I haven’t been the most consistent blogger out there and my inability to stick to a schedule has always upset me. However, throughout my years of on-and-off blogging, I’ve realized that it isn’t as easy to do it regularly as some people might have you believe. While it is something I love to do and, in a way, is my hobby, sometimes I just can’t find the energy or inspiration to do it. So, for today’s post I wanted to talk a little bit about why blogging regularly isn’t always easy.
Coming Up With New Ideas
Yes, there is always something to write about, but coming up with the idea can be incredibly difficult. This is especially true if you work a full-time job and have to spend most of your day focusing on other tasks. There are only so many posts you can write on the same topic before it becomes repetitive and that can take a toll on your creativity. If you are planning on blogging regularly (more than once a week) I would recommend creating a list of topics that you can pull from if you ever get writer’s block.
Devoting Free Time To Blogging
Again, for anyone that works full-time, often the only time you have to write for your blog is in the evenings when you get home from work or on the weekends. This means that all your free time is devoted to blogging—that can be quite exhausting after a while. Not to mention it’s incredibly hard to photograph your own pictures if you’re out of the house in the morning and back when the sun is setting. It takes a lot of time-management and sacrifice to be able to balance your creative writing with your work life.
Explaining To Others
When I first started my blog and didn’t feel quite comfortable with it I would often have to explain to others why I was opting to stay home to work on it instead of hanging out with them. It can be a bit awkward to explain that you want to post on your website all night rather than see friends, but sometimes that’s what it takes to make sure you are sticking to a consistent schedule. Some people will be supportive and some might not understand why you are wasting your time on something they just don’t get—this can really hinder your ability to stay focused and motivated.
It Begins To Feel Like Work
After a while, the more you blog the more it feels like work. You have to always be thinking about new posts, photographing, writing, promoting, and anything else that comes along with getting your name out there. It can start to feel like less of a hobby and more like an obligation and that isn’t much fun. This is usually the reason why I begin to lose my motivation and consistency with my blog; I stop thinking about it as something I want to do and start thinking about it as something I have to do.