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After 5 and a half years of daily blogging, I quit.

It’s been a long run – five and a half years.

I have published a blog post EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for five and a half years. Sometimes, I’ve published two in one day.

Now, that’s all going to change. Actually, it already has changed. This weekend, I didn’t publish a blog post.

And did the world come crashing around all around me like I thought it would? No. Not it didn’t.

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I’ve had Amber’s My Blogging Secrets Book for ages now, but it’s gone unread. Amber is one of my favourite bloggers. Yeah, her photos are great, but what I love about Amber is her ability to tell a story about the silliest thing in a clever and witty way. She can make the most boring subject interesting with something that will make you smile. I admire that. It’s smart and interesting.

So when I was reading her book, I felt like it was directed at me. Personally. She must have written that whole book about my blog* – she might as well have titled it ‘Corinne, stop posting so much shit’.

The first piece of evidence to support this statement is that there’s a whole chapter about how you get people to care about your cat and enjoy looking at pictures of your cat doing cat things. I have a cat.

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The second piece of evidence to support this is a bit further in the book where she is talking about blog post frequency.

She writes something along the lines of how there is nothing set in stone in regards to how often you should post, that comes down to this:

Post as often as you can, without compromising the quality of your blog posts. Yes, Corinne, I’m looking at you.

Okay, she didn’t say that last part but I still went a bit red and wanted to hide because it resounded with me a lot.

How daily blogging began.

When I think back to when I first started blogging, I posted every three days. Then when I got a bit more into it, I was posting every other day. At this point, I was spending all my free time blogging and I loved that rush publishing a blog post and waiting for comments.

I was doing really well – because I had lots of time and was able to get involved in the community, things were great! I was also getting a lot of products to review at the time. As well as some sponsored posts.

Soon enough, I was struggling to fit everything into the ‘every other day’ schedule – I needed to get more content posted more often. That’s when I started posting every day. It was kind of an accident, then after a few weeks, I realised it had been a while since I had had a day without posting.

That was over five years ago.

Things are a bit different now. A lot different.

  • I stopped saying YES to every product I was asked to review. Now I probably get sent three or four things a month, as opposed to a few things each week. I was just fed up of having things I didn’t really need.
  • I’ve been living with my boyfriend for over two years. I now spend my evenings watching TV with him, rather than spend all my time online.
  • Blogging just doesn’t seem as important to me anymore. I almost feel as if I’ve outgrown it!

To be honest with you all, I am tired.

I am working full time, commuting, working out six days a week, trying to do a CIM marketing course, I’ve started having piano lessons and I feel tired.

I feel like I’m always in a state of stress – there’s something looming in the back of my mind.

That thing is my blog.

I’m always thinking about my next blog post, not only just what am I going to write about, but when am I going to get time to write about it.

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It’s got to the point where I feel like my blog has such a hold on me that it’s getting in the way of my life. When someone wants to make plans over a weekend, I am freaking out because as much as I want to see my friends and have fun, I have a BLOG SCHEDULE that I need to stick to and it’s super important to me so I think I’ll just stay home and do that instead.

I spend most of my lunch breaks writing blog posts – like I am now. I don’t have any downtime at work, I work and blog and work and blog and then go home and feel tired.

I want to live less online and live more offline.

I’ve had this feeling for years – but it’s different than before. I used to have that feeling out of passion, I would be bursting with ideas I want to get out. Now it’s… well, it’s a chore.

Not only that, but I want to improve the quality of my posts. I’d rather write three really good blog posts that I can spend a bit more time on and promote than seven rush blog posts. I often fill in the gaps with wishlist posts and I really can’t stand the thought of going on ASOS again to look at more dresses I can’t buy just to do a wishlist post to fill in a gap. It’s crap. I AM POSTING CRAP. There. I said it. Posting crap. Just because I gave myself a stupid rule that I am too afraid to break. I honestly feel like the world might end when I stop blogging every day, even though in reality, nobody cares.

