To put it bluntly, running a blog is a total pain in the ass. In order for posts to be somewhat “successful,” the blogger must live and breathe social media, promoting themselves through tweets and pins and posts… someone stop the madness, please!
I started my blog in the hopes that it would inspire me to write more. I squeezed my way into the blogging community on Twitter, began sharing my posts, and saw some ongoing success with Ritual as an affiliate.
After a while, though, I got total blogger burnout.
From here on out, I choose not to blog, but to write.
(Side note: I’m not saying that blogging isn’t writing. It totally is. Read on to see what I mean.)
I will stop publishing blog content that isn’t true to my voice.
There are products out there that I love. There are blog posts from other bloggers that are so successful, I wish I had thought of them first. When I’m writing about things that I *think* people would like, however, it takes the soul out of my writing. Suddenly, I am just pushing to publish my posts as quickly as possible, and my voice gets lost in the mix.
As a personal essayist and memoirist, this is a huge detriment to my craft. This is not good practice. This does not stretch those creative muscles I sought to work out in the first place.
From now on, when I write a post, it will be for me. It will be true to my voice. It will be something I can be proud to call a reflection of myself.
Social Media will be taking a back seat.
Sorry, guys. I am just so over Twitter. I’m not part of any “blogger drama,” and I’m sure not looking to subject myself to it as a result of being fairly well-known in the blogger-verse.
Social media has its benefits, and is an important aspect in getting your work out there for the world to see… but it also has many, many pitfalls. For one, it truly wreaks havoc on my mental state. I find myself so sucked into Instagram holes that time seems to flash by, and suddenly I’ve been looking at my phone for an hour straight! Seeing as I blog about mindfulness and how important it is to me, I should probably practice what I preach, no?
I’ll still be promoting my posts, and checking in on other bloggers’ content (note: only the things I’m interested in… the whole “comment for comment” thing is so disingenuous it makes me ill). I will be spending much less time being disappointed in myself for letting my Instagram account fall stale and more time just posting when I feel like it. The endless scrolling through my Twitter feed is going to stop, and I will be very conscious of how much time I’m staring at the screen.
I write about taking care of myself, and keeping social media usage as a treat rather than a habit is a huge point in my self-care. It’s time to put that into practice again.
My writing will define what my blog is. My blog will not define what my writing is.
Similar to losing my voice, my blog seemed to take on a life of its own. I fell into the trap of, “Is this post going to fit with the rest of my content?”
The answer to that should be: Who cares? It’s my blog, and I can do what I want! I may sound like a toddler throwing a tantrum, but restricting myself with my own rules seems a bit silly. Sticking to a niche feels like a trap. It’s time to let my creative flag fly and let my words loose. No longer will I choose for it to matter where things fit in the spectrum of my content!
That’s where I am right now. Who would have thought that a blog named My Life in Limbo would be so undefined? /sarcasm
I do still want to hear from my readers! So here’s a question: what activities/practices allow you to live your truth? Whether it be writing, hiking in the mountains, juggling… what things make you feel like your Self?
Until next time, loves.