You might have noticed that I’ve gone quiet the past few months.. not just here, but also on most if not all of my socials. It was unplanned. A decision I was never conscious of making but one I soon realized that I needed.
I’m not sure when it actually happened, however, it definitely started after I got a job.
- Too much. My blog became a hassle. Every post needed a new banner, a new quote. I needed to finish this before its not relevant anymore. My post is scheduled to come out in an hour.. but did I fix it’s overall look and aesthetic? Spell proof? Non-sense proof? What about images? Did I credit back? OMG where did I get this fanart from? There’s so much that I can say here, does it need a part two? There’s nothing I can say here, what do I do? I updated my theme now, what about the posts that are scheduled.. do I have to edit them now too? Every. Single. Day. this is what I had to go through. It became too much.
Before my employment, I didn’t realize the amount of time I spent doing all of this. I’d spend hours, sometimes the full day just going through these steps over and over again. It got to the point that I just forgot the core reason of me doing all of this.
- I started a blog to speak my mind. That’s it. However, my tendency to be perfect and to constantly improve just ruined it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and I love blogging. But it’s not fun anymore. It became a second job.
- Pay Out. When you spend so much time doing something that you enjoy. You want to continue doing it, you want to get better at it. However, better can only go so far if its not backed up by some cash. That’s the sad and honest truth that most bloggers go through but refuse to admit. A lot of bloggers say that they don’t blog for the money. A lot of us start out that way. However, only some of us remain on that boat, while the majority continue to pretend like they don’t want it.
There is nothing wrong with blogging for money. Why not? You work so hard on it, you spend hours crafting the perfect post, designing the perfect layout and theme. You spend every single day promoting your content on twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Your blog made you a Writer, Promoter, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Interior Designer and Social Media Manager.. actual jobs that people get paid for, so why not you? Let’s not forget all the free promotion you do for books, artists and fellow bloggers. Your blog made you a real life Businesswoman/man. It’s time to own it.
So to everyone who pretends like they don’t blog for money, or look down on others who do.. shame on you. And for the few who actually don’t want to monetize.. don’t worry, this talk isn’t directed at you.
What I’m explaining here is, the stigma over this issue in the blogging community is what also made me stop.
The other point, no money means no progress. As a person who seeks constant growth and evolution.. I was stuck.
- Time. Girl.. do I not have time. I work a 9 to 5 job. Transportation takes me a good half hour to and from..on a good day. Factor in the time to get ready and have breakfast, cause its the most important meal of the day. So my job is actually from 7:30 to 5:30. That only gives me 4 to 5 hours to do anything remotely useful before my body starts to slowly shut down. Let’s also not forget the gym, so remove three hours from that. Whoa.. I only have two hours to read a full novel, write a review, edit it as I mentioned above and promote while keeping in touch with everyone in the blogging community… wait.. what about family time? friends? XD
Again, I’m not complaining, I’m just painting a picture.
- Eyes, from following my blog, you should know that I had eye surgery at the beginning of the year. And due to my obsession with my blog and reading, I didn’t give myself time to rest. Which obviously ended up biting me in the ass later on. As in, my eyes ended up hurting me alot. I even had to go for a check up because I couldn’t sleep from the pain or even see properly at times. It didn’t help that my job is heavily reliant on computers and softwares so I literally spent 12 to 14 hours a day infront of a screen. That needed to change.
There are alot more reasons than the ones I mentioned above.. but I feel like I made it pretty clear! 😅 All of this is obviously coming from my own personal experience, you might agree and you might disagree. Let me know if you went through the same thing or is at the moment.
Until next time..maybe,
What did you think of this post, do you agree? Or do you think I’m overreacting? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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