Posted on June 22, 2016

Why I keep blogging even if it feels like a chore.

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LIFE – you’re sometimes a complicated pest. I have periods of time when I’ve got loads of plans, or just times when I’ve drank a bottle of wine the night before and my day off consists of lying in bed holding my head wishing I could handle the hard stuff like I could back when I was a student.

A friend and I used to drink 3 bottles of wine on a Friday night, then I’d get up at 6am and work a 7-4 on a Saturday. Now, if I touch alcohol, the thought of going to work even in the afternoon is a scary.

There’s nothing I hate more than wasting time.

As someone that puts pressure on themselves to be doing more – just one more blog post, just one more Tweet, just 10 more comments.. sometimes I can find myself mad at myself for even taking an hour away from the computer to watch an episode of OITNB. And yes – I’m aware entirely that this is pressure I put on myself and it’s not something I want to relax a little on just yet, but the outcome is something I thrive on.

Sometimes you’ve got to do things you don’t always want to do to get the results you want. Which means going to the gym when I don’t always want to. Or cleaning my room when it’s a tip but I’m tired. Or forcing out a post at 9pm at night after a long day at work, going to the gym and having to be up at 5am the next day for work. Even if I don’t want to. Because I want a healthy body and a healthy mind – going to the gym and blogging does that.

You might wonder why blogging gives me a healthy mind. SURELY TAKING A DAY OFF WILL GIVE YOU A HEALTHY MIND TOO, RIGHT?

No, the opposite.

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On Sunday, I had a headache and wasted the entire day watching TV. Not as I had planned.

I planned on going to the gym, I planned on writing at least 4 posts for this blog, 3 for my fitness blog and 1 for my tech blog, which has now been neglected for over a week.

Instead, I slowly and painfully wrote two posts and put together a graphic of wishlist items for another post. Kicking myself for not being able to do more. But I just couldn’t.

It makes me wonder what life would be like without blogging. What other peoples lives are like without blogging. I’m pretty sure I’d just be obsessed with YouTube stars, Netflix and my Xbox.

So why do I do it?

Because blogging serves a purpose for me. And it’s not to inspire others. It’s not to make extra money or be famous on the Internet.

It’s to use my time productively and create something.

Most of the time I enjoy blogging. Like, right now for example, I’m really enjoying writing this post. Because it started out a totally different post but I got a bit sidetracked and starting babbling, so it’s changed direction a little.

This is easy. Doing this is easy today. I know if I didn’t have 2 flats to view and a gym session after, if I wasn’t sat here in my towel and superman dressing gown, having just got out the shower, I could write 10 blog posts today.

But I have things to do. A lot of my friends joke that I’m part Internet. But I also have a real life, as well as a secret Internet life and they both take up a lot of time.

Although there are times when it’s not easy.

Those times when I have weird work hours and I’m tired, when I have to make the choice between getting ahead with blogging and feeling comfortable in my mind that I’m up to date, or go to the gym and feel comfortable with my body, but winging it a bit on the blog front.

There are times when I just can’t be bothered. Those times when I just want to switch off and watch TV for the evening. But there’s that constant niggle in the back of my head that tells me no. I need to carry on. That’s the thing with blogging. The job is never done. There’s always more you can do.

I’ve committed to daily blogging. I’ve committed to repaying kind comments people leave me. I’ve committed to scheduling tweets and being planned and organised.

Because it’s the outcome I love. Having a blog that documents the past almost 4 years of my life, having comments and tweets and thousands of people following me on Twitter, Bloglovin, Instagram that help me feel good about myself when I cannot help myself. You lot see the good in me, the best in me. That’s wonderful.

It’s the pride. It’s the stubbornness. It’s the people on Twitter that say you can’t daily blog and have quality posts. It’s my boring job. It’s being single and almost 30 and having no kids, pets, responsibilities. It’s my reason and purpose and the only thing that makes me feel like I’m not a waste.

So when people think that blogging shouldn’t be a chore, I think they’re wrong.

Blogging isn’t a chore most of the time for me, but sometimes it is. And that’s okay, it doesn’t mean I should stop or that posts I write when I’m not in the mood are crap.

If we wanted to give up on everything when it felt like a chore, we wouldn’t achieve anything.

Going to the gym, training for a marathon, learning to play the piano, decorating your house – nothing is perfect all of the time, but we carry on because of the end result.

I just wanted to say that.

Because I think far too many people say they won’t blog if it feels like a chore. Which is fine, you can do what you want.

But what gets to me is when people say it shows in your writing. You produce crap. You should take a break.

A few times a week people refer to me a superhuman, or a blogging machine – I’ve been asked to send people my motivation, to reveal how I do it.

It’s no secret really.

I made a commitment to myself and I stick to it.

Even on the days when it feels like a chore.

