Three years ago I was in my second year of university, and seemed to have all the time in the world to write blog posts. I think at one point I had a new blog post going live every day, which when I think about it now, is absolutely crazy! At the time I really enjoyed having so much free time and being able to fill it with blogging. The whole process of reviewing my favourite beauty products, photographing them and then writing it all up was something I loved doing. Not once did it start feeling like a chore. I had my blog schedule and routine and liked sticking to it.
Fast forward three years and I’m working a full time job from 9-6pm, 5 days a week. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my job, but trying to maintain a blog alongside comes with its difficulties. I work in a digital agency, so most of my time is spent looking at a computer screen. So by the time I get home, the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer screen and write blog posts. I just can’t get myself to focus and it gets to the point where my blog posts are completely lifeless. I want my blog posts to come across with personality and passion. I don’t want them to read as though I couldn’t be bothered – which I will admit, I have written posts like this in the past because I felt pressure to stick to my ‘schedule’.
Another thing I find particularly difficult, and I’m sure other bloggers can relate, is winter. The dreaded winter light – or lack of. Finishing work at 6pm every night makes it impossible to take any pictures. It also means that at soon as I finish work, I want to crawl into bed and snuggle up with Netflix. Making myself have the motivation to blog can just be so difficult.
Coming back to one of my previous points about not having the motivation to blog, I have to repeatedly say to myself “that’s ok!”. Because it is ok to not want to blog. It’s ok if you would rather lay in bed binge watching Gossip Girl… or scrap Gossip Girl and just sleep!
Yes, I do have a blog schedule that I try to keep to but I don’t need to make myself feel guilty for missing the odd blog post here and there. Having these breaks gives me the time to really think about what I want to write about and how I can make it my own.
It has taken a while, but I have finally learnt that I am allowed to take a break from my own blog. Because I was the one putting unnecessary pressure on myself to write new posts. I want to produce content because I enjoy doing it, not for the sake of it. So forgive me if I don’t stick to my schedule of posting every Wednesday and Sunday. I would rather have quality content over content.
A few years ago my blog would have been the first and last thing on my mind. And in some aspects it still is. But I have learnt that it is ok to not always put my blog first. It isn’t always necessary to take a picture of my Starbucks cup or shoes on a cool floor just because it is there.