The past few days I’ve been taking a little bit of a break from blogging, by break I mean playing Sims until 11pm and reading my book but the whole time there has been a voice niggling in the back of my mind ‘You SHOULD be blogging, you HAVE to post something’ and usually when this happens I’ll sit myself down, stare at the blank screen in front of me and force my hands to type words I’m not really interested in.
There are many reasons why I feel the need to do this, fear of losing my audience, worrying that the spark between me and blogging has dwindled or that I’m permanently blocked creatively and will never be able to come up with content again (all ridiculous, I know!) Sometimes you just need a breather from the world of blogging and social media.
After many years of starting blogs and closing them down, I decided to jump into A Yorkshire soul head first with a blindfold on, I challenged myself to post twice a week, become more social and post on my social media platforms at least once a day, it started to become more of a job for me which is fine, I absolutely love it and as they do say ‘Are you really working if you’re doing something you love?’ but the reality is, it is job and any job, no matter how much you love it, at times can be mentally and physically draining, especially when you are doing it on the side of studying full time or working full time (I’m currently working in an office 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday)
So what happens when you continue to post because you feel as though you HAVE to?
Your content starts to become a bit crap
You’ll spend hours and hours staring at the keyboard hoping that an incredible post is suddenly going to spill out through your fingers and onto the screen. After a few hours you’ll look at the time and realise you’ve wasted the whole day, only to come up with a few lines and rubbish ones at that.
You stop enjoying it
This happened to me so many times throughout the years, it started to feel like a chore and I dreaded sitting down at my desk because I’d become blocked but refused to take a break. This is the main reason why all my previous blogs failed, as soon as I stopped enjoying it (a result of terrible content), I gradually began to blog less and less until eventually I stopped all together.
You may begin losing your loyal readers
Once you stop believing in yourself, your blog and your content, your readers may stop too. Sure, they know you have it in you but if you’re no longer enjoying it, how can you expect them to?