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29 Comments

  • Reply Laurie June 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Loved this post (I have Meatloaf singing in my head “you took the words right outta my mouth “!) I only post twice a week and I find that hard! Plus I still have so much to learn. One of the reasons I read your blog = great info. I too am behind because oitnb keeps calling ! x
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  • Reply Aqy June 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

    This is a really great post. I completely agree with everything you said. Defo sharing it on my twitter! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie Jane June 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Just like me too! I have two blogs, posting on my book reviews one everyday and my lifestyle one pretty much everyday. I tend to find that it’s the thought of writing that sometimes feels like a grind, but once I can get the first couple of sentences lined up, the rest swirls out!

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  • Reply Matea June 22, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I’ve really enjoyed this post and I absolutely agree with everything you wrote. I used to post on a daily basis too but then life got in a way and ever since I decided to post three times a week (lately I’ve been thinking of getting back to my daily routine again because I kinda miss it) and sometimes it really is hard. Sometimes you’re too tired, or you lack inspiration, or you feel like shit. But I never wanted to stop because of all those things, I actually feel so great about myself when I manage to put up a post despite having a terrible day. Blogging is awesome and my life would totally suck without it 😀
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  • Reply Fashion and Frappes June 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Sorry but I think I stopped reading and got distracted when you said you planned to write 8 posts in a day!!!!! OMG. If I manage 8 posts in a week (so I usually manage a maximum of maybe 3 or so) I will die and go to heaven – haha! But on a serious note, you post suddenly gave me a lot of motivation. And same here – I love blogging but sometimes it is a chore and I wont pretend it isn’t. Cleaning your broken links, scheduling tweets, organising photos etc. sometimes it is a chore. But I just cant give it up – it gives me way too much sense of purpose and joy!
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  • Reply Jackie Harrison June 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I enjoy blogging so I do not mind kicking my creativity in gear to write posts.
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  • Reply Ela June 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    When you think about life can feel like chore too, because of doing same things all the time. There will be times which you are not happy, not motivated and like you said all you want to do is switch of and just watch tv. It is ok to take your time and do the things you want to do! I wish I was as ambitious as you are, I can’t seem to have anything planned in the blog in advanced, most of them comes one day before and then I complain! Just do what you feel like doing, ignore what others says! x
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  • Reply Rowena @ rolala loves June 22, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Most things we do every day can feel like a chore so sometimes it can feel that way with blogging as well. I think the good generally outweighs the bad with it though.
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  • Reply Lucy Furneaux June 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    This is such a wonderful post. I’ve really struggled lately getting back into blogging properly and have made excuse upon excuse – I don’t know what direction I want to go in, I don’t know what to write, I don’t feel well, I don’t have an audience, etc. The fact is that none of those things are entirely true, and the elements of truth in them can, of course, only be fixed by actually sitting down and blogging. Thank you for giving me that extra kick of motivation I needed!
    Lx
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  • Reply chloe June 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I honestly cannot put into words how much I loved this post and how much it spoke to me. I genuinely feel as though I have had an epiphany! You’re so right, recently I have been in a blogging slump, I’ve allowed myself to get into a rut of producing half assed content on my blog and social media. Like you, and many others I made a blogging commitment which I LOVE! Time to take a leaf out of your book and just keep going, even if it feels like a chore sometimes! You’ve left me feeling inspired -xo

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  • Reply Shireen L. Platt June 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I respect your determination and commitment, Corinne and if it helps, I don’t think I’ve ever read a bad post from you ever. I do take blogging break whenever I start feeling uninspired or a little fed up with blogging, I need the break to come back refreshed. And I know when I am feeling fed up with blogging, it shows in my posts. It’s like my sense of humour gone up in smokes.
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  • Reply Melody June 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Your life sounds like mines.My roommate even tells me he doesn’t know how I do it.At leat I’m not the only one let’s keep posting bloggers
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  • Reply Kezzie June 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    This is a fabulous post Corinne! I totally agree. It IS something to be proud of and yes, you want to produce something that people want to read!!!
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  • Reply Lucy June 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Totally agree. My blog has made me push through procrastination, frustration and get the job done. I am so very proud of my blog, there are some circumstances however that despite the want and desire that have stopped me in the last couple of months in my tracks and that is Noah. He doesn’t sleep at night or during the day. I have the most amount of creative head space as I’m on maternity leave and yet I can’t write. The frustration is so real and it makes me have a love hate relationship with my blog. Lucy x
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  • Reply Emily June 22, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I love this post! It’s such a positive way of looking at things! I could really do with some of your positivity! It’s definitely a great idea to keep end goals in mind whenever things get tough!

    Emily xx

  • Reply Richel V. June 23, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Life is a chore and I agree that if we stop doing things because they feel like a chore, then we wouldn’t accomplish anything at all. I actually really admire you for being able to handle 3 blogs AND post daily! The best I could do is post 3 times a week. Haha.

