Blogging is fun. Well, the way I’ve decided that I want to run my blog is fun. I can’t say this is true for everyone. Actually I know this isn’t true for everyone. If I had a dime for every time I came across a blogger burnout tweet, I’d be one rich lady running a non-profit for rescue dogs.
I’ve made the mistake of not keeping it fun before. Yup, I’ve stressed myself out and hated every little bit of blogging. I’ve had to step back and evaluate what I want from having a blog more than once to get to where I’m at now, the land of blissful blogging.
Reaching the land of blissful blogging and staying there takes a little bit of effort. I’ve also found that making a list of things I’ll never do as a blogger helps keep me on track to happiness.
Just incase you’re curious… here’s my list! ↓
- I’ll never take photos while eating. I love putting everything else aside and enjoying my meal. If I find that it’s something I just can’t live without a photo of, ie: dessert, I usually snap a quick photo or two with my IPhone and what I end up with is what I get. Even if I’m recommending a restaurant I’m not likely to have photos of the food.
- I will never be a fashion blogger. Seriously, I love clothes, what gal doesn’t?!?! I even follow some wonderful fashion bloggers. BUT I could never do it. I like my jeans and my messy hair wayyyyy too much. And honestly the thought of spending so much money on so many different outfits makes me nervous. I might show-off a cute outfit from time to time but it’s 100 percent unlikely that you will find a post about fashion here.
- I will never buy special props for photos. No needless spending here.
- I refuse to make myself crazy trying to take the perfect flat-lay. Yeah, those fabulous flat-lays everyone can’t get enough of? Well, I’ve had enough and you can count me out. That style is not for me. So if you do see a flat-lay on my page there’s a good chance it’s stock photography, like the photos used in this post. #sorrynotsorry! And if it’s not then what you are looking at is a photo with things that I actually use.
- I won’t write about it if I don’t want to. I spent the first year of blogging writing about things I thought people would want to read about. That made for some pretty bland posts and my audience just wasn’t growing. It took me awhile to realize that it’s because I was writing about things I didn’t care about. It wasn’t catchy, it wasn’t particularly informative, it was just bad.
- I won’t sponsor or recommend anything I don’t love. And if I am sponsoring something you can count on me being enthusiastic about it. The thing I hate most about bloggers is that so many of them write the worst articles and try to sell you a product so hard that is just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I refuse to do that to make a couple of extra bucks. Of course, when the blogger actually believes in the product and doesn’t just try to sell it, it shows and it works.
- With that being said, I won’t blog solely for money. If the right opportunity presents itself I will definitely do it. But this blog will probably never be my main source of income and that’s ok.
- I will never use the follow/unfollow method on social media. Seriously, who has time to do that anyway?!? And newsflash people, it’s tacky and makes you look bad.
- I will never allow social media to consume me. I’ve been there before, hours on hours on hours spent dedicating time to Instagram specifically. And guess what, the time and effort worked but at what cost?! I refuse to get that wrapped up in it again.
- You won’t find the perfectly curated Instagram feed if you check mine out. Nope, just photos that I like and want to share. There’s definitely an appeal of making sure your Instagram is perfect and I get it, but I don’t have time for perfect and I end up feeling a little insincere when I try that hard.
- I refuse to flood my website with ads. I understand that people make money that way but I. Hate. It!
- I won’t put my blog before my life. Blogging is wonderful. And there was a time when all I wanted was to be a full-time blogger. I thought to myself, “what a glamorous life that must be.” Well now that I’ve dipped my toes in I’m positive the grass isn’t perfectly green and manicured in the world of full-time blogging. Do not twist my words, I admire those that can do it but I definitely don’t have the patience or the discipline to do the full-time blogger gig and do it well.
- I’ve stopped asking myself if this is Pinterest-worthy. Remember the good ol’ days?!? When Pinterest was just a place you went to pin pretty photos. I miss that. Now I feel like Pinterest has been taken over by flashy graphics that scream, “click on me”… “read me”… “choose me”. Well, that got me all wrapped up in only creating content and posting content that I thought would get me A TON of re-pins. I surrounded myself in a world full of doubt and I hated it. So I stopped. I create what I like and honestly, it’s not doing so bad. 🙂
- I don’t compare myself to other bloggers. Of course I admire other bloggers but there is no room for comparison in my book. Everyone shines in their own way. If I find myself comparing my blog to someone else’s I stop what I’m doing and walk away from the internet. And in my opinion, the best blogs are those that are different, the ones that stand out. Why should I compare myself to others when I’m hoping to be unique?
- I’ll never be a blogger that blogs about what other bloggers need to do to be a successful blogger. That market is just tapped in my opinion. And I feel like it’s to the point where you don’t know what you are getting. Some people actually know what they are talking about but a lot of them are clueless. Some of them are selling courses for the costs of college courses at a university. I just don’t understand it. I’m a big fan of a few bloggers in this niche and I find their information valuable BUT I could never do it. And my advice to those who do or who want to, please make sure you can provide quality content, don’t be the blogger that sells mediocre, at best, products and calls yourself an expert in a field you know next to nothing about. Of course, I might share the occasional tip but I will never be a blogger that’s an expert on blogging about what other bloggers need to do to be a successful blogger. 😉
Whew! That was quite the list. I’m not playing around when it comes to my happiness and I have found that this I WILL NEVER list helps keep me content in the blogosphere.
If you are having trouble with stress-free blogging I recommend creating a I WILL NEVER list. Yup, make a list of everything you won’t do and stick to it. I also have a list of things I will do, but I’ll save that for another time. 😉