“Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and the entire process but it shouldn’t feel like a nagging little thing at the back of your mind that you need to do.”
Blogging has been part of my life since 2007 and has taken a few shapes over the years. I won’t go into detail as there have been a few through the years. Since coming back from my holiday, I will stop mentioning it very soon. Trust me, it feels like a distant memory now. Enough of my moans and groans and back to the purpose of this blog post, when I got back from Greece I had a bit of a different attitude towards Reverie de Paris and my approach to blogging.
Previously I had been quite regimented in my planning and posting and dedicated a lot of my time to working on content. This in turn led to me putting a lot of pressure on myself and never really feeling like I had a day off after working 5 days in my full time job, I was then blogging in the evening and on the weekend rather than relaxing or doing things that didn’t involve sitting at my computer typing away. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging and the entire process but it shouldn’t feel like a nagging little thing at the back of your mind that you need to do. It is a hobby and if I want to kick back on the sofa, have a G&T and watch Sons of Anarchy of a Wednesday night rather than plan for 5 weeks time posts then I should do that.
In the end, I felt like I was producing and posting content that I just wasn’t happy with whether it be the images were too dark, had too many shadows or the writing was poo! I don’t want to be publishing posts that I am not happy with. That may sound like words from a crazy lady but it is true. I do this because I enjoy it – the creative process. the editing … the lot.
One thing to remember about blogging is that it is a learning and development process. A journey if you like. Looking back at old blogs and their posts, even looking back your first post on your current blog can cause major cringing. The fact it makes you cringe is probably because you know that where you are now is in a much more skilled place. Everyone, even the biggest bloggers, all have content they blush at or have posts that further down the line they know could have been done better. This is nothing to shy away from.
Coming back from holiday (mentioning it again) I realised that the break was a really good thing for me. Blogging is something I love but I don’t need to suck the fun out of it with over planning and scheduling. I want to produce content that I am really happy with and that I am proud of – by taking a step back and really enjoying the process makes me a happier blogger. I mean that is just win-win if I have ever seen it.