If you read my Thrifty Thursday post last week you know that I’m getting a little tired of some of my blog posts. I love blogging and don’t think I’ll slow down on my posting or stop sharing on social media. However, I do want to step back and reevaluate my goals.
I blogged for about four years before getting “serious”. I had only shared it with a few friends and family members, and never expected anyone to read it. When I started noticing organic growth I decided to move to my own domain and publicize it. Six months after that I finally started researching best blogging practices and quickly became obsessed.
I started spending all my spare time on my blog. There was so much to learn and do! I needed to join blogging groups and Pinterest boards. There were books to read and articles to digest. I couldn’t stop soaking up all the information I could find. Not to mention that I was still trying to churn out great content with “Pinterest worthy” pictures.
Then I read an article that changed my mind about blogging. I always knew that blogging could become an all-consuming, full-time job, but it didn’t hit home until I read an article about Heather Armstrong, the blogger behind Dooce. In the interview, Heather recounts the toll that blogging took on her and her family. She got divorced while blogging (not to say that blogging caused the divorce), and felt like her life was always under scrutiny. I instantly realized that I didn’t want that kind of lifestyle. Moments after finishing the article I was having a long conversation with my husband about how I needed to scale back.
I purposely quit my high stress, work from home, job to become a SAHM. What the hell was I thinking trying to bring work home again? When I worked from home, I hated the fact that work was always present. My phone, iPad, and computer were constant reminders that I could always be doing something to get ahead. Somehow I had recreated that atmosphere again, this time with blogging.
I’m a type A personality who needs to have hobbies and jobs to occupy my time. However, I don’t want those hobbies or jobs to become me entire life. I want to be able to enjoy time with my family without feeling pressure (that I put on myself) to publicize my latest blog post or to get the perfect picture for my blog.
I don’t want to stop blogging. I don’t even want to slow down. Instead, I want to stop caring if things are going well for my blog. I want to go back to carefree blogging. I want to forget about growth, followers, SEO, and Google Analytics. My dream would be for followers to continue finding me organically. I’d love to keep growing, but I’m not going to burn myself out to achieve it. I’m not going to slow down my posts. Things will still be the same on your end. However, they won’t be the same on my end because I’m going to stop putting effort into those other aspects of blogging.I want to stop caring if things are going well for my blog. I want to go back to carefree blogging. #blogging Click To Tweet
This probably means my page views will drop. I expect that I’ll get less sponsored posts and paid advertisers. That’s okay with me. I had my fun trying to “make it big”. Somewhere along the way I realized that making it big sounds really shitty.
Some of you will be able to relate while others won’t understand at all. Many of my readers don’t have blogs. The readers that do have blogs are all blogging at different levels. Some of you are professional bloggers, while others are just starting out. Some of you blog just for fun, and others hope to break into the pro blogging field. I hope this little essay serves as a reminder to always remember your purpose when blogging (or doing anything). Stay focused on the end game. For me, the end game is to have a creative outlet and occasionally make some “fun money” while trying new products. I’m still holding out for free wine so I can do more Hannah’s Happy Hour posts! Seriously, someone needs to hook me up with a wine retailer for reviews.
What is your end game? Does blogging ever stress you out?