I’m back! Did you miss me?
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you will know that about a month ago I decided to take a break from my blog. However, I never really explained why and that is kind of what this post is going to be about.
My main reason for taking a step back was because, being brutally honest, I started to dislike blogging. When I first started writing, it was because I enjoyed doing it and it was a hobby. Sadly that changed and it started to feel more like a job and something I had to do rather than something I wanted to do. I became obsessed with not getting the readers or followers I had hoped for and it actually made me upset and stressed.
Another reason was because I felt like I had opened my life up to a complete bunch of strangers, my Instagram was open to whoever stumbled across it and it began to dawn on me that there were people literally watching my every move. It made me paranoid and anxious, which then made me suffer from severe and painful headaches.
So as you can probably tell, I was in a bit of a bad place and it got me down. I closed my blog, switched my Instagram back to private and took a breather from it all. Initially, I had no intentions of ever returning to blogging, but over the last couple of weeks I have received some really lovely and positive messages from people who have said that they miss my posts and really enjoyed reading what I had written. It was really refreshing and uplifting to hear and made me realise that I do miss blogging, but how could I make it so I didn’t end up feeling how I did?
So here are my thoughts –
- I will aim to post 1-2 times a week if I have some good and interesting content to write about.
- I will not put myself under any pressure just to try and get followers and readers. If people want to read and follow my blog, they will!
- I will keep my Instagram and any other social media private. Just because I Blog does not mean I can’t have a private life.
As much as I would love my blog to be successful, it is really not worth putting my health and emotions on the line for it. I completely praise those bloggers who have made a living from blogging, it is tougher than people think! But from a personal point of view, I have a full time job, I run my own spray tan business, I have a house to run which we are still decorating, I have dogs who are needy as hell and a lot of my attention goes on them, and I still need a social life! Trying to squeeze in drafting and blogging 3-4 posts a week just isn’t practical or realistic for me.
I am going to try again, and hopefully this time I will learn from my previous mistakes!