most important years in my education, determining what path I follow in the future. As a result, blogging, at some points has had to take a backseat role to prioritise study.
Writer’s block. When you have blogging for so many years, coming up with inspiration on a bi-weekly basis can be really difficult at times. You want content that is relevant to your readers, and something that you yourself are passionate about. At certain times of the year, without upcoming holidays or events, it can be so tough to create high quality ideas, which is when a break is necessary.
Every post isn’t sponsored. Although it would be nice, for me, its doesn’t happen often. Sponsored and gifted posts are an amazing way to spark more ideas and widen your reach, allowing more potential growth. However, if these opportunities don’t come up, or are not suitable for your brand, it can lead to a more tough expansion.
I am a one man band. I know a lot of other bloggers are too, and I have huge admiration of them. But with no one to bounce ideas off, no one to take cute photos of you and no one to collaborate with, it makes blogging a lot tougher. On a side note: if anyone wants to be a Blogger pal feel free to comment below and say hi, I don’t bite!
My mental state. Blogging when you are down is tough, believe me. The first thing I do is compare myself to others. Maybe I should change my Instagram theme? How about going to the same place a blogger went? Maybe my site needs updating? For me, this almost happens on the weekly, I doubt everything I am doing, and for that reason, Blogging makes me anxious. At other times it makes me more confident than ever, which of course is a huge benefit.
I don’t have a blogging schedule. For anyone that knows me, that it out of the ordinary, because I plan EVERYTHING. For me however, I found that setting a strict schedule made me a lot more stressed out, believing that I had no choice but to post on a certain day. The primary downside is that the quality of posts were not up to my standard, as I would feel compelled to post when I had so much going on. A post rushed is a post not worth publishing in my opinion.
I like enjoying the moment. I am one of those people who is not a massive photo taker, and on many occasions will do something fun or exciting and forget to document it. I am not saying there is anything wrong with what others do, just its not me. I am not one to go to specific locations just to take outfit photos, travel somewhere on the basis of blogging everything. I am more for spontaneity and organic pleasure.
So there we have it. At the moment I am more than happy with where I am, my blog is growing organically, I am getting more recognition from brands and I feel like my content is improving. However, blogging has made me realise that I am not going to get the success that others have by competing with them, rather than finding out what works for me, and if that means taking a break, then so be it.