Bloggers Guilt and Silver Linings
As you may have spotted on my Instagram or Twitter, over the past few weeks I have been plagued by some sort of demon super flu. I don’t usually get colds or sickness bugs all that often but when I do they seem to come with full force. First came a few days of sickness and fever, then two weeks of sinus headaches and congestion. Three weeks on and I am finally beginning to see the light of this never-ending virus of doom (ok that is a tad dramatic). Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that during this time I tried my best to keep up my posting schedule but in the end, I just couldn’t seem to create anything that I thought was worth posting. You would think that having a few days in bed would be the perfect opportunity to write up a whole bunch of content, right? I thought so too, but no matter how hard I tried, it seemed that my creative spark also took a beating. As a result, I also seemed to contract a big old case of blogger’s guilt (isn’t that the worst?)
However, as a “glass half full” kind of girl, I am a firm believer that every cloud comes with a silver lining. The silver lining, in this case, turned out to be a few lessons I have learned about my creative blogging process.
The most important lesson I learned throughout this time was that when you need to take a break – you really do need to take a break. Yeah, this sounds simple, but as a massive workaholic, this is so much easier said than done. Each time I sat and tried to write up some new content, my brain just wouldn’t cooperate. With each word document I opened, I felt as though my creative spark dimmed more and more until I had nothing to write at all. As a naturally creative person, this is something that I rarely experience and to be honest, it felt pretty terrible. This little lesson has taught me that you really can’t pour from an empty glass. Taking some time out to recharge will do you the world of good.
Secondly, I learned was that the world won’t end if you do not post for a week. Yep, it is true (shock horror). I’m sure we’ve all experienced a little bit of blogger’s guilt in the past, and it certainly isn’t a great feeling. As I scrolled down my twitter feed, I saw countless amazing posts from some of my favorite bloggers and couldn’t help but think that I should be posting too. However, the more I pushed myself to put something out there, the less inspired I became. I’m not entirely sure how to cure the feeling of blogger guilt, I do know that pressuring yourself to post only makes matters worse.
This little break also allowed me to realise a few things about my blogging rituals (wow Kylie was right, 2017 really has been the year of realising things). For me, something that I really pride myself on as a blogger is that I will only publish content that I am 100% happy with – even if this impacts my schedule. Yes, I probably could have whipped up a quick “filler” post last week just for the sake of having something to publish, but I am so glad that that did not happen. This week really tested me, however, it also proved that even whilst experiencing the biggest case of blogger’s guilt, I managed to stick to my blogging beliefs. I think that is something to be pretty proud of. I have come to the conclusion that the fact that I have been quite hard on myself over this situation only highlights how much I truly love blogging. I love to write, I love taking photographs and I love being able to share my creations with the world. In fact, I couldn’t imagine my life without my blog.
I’m not entirely sure where I was hoping to go with this post, but I already feel so much better now I’ve put pen to paper and let it all out. I guess the moral of the story here is that if you feel like you need to take some time away from your blog, then go for it and know that it is perfectly ok to do so. Never self-sabotage your creative sparkle.
Have you ever experienced bloggers guilt? Do you have any tips for overcoming it? I’d really love to hear ‘em!
Spoiler alert – I now have a bunch of Autumnal themed posts written and ready to go – and I’m a little bit excited about them! Until then you can keep up with my day to day life over on Instagram or Twitter.