Hiiiiiii 🙂 Ok, so this is a bit of a more chatty/ranty post than usual, BUT I am going to be posting again soon about screen addiction and how to overcome it so stay tuned for that and read on!
They don’t sell starburst at my local supermarket any more and I am so devastated! 😭 Yup, I made a whole post about that one simple and slightly annoying fact. I’m joking, I’m joking. On to the actual post now, nothing to see here! 😂
So, recently I had a chance to reflect on blogging and what it means for me. I was super busy at the end of last year and I just lost interest in taking the time to write blog posts and keep up with all of my social media. So I took a break for a bit. During this unplanned blogging break I had a chance to reflect on how I blog at the moment and what I want to change about it.
At one point last year blogging meant that I was spending hours upon hours scrolling through instagram, worrying about how many followers I had and stressing about whether my posts and images were ok. Living constantly in the world of blogging became really unhealthy for me.
I was frustrated because I really wanted to be a big blogger with lots of followers and page views. I was reading posts on how to become a professional blogger and they were talking about spending heaps of time and effort on stuff like SEO, perfecting posts and keeping a daily posting schedule. Was that what inspired me and got me excited about blogging in the beginning? No.
Having taken a while to think about it now, I do understand that it takes hard work and dedication to make money out of blogging. However that is not what I am trying to do right now. This is just a hobby. For fun. I needed to take a step back to realise that blogging doesn’t have to be as complicated as I had thought. It is only as hard as you make it for yourself. So I can take blogging as far as I want and keep it as small as I want.
It’s actually okay to take a break from blogging. My blog didn’t really suffer much damage at all after a month or two of neglect. You guys are all still here and I am doing fine. My mental health is in a much better state now anyway.
I think I was just making blogging a bigger issue than it should be. Blogging ultimately should be a fun way for me to be creative in expressing my thoughts and ideas. Whether I am gaining 10 page views or 100, it doesn’t matter. These numbers don’t define my self worth and I can’t let them.
From now on I am going to limit the amount of stress blogging has over me. It is going to be a fun thing where I write posts and don’t worry about all of the rest of it. I will still be chatting with you all in the comments but I am going to limit the amount of social media I use and keep blogging a creative space for me to simply create content that makes me happy. That is a plan for now and I am super excited about the prospects of what this new year holds!
Is there anything you are going to simplify for yourself this year? Let me know down below!
P.S. I am SO glad to be back guys!