16 October 2017

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Give Up Blogging


I’ll be honest and admit that I’m one of those bloggers that sometimes feel that I should stop spending my money on blog image backgrounds and other creative props like fake greenery, notebooks, and cute mugs. Sometimes I feel that it’s just not worth all the time and effort I put in, other times I also feel uninspired and unappreciated.

This feeling first crept up on me a few years ago, at the time I was working for a startup PR and Social Media Company based in Cape Town. It was a remote position so I was working from home, however, that didn’t make any difference to my work schedule. The hours were long, I worked overtime and on some weekends (without any overtime payment) but because I wanted to prove myself I gave it my all in the hope that this opportunity would further my career.

Long story short, it did not in fact after I came back from my maternity leave I was retrenched. So firstly, because of a hectic work schedule I didn’t write and publish a lot of content on my blog. Six months down the road I fell pregnant and so with work and a bedrest pregnancy (yes, my doctor at the time told me I was having a threatening miscarriage, so I was on bedrest until around 7 months of pregnancy) I was really not focusing on blogging at all. 

Time went by I was able to find other freelance work after the birth of my baby to stay afloat, I was also dealing with the loss of my sister so by this time I didn’t even think about blogging. After a while I decided to rather just take off the dates on my blog, I also made a choice and promised myself that I would never completely give up on my blog because:

1. I remembered why I started blogging and so should you.

When I started writing online there was no such thing as working with brands and attending big events. During the early years, I just wanted to express myself creatively. It was so nice taking lovely pictures for posts, writing about random road trips, future goals and what you wanted for Christmas. It was an awesome way to make new (blog) friends, encouraging each other and in a way, it was also nice to be part of a blog community of like-minded people.

2. Think about all the time and effort.

You should never just give up on something because life happens. Like anything in life, if you’re passionate about something you shouldn’t completely leave and abandon it. Take a break from it, put it on the back burner for a while but always return to your love project. Think back to how you played around with templates and blog buttons, how you started with a Wordpress or Blogspot URL. And how you slowly progressed until you felt really proud of yourself. All of that took a lot of time and effort.

3. Once a blogger always a blogger.

Blogging is a lifestyle, its part of your creative daily life. You can’t just one day decide that it is over and stop taking styled pictures and altogether forget about writing catchy phrases over on your social media timelines. During the time I wasn’t actively blogging anymore I was still capturing pretty pictures to post over on Instagram and Facebook. Yes, I couldn’t find myself to sit down and write a lengthy blog post, but I was microblogging and that was enough for me at the time. Enough to keep the blogging flame alive.

4. You don’t need acknowledgment to believe your worth as a blogger.

Even if you never receive an award or some kind of recognition you are still a creative content writer, deserving of your space on the blogosphere. I know that we all sometimes long for magazine features, expensive beauty products or paid blog campaigns and such. It’s fantastic if that’s what you’re currently receiving, I’m genuinely proud of you since you’ve worked really hard for this – but if these type of things are absent from your life it’s still ok. Make sure you don’t fall into that nasty comparison trap, it’s not worth it. Keep on blogging in your own style and way, stay authentic and true to yourself. Because in the end, your blog is also…

5. Your online life journal.

Everything ever posted on your blog is evidence of the work and places you’ve visited in your lifetime. This is how you’ve lived, these are the beauty products and fashion items that were loved by you during a certain timeframe of your life. Blogging shouldn’t define who you are as a human being, it’s just a part of your life, just one of your wonderful adventures. And remember if things get too hectic if you go through some sort of crisis or writer's block you can always just take off the dates on your blog while you take a break. That’s what I did. 


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1 comment:

  1. I love blogging. It is a hobby that brings me so much joy. Even though I am not popular or get any recognition, I will continue to blog. It's my little space of creativity. Xxxx

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