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.
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.
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.
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.