Before you go getting too panicked, I am not quitting blogging, or at least not yet. I go through many moments where I ponder throwing in the metaphorical towel when it comes to blogging and often I just take a blogging break and talk myself out of it. After all, I’ve put my heart and soul into this blog and to quit it now would be like losing a part of myself. Besides, it’s my fifth year and I kind of have this desire to actually make it to my five year blogoversary before I make any drastic decisions.
But I have seriously come very close to quitting blogging in the last month. So much as to say I would do the last few blog tours I was signed up for and then I would just stop posting, see how it went and maybe, maybe I just wouldn’t post again.
And then I got an e-mail about a really exciting book and another really exciting book turned up in the mail and I had an interesting idea for a blog post.
And I just realized that it wasn’t going to be as simple as all that. I love blogging. As mentioned above, I’ve put my heart and soul into it and now, blogging is as much a part of me and my identity as reading is. So stopping blogging would be like stopping reading, which would be similar to stopping breathing.
So it’s certainly not something that I will be stopping soon.
But I obviously had to change something because there’s a reason I’ve been feeling this way. A lot of it has to do with my energy levels, and another reason is just not feeling any motivation to blog. So here are some things that I have decided to do;
1) Post only twice a week.
– This is to lower the pressure on me to feel like I have to be on at all times. This will hopefully be every Monday and Friday and will be one book post and one lifestyle post, but I am also not going to stress out if I don’t get a post up.
2) Review less.
– This may seem a little bonkers. But what I mean by this is that I want to feature authors on the blog more. I want to host guest post and interviews rather than reviews. But I am thinking that I will review more on Amazon and Goodreads and Big Book Little Book.
3. Stop feeling guilty.
– I’ve been struggling with this feeling for years but I am really going to do my best to just stop feeling guilty for not reviewing in time for release dates. I am not a fast reader and sometimes life just gets in the way and I just have to accept that.
4. No stressing over no content.
– If I don’t have any ideas or content, I am just not going to stress over it. I just won’t post. If I don’t have time, then I don’t have time. I’m going for a much more laid back approach.
5. Stop stressing about social media.
– I have also been agonizing over keeping up to date with my instagram, facebook and twitter and it’s getting a bit much. I’m just going to post when I want to. Share when I can and take photos when I feel able to. No pressure. No stress. No worries.
And here’s hoping with all of that, that I can feel less stressed and more excited about blogging again.
What do you do when you feel stressed out by blogging?