The Pressures of Blogging

By Lady B   January 29, 2018   10 Comments

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Does blogging feel like it comes with a lot of pressure sometimes? Where does that pressure come from? Unless you’re a professional blogger, with external deadlines and expectations, most of that pressure probably comes from you.
 

PRESSURE FROM WITHIN

The pressure I feel to be a good blogger comes almost exclusively from within. I want to provide quality, authentic, and entertaining content. I feel bad when I can’t produce or publish a post every day. I want to take my own photographs, even though stock photography is available and amazing. I want to build community but there are days I just don’t have the time or energy to engage with other bloggers like I should.
 
I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a good blogger, to write strong content, find good photography, and engage with others. The pressure I feel is all because I’m heaping it onto myself. I can truly say I never receive pressure from other bloggers. I’ve never had another blogger ask me why I haven’t posted this week or why my photographs aren’t more colorful or why my posts haven’t been about a certain topic.
 

THE COMPARISON GAME

You admire other bloggers don’t you? Of course you do! There are so many great blogs with posts that make you think, pictures that inspire you, and designs that will make you rethink your own.
 
We’re only human and it’s nearly impossible not to compare our own blogs to someone else’s. Maud has consistently great content, Stephanie’s blog layout is beautiful, and Charli’s photographs will take your breath away. It’s hard not to look at my own blog and think about what I can do better, how I can make it more unique, and how I can write better for my audience.
 
There is that pressure again, creeping into my head! Some days it takes a conscious effort, but I’m learning to admire other bloggers and my own blogs at the same time.
 

BLOGGING IS A LOT OF WORK

There is no way around it, blogging is a lot of work. If it was strictly fun, it wouldn’t come with the pressures that it does. I’ve seen quite a few posts and tweets recently about how amazing bloggers are. We are writers, designers, photographers, marketers, and much, much more.
 
Blogs don’t just happen. They take a lot of work. I realized that truth after my first post. Even a short post can take hours to get right. Finding the right image to go with your content also takes time and is quickly followed by even more time spent focusing on social media engagement and marketing.
 
It’s exhausting sometimes. Fun? Yes. Rewarding? Absolutely. Full of pressure, expectations, and disappointment? Heck yes.
 

PRESSURE ISN’T ALL BAD

Putting pressure on myself is one way I stay motivated. That voice from within keeps me striving to improve as a blogger. When I find myself feeling only stressed out, losing the daily comparison game, and feeling like blogging is all work, I give myself permission to take a break. When I come back, it feels like fun again.
 
How do you keep blogging fun and keep the pressures associated with blogging to a minimum? Do you compare your blog to others?
 

10 Comments

  1. Lexi Vranick on 01/29/2018 at 3:23 PM

    I’m still new to the blogging scene, but this is definitely so relatable! While blogging is fun (and let’s be real, none of us would be here if it wasn’t!) it can also take a toll on the blogger. Wishing you lots of good vibes!

    • Lady B on 01/29/2018 at 3:43 PM

      Thanks Lexi! Welcome to the blogging scene!!

  2. Charli+Dawns on 01/29/2018 at 5:17 PM

    You guys! 🙈🙈 Seriously so sweet of you and made my day with that comment! The ironic thing is I constantly compare my blog to others as well. I went through a harsh phase of that when I was switching over to self-hosted and after a long while of tweaking, I realized I was trying to make it what everyone else was already doing. Since then, I’ve been able to focus on my photography & content and I’m a much happier blogger. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, to say something so nice about me! I would’ve never imagined when I began this journey that people are inspired by the content I create and it means the world to hear! 💕

  3. Mary Gartside on 01/29/2018 at 8:02 PM

    This post is so relatable. There seems to be pressure from all sides when it comes to blogging – I think we all feel pressure to be perfect all the time, when in reality this is a learning curve, especially for new bloggers. But it’s always worth it! Great post xx

  4. Sneha on 01/30/2018 at 3:17 AM

    I loved reading this post. 🙂 As someone who has left and re-entered the blogging world a few too many times, it seems like the bar keeps getting higher and higher every time. I’ve delved back into it last month and am determined to make it stick. And yes, all the pressure to go a good job is internal and it’s hard to see someone else’s beautiful website and feel bad about your own, but it’s something I’m working on.

    Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

  5. Soffy on 01/30/2018 at 10:27 AM

    I’m just a month into blogging and I can relate already! Blogging is fun but as bloggers we set expectations for ourselves like me I want to post every Mondays and Fridays which I have been doing but sometimes you just don’t have the inspiration to put something out there and then when the day comes closer I panic I might not end up posting!

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

  6. Lauren on 01/30/2018 at 10:46 AM

    The same for me, I put so much pressure on myself. I need to have some more faith sometimes! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Siyana on 02/02/2018 at 8:34 AM

    I constantly feel the pressure to blog as often as others do, but sometimes coming up with quality content is harder than it seems. And at the same time, blogging is for fun and personal pleasure and shouldn’t turn into a competition.

  8. Steph B on 02/06/2018 at 9:56 AM

    Hey. Thank you so much for your post. I’m new to the blogging world and I thought it might have just been me feeling the pressure a little bit. Constantly wondering if my posts make any sense, if anybody is even reading what I’m writing, how someone else’s blog theme looks so much more amazing than mine. I am so glad that this is a general consensus throughout the blogging world. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
    Thank you again for your post. Sending lots of love
    Steph xoxo

  9. Alexis on 02/15/2018 at 12:20 AM

    I can totally agree with you on this post. It’s hard not to compare to others, but sometimes it can truly hurt us and steal our motivation. Really enjoyed this post!

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