It’s been a year. A year since I conceived the idea of having this blog. The idea came from the fact that I was really stressed, and everyday felt like a stressful day. The stress started affecting my health and I thought to myself that this is no way to live life.
I started to research ways to prevent myself from being stressed so often, be calm, manage stress when it does occur, be relaxed, and the list goes on. I wanted to be in state where I could enjoy life no matter what stressful challenges I was facing. Life balance was a topic that was (and still is) always on mind, so I decided to blog about it and collect all my research, ideas and thoughts in one place.
Interestingly enough, now that the blog is up and running, I struggle with finding balance. Because blogging is a new world to me, I’m trying to learn everything I can and do all the right things to make this blog successful. I find myself challenged with all the requirements of maintaining a blog like, writing 2 or 3 posts a week, editing posts, curating posts, trying to get my post out into the world of social media so that people can read them, maintaining a social media presence on multiple platforms, and oh did I mention I have a full time job and other responsibilities? I’m not complaining, but it can be a lot to keep up with. It’s ironic how that worked out.
As I took inventory of all my weekly “to-do’s” as blogger, I felt like I was drowning. It made me question how I could find balance as blogger. After all the online research I had done about becoming a blogger, I felt like I was so behind in the blogging world and I need to catch up with established bloggers in order to be successful. Then my own internal expectations of a successful blog out a lot of pressure on me, I realized was no longer enjoying this blogging experience. So I challenged myself to find balance as a blogger.
I decided to:
Find a writing/posting/editing schedule that worked for me and my life. Although my writing schedule may not be as structured as it should be, I write once a week, either on an evening or weekend depending on the week or day. It’s really on day that works bests for me and when I feel most inspired. I really don’t want blogging to feel like a chore.
Stop trying to keep up with experienced bloggers and websites that have 5 posts a day by teams who produce content as a full time job. I was losing my vision for my blog because I kept reading other blogs for “inspiration” but only wasted time comparing mine to theirs and, deciding where I needed to improve my of content. Improvement and looking for inspiration isn’t a bad thing, but it became bad when it started to take away from my productivity and eat into my writing time. I plan on being more focused on my own writing and editing to improve myself as a blogger.
Social media is not my blog, so I shouldn’t be spending more time on there than actually writing. Social media has become the enemy of my writing. I get sided-tracked with trying to have a perfect Instagram account to draw people to my blog. I was wasting time, again, scrolling through other pages to get “inspiration” and do “research”. But it has taking away from my productivity (again). I am making an effort to remind myself that I am successful and productive when I’m writing. The more content/post I put into my blog the more I’ll get out of it.
My goal for this blog is that it will be a resource for many who are in moments of stress,looking for encouragement and motivation. I hope they will turn to this blog for the stress management they need and that the pieces of writing whether they be tips, interesting facts or me babbling, will resonate with them. Thus seek out ways to rest more, recharge and unplug to be more productive people in their lives.
Though this experience has been more challenging than anticipated, I’ve come a long way in a year and have learned a lot. I look forward to what’s ahead.
Thank you for reading. I hope you will stay here a while as I grow this blog. Please spread the love by sharing my blogging story.
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