I’m not a good blogger!

I’ve been thinking about this lately – I’m not a good blogger πŸ˜…! Good bloggers are consistent, they write regularly; some once or twice a week and some daily. If you follow this blog you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for weeks! Maybe it’s even months?

Anyway, I’ve realised recently that I have a mental block (or something) when it comes to consistency. I started thinking more about this after I lost my 300 day streak on my Bible app a couple of weeks ago. I beat myself up about it, whining to hubby that I’m not consistent. He kindly pointed out that 300 days is actually pretty consistent – I’m just not perfect. After mulling this over for a while I realised that this is my problem (or one of them) – I equate consistency with perfection in my head. I put so much pressure on myself to be consistent/perfect with a bunch of things that I lose the point of doing them and the joy of doing them in the process. Sometimes I even lose the motivation to do them because I feel sure I’m going to fail.

I’ve been experimenting with this a bit over the last week or so. I’ve deliberately been trying to just ‘go with the flow’ more and not put myself under pressure to do certain things at certain times or do things daily even. I’m ignoring those little red bubbles on my screen and the warnings that my streak is in danger. It’s been interesting – I’ve rediscovered some energy and motivation to do things just because I want to and not because I HAVE to. On Friday I actually WANTED to go for a run!! Sorry, I should have warned you to sit down before you read that! πŸ˜‚ I know… I never thought I’d actually write that either!

This morning I felt like sitting down to write this post. The truth is I actually feel like sitting down to write fairly often and I have ideas of things I SHOULD write about quite a lot too. I think I feel guilty about spending the time on writing though – that’s probably a thought for another post really. Anyway, it will be interesting to see if being less ‘consistent’ will actually result in me blogging more. 😝 Don’t get me wrong – I do understand that consistency is a good thing – I think it was just my view of it that wasn’t helpful. If anyone has any tips on how I can be consistent without putting too much pressure on myself I’d love to hear them.

Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with this? How do you deal with the consistency/perfection balance?

25 thoughts on “I’m not a good blogger!

  1. I have great awe for bloggers who can write every day for a long period of time (months, years). When I first started my blog, it was because I had words inside me that needed to be spilled out. Once that happened, I no longer knew what words to put on paper that might interest anyone. With the pandemic and lockdowns, many of us don’t have much to share in terms of life experiences because we’re not having the opportunity to experience anything but the necessary things. I think I’m being consistent with my readers by not writing merely for the sake of writing more often. I have more than a few started posts that have been moved to the trash can because I didn’t feel them worthy enough for my readers to have to look at. How about if you promise yourself that, no matter how often you write, your posts will be consistently filled with words you feel are worth sharing? That’s something you CAN do consistently and thus, feel better about yourself!

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    1. I like that! I’m not sure how often I feel like anything I say is worth sharing though. I guess I always feel like someone else could say it better? πŸ˜† It’s that perfectionist in me again! I am getting better at reasoning with myself about perfection though I think. Thank you so much for reading. I always appreciate your kind comments too. 😊

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  2. In the end, you are the only person who writes like you, so that has value in itself. The rest of it is allowing yourself to accept when you want to write and when you don’t, and not beating yourself up if you don’t want to. If you read your blog posts, you’ll see the style that is developing and have a feel for the direction you’re going in, and you can enjoy the work you’ve already done.

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  3. I make my blog look consistent when it is not at all. My free time is less and less and irregular. When I do have an evening to myself, I will write lots of short posts and then schedule them to be published in the future. I have been doing that for a very long time now. So some of my posts are not chronologically accurate at all, but it should not matter to anyone else. Doing that takes the pressure of.

    For me the backbone of my blog is the numerous shorter posts that I write and schedule in advance – I try to space them out – one a day is more than plenty. Then when I have something I really want to write about I can sit down and write a longer post.

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  4. I think there are stereotypes about what makes a good blogger and this crates a lot of pressure unnecessary pressure for some bloggers, but (uness your blog is a serious income generating business) I personally don’t think you need to adhere to any rules or patterns, just do what pleases you as frequently as you feel like, and if people like your content the’ll check-in and follow, regardless. 😊

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