  • Reply Tania Michele June 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I have days where I’m sat at my desk going ‘urgh need to do a post for tomorrow, etc’ and those are the days I wish I could take a few days off, but then I feel bad if I leave it! I’ve not had ablog break for near 2 years now which I am super proud of – but I think it’s healthy to have time off now and then from it. Even if it’s just a week of no posts and little social media interaction. I don’t see blogging as a chore, but as more of a second job to my ‘real life’ one – so a break and days off are needed! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk
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  • Reply Kel June 23, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Your dedication and commitment are admirable, I don’t half feel lazy now!
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  • Reply Anca June 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I agree with you. There isn’t a single aspect of our lives that is perfect and sometimes even if it feels like a chore, well that’s it. I try to avoid making the blog feeling like a chore, but scheduling updates on twitter is not exactly exciting, isn’t it.
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  • Reply Nicole June 23, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    This is such a honest post! I do admire all your hard work and still don’t know how you do it!!! Xx

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  • Reply Sarah June 24, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I want to squish you SO HARD right now! Really, let me do it. Please? I friggin love this post, ok I say that about all your posts but this one, this one gives ME so much motivation. I find it too easy to walk away when blogging gets hard when it feels like it’s going nowhere, when I tell myself I deserve a break, any excuse to walk away. But walking away gets me nowhere. I love my blog, I love blogging, I love the people it’s brought into my life who I speak to every day. I’m doing this because I enjoy it and because it makes the hours I’m not in work feel valuable and important, I have something, physically, to show for that time, I don’t feel like I’ve wasted it.

    Genuinely, your commitment and determination inspires me. Never forget that!

    Now, lemme squish you!

    Sarah 🙂
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  • Reply Imogen June 24, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I totally agree and this applies to so many things in life. It’s like my swimming training. I don’t enjoy every moment of going to the pool before or after work especially in winter but I do because of where I want to get to and the result it gives me. You’re certainly doing many things right with blogging! Yours is one of the few blogs out there where I genuinely want to ready every post.
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  • Reply Erin June 24, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I love and respect how commited you are to it, but I would be hopeless. It takes me to post every other day so I couldnt manage every day. But I love that you do, gives me something to read lol

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  • Reply Aimee June 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Damn, you’re making me feel bad for taking a week off now! Haha. I don’t often see blogging as a chore. For me, it’s a hobby. A passion. Something I enjoy. I’ll admit to the odd night where I really cba. Then it feels like a chore. But I take weeks off here and there when I’m lacking in motivation and when, to my eyes (and probably to no one elses) my writing just comes across as forced…crap. And, so far, I always come back refreshed and ready to blog again. I have a lot of respect for you; blogging as often as you do. And I think it’s great that you can keep yourself so motivated! X
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  • Reply Colleen June 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    This has inspired me to get my life together and really start posting more. I really admire your discipline!

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  • Reply Teri-May July 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I love blogging for the same reason – it is a productive way to spend my time. I could definitely watch a whole season of a boxset on a sunday but then what would you have to show for it? I still try to blog when the going gets tough but I actually feel like it does show in my writing. Which sucks. But sometimes it can have the opposite effect and I can produce a pretty great post and cheer myself up in the process.

    Well done you for committing yourself and keeping it up. You’re bloody brilliant for that.
    Teri-May xx
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  • Reply Elizabeth July 24, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Have you read “Willpower?” Or any of the things preaching discipline > motivation? This post feels like a more personal outgrowth of that. Thank you for this. Seriously. I’m just starting out, and this is exactly the kind of thing I need to hear.

    Cheers,
    Elizabeth

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  • Reply Justine Machin January 2, 2017 at 12:06 am

    You hit the nail on the head for me when you said it gives you purpose. That’s partly why I love blogging. It gives me a purpose, something to work on constantly, something I enjoy that I CAN do oppose to all the stuff I can’t. It makes me feel a little bit less useless and a bit more worthwhile. I have no boyfriend, no house, no children, in fact no responsibilities at all apart from my day job. I’m grateful to my blog because it reignited all my hopes and dreams for the future. Without it I have no clue where I’d be right now for it has pulled me (read dragged kicking and screaming) through some of the darkest moments of my life including losing my nanna and a very low period. I’ve sidetracked, I only meant to say how wonderful I think your post is but that’s the thing with your posts. They always get me thinking in the best way. Happy New Year Corinne xxx

  • Reply Justine Machin January 2, 2017 at 12:06 am

    You hit the nail on the head for me when you said it gives you purpose. That’s partly why I love blogging. It gives me a purpose, something to work on constantly, something I enjoy that I CAN do oppose to all the stuff I can’t. It makes me feel a little bit less useless and a bit more worthwhile. I have no boyfriend, no house, no children, in fact no responsibilities at all apart from my day job. I’m grateful to my blog because it reignited all my hopes and dreams for the future. Without it I have no clue where I’d be right now for it has pulled me (read dragged kicking and screaming) through some of the darkest moments of my life including losing my nanna and a very low period. I’ve sidetracked, I only meant to say how wonderful I think your post is but that’s the thing with your posts. They always get me thinking in the best way. Happy New Year Corinne xxx

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