Beating The Blogging Blues

I have been blogging since 2015, yet still this has took me this long to find myself and to start achieving my goals regarding my blog. Read below for how I have got past The Blogging Blues

Blogging Blues Simply Stacey Blog

I am finally more confident to stand up and say…

I LOVE BLOGGING

I started blogging in 2015 and at first this was a blur of hashtags. There was so much to learn as a new blogger; setting up the blog, going self hosted, templates, blogging styles, hashtags, social media, branding, no follow links, alt tags to name a few. I was lucky as I can work my way round pretty easy anything technology based, plus with the help of good old Google and YouTube you can research help in an instant. I also have a Social Media Marketing Diploma and update the work website which helped when I first set up my blog.

As stated in previous posts I have changed names 3 times, mainly due to the learning curve from blogging. Finding my path I wish to take has been tricky… do I go Parenting, do I go Lifestyle. I have been both and now decided I am just going to do both. Why limit yourself to one genre. There is no rule book about what subject you should blog about. This is your space to say what you want to say or show.

Re branding before Christmas, which you can see more of here, has made a dramatic difference to my blog. Not just my blog name has changed, but also my layout, blog colours and more importantly my blogging routine. I have never had a routine and this has been the ultimate aid to helping my blog grow. Already 22 days into 2018, I am just under 50 views for beating my total views for the whole of 2017. For me, when I saw how much I have improved looking at my statistics, this gave me an almighty boost and made me see that I have got a passion for blogging.

I have always liked blogging, and at times it has seemed more of a chore. Since I made my blog my own by using my name, something has given me a drive to start really pushing myself to achieve set goals in where I want to take my blog. Now I have 100% got a passion for this and building up my YouTube channel. I got given a Blog Planner for Christmas, which I will be going in depth to show you in the next couple of weeks. This has helped tremendously, keeping this separate to my everyday planner means I can focus on my blog and channel solely.

I am sure most bloggers can relate to the blogging blues and most of us have thought about quitting at some point or having low morale.I nearly have closed my blog a couple of times and last year I got to the point that it was really getting me down being unable to fit this in, but last summer I gave myself a break. I say a break but I was only doing about 1 or 2 uploads a month at the time. This helped me take the time to decide I am going to try one last change and really take my blog seriously and that is when I decided to re brand. Blogging can produce such a love and hate relationship. From the moments you get writers block, to where you don’t seem to be growing any new followers. You notice other bloggers that have made themselves a large following and a success and feel you can’t live up to that level then start to doubt yourself.

The biggest advice I can give, is don’t compare yourself to others. Yes, you can research editing in videos, research writing styles. But be your own person, don’t feel you are not good enough and when you stop worrying and plan at your own pace. I am sure you will notice a difference, not only in views, but more importantly for how you feel.  I am still trying to implement this to my way of thinking but so far this has helped enormously. I do have the slight wobble thinking I am not good enough, but with support from the blog community and pushing myself, I am good enough. My personal battle is being a perfectionist, I over criticise myself and this is a personal hurdle to overcome. But I am getting there. For once I can actually feel proud of my blog and feel now is the time to push myself to regular uploads.

I am pleased my YouTube channel is slowly growing, and I am learning so much each video. My new lighting has made a complete difference to the quality of my videos. I will be shortly trying my first ‘Day In The Life’ vlog. But in the meantime, I am really enjoying building both this and my blog.

Also planning my routine further to include any home matters, such as cleaning, homework, cooking dinner etc. Plus then there is also mine and Estelle’s venture of The Blog Network, growing, which we have our first Twitter chat on Wednesday 31st January. Plus then you have the background work as a Blogger, scheduling social posts, photography, planning, joining twitter chats and threads etc. I am trying to improve my photography which I am happy with the results so far, to even take some self portraits of myself shows how much my confidence has grown. Part of this is from some great people from the blogging and vlogging community.