So for now, I’m going to post three times a week. And I’ll sit tight and hope that the world won’t end.

I’ve had such an awful amount of pressure – pressure I’ve put on myself about this and I have this awful feeling of dread that if I stop daily posting, then I’ll just give up completely. So that’s why I need to keep to some sort of a schedule. For now.

I’m forever writing blog posts telling people it’s your blog, do what you want. Post when you want. Screw the trends. Why didn’t anyone tell me that?

So there you have it.

I don’t blog daily anymore.

and it’s like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

*I am pretty certain that the book is absolutely nothing to do with me. I think. Probably.

1. noun: a female blogger that writes about her own experiences, observations and opinions. 2. verb: to act like a complete idiot or to do something stupid. e.g: She did a Corinne.

21 Comments

      • Erica Vonderwall

        Honestly mate, no idea how you’ve kept at it for so long – the minute it felt like a chore for me, my writing changed and people didn’t read. So why write if no one is reading? Keep your words for when it’s natural and comes to you the your readers will get what they deserve! X

        • Corinne

          I kept at it for so long because I’m a stubborn idiot and just was unable to stop. It was like an addiction I was unable to break. I think the first 3 years or so it was GREAT! But then it gradually became harder and harder, VERY slowly – but I was in such a routine and I almost felt like it was my identity. Daily blogging was my brand. I guess now my brand is ‘daily blogged for 5 and a half years and now won’t stop talking about it’.

  • Sarah

    Could we be any more on the same page here? So proud of you for making this decision, it’s going to be such a game changer! Since coming away from blogging I have found so much time I never had before, and I love how it’s encouraging me to explore new and fun things, things I can enjoy without having the think about how much content I can get out of it! There’s a whole amazing world out there OFFLINE that is just waiting to be explored, not exploited!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Corinne

      Yeah, you’ve hit the nail on the head there saying ‘enjoying something without having to think how much content I can get out of it!’

      • Helen

        Good on you for having that commitment for so long. And also the realisation it’s now not right for your life now. I’ve gone through periods where once per week was too much. Either because my MH wasn’t great or I had other commitments.
        Enjoy your free time! Helen xo

  • Nicola

    It’s such an achievement to go five and a half years without missing even a day and I can’t imagine how much work that must have been. But if it’s affecting the quality of your posts then I think you’re right to take it back to a few times a week. Quality is much more important than quantity. I’d rather spend more time writing a longer, detailed blog post that’s useful to people instead of just throwing up a rushed post because I feel like I need to have SOMETHING published. Even reading this post I noticed that more care and thought had been put into it than usual (don’t get me wrong, I enjoy all your posts but this one just felt different in a good way from the beginning) so I fully support your decision. Also I need to get my hands on Amber’s book because it’s something I’ve wanted to read for a long time!

    • Corinne

      Thank you! You’re completely right – I did take more care and attention with that one. I feel like I’m on borrowed time all the time and just rushing through posts! Ambers book is great, you should really read it because it’s full of home truths. Even the ones that are difficult to hear! Thanks for your support!

  • Amber

    IT IS TOTALLY ABOUT YOU. (Ok, not really Really glad you found it useful, though, and thanks so much for the mention – here’s to blogging whenever we feel like it!)

  • Rebeca

    Hi Corinne! After so many years writing in my blog I also went through a stage similar to yours, I did not publish daily unless it was necessary because I had to comply with some collaboration, but then there were days when I did not feel very motivated to write and I did not want to put any information to get out of the way, I think that when I write information that generates some interest it is better for me and for my public too, there are weeks that I only publish twice or maximum three just like you have been enjoying more of real life that of digital, but I still enjoy blogging because nobody presses me, just myself and I decided that I should do it with pleasure not by obligation.

  • Kezzie

    BRAVO! I think you will be much better for it. I used to feel this pressure to post loads but I decided that I would only post when I felt ready to and if I couldn’t, then tough!

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