Another change I have implemented is, I have given myself set days for uploads. This has made me push myself and made me be organised. There is going to be times this will be impossible, like last week I was struck down with a nasty cold and then toothache and it threw all plans out. But if I can get ahead and plan, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue … I am hoping.

BLOG UPDATES : Every Monday and Thursday

YOUTUBE UPLOADS : Every Sunday and Wednesday

I know I am not the best writer out there, I never have been and never will be. I am not one for gargantuan words (yes I googled big words for ‘huge’). Yes I get excited over a new notepad of a fluffy cushion makes me do jazz hands, but I am also not ashamed of this and am not letting this stop me producing more posts and documenting on my channel. In a way I have started to think if people get to know the real you, your writing style, the way you produce uploads then they will warm to that person if they choose too. I am pleased to say this moment in time I have beaten the blogging blues and am thoroughly enjoying my journey. I hope this doesn’t wear off and change, but for now I am happy and content with how I have progressed, even if this has took me 3 years to find my blogging passion. I am in no way a blogging expert, but this is what I have found that has helped myself. I really hope this post helps boost yourself if you are suffering from the blogging blues.

Stacey

15 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I love this post, this is really useful as I keep finding myself comparing my blogs to others especially when it comes to views etc! I need to remember to go at my pace 😊

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 8:22 pm

      Totally, I have stopped thinking mine isn’t good enough anymore from comparing others and it has made such a difference. I am enjoying blogging so much more now xx

  2. January 22, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    What a lovely read & well done to sticking to it! It gives me some confidence and encouragement to just go for it and not let others say I can’t do it. Like you I keep questioning myself on wither it was a good idea to start but after discovering my sister also has a blogging website, it’s made me feel better knowing I have someone who’s as keen as myself and who will also give me encouragement and advice in my journey! Xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Aww thankyou for the comment Laura! That’s great your sister is also blogging so you have support, having someone to help with advice makes it easier xx

  3. January 22, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I’ve been in the process of re-branding and changing my blog too. I first changed my layout, then my colors, and now which directions I want to take my channel. For now it’s still bookish content, but there’s more personal moments in between. I like doing Monthly Wrap-Ups because then I can talk about whatever’s going on in my personal life, outside of book stuff.
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    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 8:48 pm

      It is so refreshing having a blog refresh isn’t it, that’s great you post personal moments too. Month catch ups are great to read and recap xx

  4. January 22, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    It’s so hard not to compare my blog to more successful ones 🙁 But you’re so right, it makes blogging much less enjoyable and I do love blogging! So I’ve got to just focus on mine and look at blogs purely because I love their content!

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      I am awful for comparing, especially with my YouTube channel as I only started this month so it is all new. Think we do it all the time in general don’t we. Yeah your last sentence is perfect, that’s what I am trying to do. It certainly has helped and I find myself enjoying more blogs too xx

  5. January 22, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    Loved this post it’s so well written. I was exactly the same, I had a month off last year and debated not returning but I’m so glad that I did! Comparison is definitely the thief of joy, I feel awful when I compare my blog to others X

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Thankyou Mollie! It is great having a break from it to decide how to approach it again. Glad you carried on xx

  6. January 22, 2018 / 9:09 pm

    Loved this post, it’s really well written. I was exactly the same, I debated last year finishing my blog after taking a month out but I’m so glad that I did. I completely agree, comparison is the thief of joy, I always feel awful when I compare my blog to others Xx

  7. January 22, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Great post! I think it’s so important to not compare your blog with others but I’ve found it’s quite hard not to sometimes. I have experienced the blogging blues quite a bit and always wonder whether I should change direction with mine. My biggest problem is I’m always too hard on myself every post I do
    Jess xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 22, 2018 / 11:26 pm

      I was exactly the same but since rebranding and being proud of my blog this is the first time I am happy with my content xx

    • Stacey Spruels
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Thankyou lovely 🙂 this comment has made my day xx

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