Blogging Struggles | The Struggle is Real

Hey everyone!!

Last month was my 2 year blogiversary and I shared a post on tips for being a blogger but I wanted to share some of the struggles as well because life involves plenty of struggles and I may not be the smartest person but I am aware that struggles only breed when kept in silence so I thought I would talk to you all about some I have experienced and see if we have any similar ones.

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I don’t think you can understand all that blogging involves until you do it yourself. It is hard work and time consuming. Of course blogging is entirely optional for me, but choosing to do something doesn’t suddenly mean an absence of problems.

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STRUGGLE ONE: Time

The things you can do for blogging is limitless which means you have so many things that you can always be doing. The to-do list is looooong and constant, even when I feel like I have caught up with everything, in another 10 minutes I will have a bunch more things to do. It is a lot and therefore it requires a lot of my time.

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I think finding the time to do everything is my biggest struggle and it can be very exhausting. Blogging requires writing, editing, photography, marketing, blog hopping and so much more where you can do as much as you want in each section, there is almost no finish button. You have to decide that for yourself so the question is ‘when do you feel done and is it then enough?’* The blogging world never sleeps so in a way you feel like you shouldn’t either. Not to mention blogging is usually a side hobby so you have life to deal with. *screams*

*note to everyone and myself: The answer is YES

I don’t like feeling behind on things but blog hopping is probably the thing I struggle to make time for and it builds up a lot so it is hard to find that balance and not feel guilty when you’re not blogging. I know I’m not good at this balance and some days it is harder than others.

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It is your time, spend it doing something that makes you happy. I think you have to remember to prioritise yourself and use your time the most productively as well.

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STRUGGLE TWO: Perfection

PERFECT. What a beautiful concept. One you can chase forever but it can be dangerous because you never let yourself have any room outside of perfect. Of course I always try to write perfect posts after reading posts again and again (side note: I hate editing). I also try to be a perfect at blog hopping, social media and all these things. It can be so hard to be obsessed with perfect as it gets to the point where nothing is good enough and you are always down on yourself.

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This means you spend  a lot of time doing the same things because it needs to be better which means you have less time ~which I’ve already mentioned is precious~ and you find it hard to be proud of your work because it could be better. It is exhausting and constant.

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Perfect is great is ideal but progress is better for life. Try to focus on improving on the last post in a little way instead of thinking about everything you are doing wrong because you are doing a lot right as well. Make room to be proud of yourself because you are probably smashing it.

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STRUGGLE THREE: Stuck in a cycle

How do you measure growth? Statistics? Number of comments? Quantity of posts? There are many different factors which you can measure growth by and sometimes it feels like these things don’t change as much as you want so you can feel stuck and that you don’t have anything to show for your time. It is a weird feeling because you do it for enjoyment and you know this but sometimes it can be disheartening to not be going where you want to be.

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This is me during those times, (see how it would feel insane?)

Also in terms of creativity, sometimes I can be so energised by new content and have loads of items which I can’t wait to write about and share. But sometimes I have a creative dry spell and I seem to be producing content I don’t like. So what do you do? Push through it or stopping posting? And both can be hard as you don’t want to produce content you aren’t proud of or to stop blogging. (Tip: take a break, do something completely different)

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If it feels like you have been stuck in anyway make a change. Big or small, it can change your mindset and attitude. It is refreshing and exciting so I recommend it. Post that topic you were always nervous about. Change blog layout. Write about your passion again and again.

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STRUGGLE FOUR: Comparison

I’m not sure how many blogs are out there but I would say A LOT and it is hard to not compare yourself to them because maybe their blogging voice is more unique than yours or they write more content or they have a prettier design or they are more active than you or have more numbers. Okay so you can my point, there are so many factors that can be done differently to you. So it may feel like ‘why I am doing this when there are so many people doing it better than me’. It can drain the passion and joy out of you really quick. And basically make you feel like a fraud and that you should exit really quickly.

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People say it a lot. You’re special. You have self-worth. You may not be like them but you are YOU so it is much better. And honestly I don’t know the secret to actually believing this but I have never met someone who is exactly like someone else, you are different where you like it or not and it is your strength and beauty, you may not see it but plenty of people do so you have to keep trying to see it because it is there, I promise.

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STRUGGLE FIVE: Pressure

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Okay so this is a links to all the points but with the lack of time, wanting to be perfect and comparing yourself to everyone it feel like you are drowning under it all and you don’t want to complain because it is your choice and you enjoy it which ironically adds the pressure. So it can be a big bundle of wanting to scream and sleep in a duvet cocoon.

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This is a brilliant quote and what you choose to do will always be enough, let the rest go and take a deep breath.

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So they are some of the struggles that I deal with and don’t get me wrong I love blogging, it is amazing and a lot of good things have come from blogging but it can be hard especially when you don’t talk about it. So please tell me what do you struggle with???

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What are some of your blogging struggles?

How do you deal with them? Do you think it is better to talk about them?

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52 thoughts on “Blogging Struggles | The Struggle is Real

  1. Hi! I think it’s great to share our struggles, because we’re all probably dealing with the same, or similar ones. I know I am! Because our blogs and social media are pretty, it’s hard not to play the comparison game, but when we share our struggles like this, it does help to know at least in this, we’re all the same. It makes us feel understood and like we have what it takes.

    So thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello!! I’m glad you like to share struggles as well because when you know other people are experiencing the same problems as you it can make such a difference and make you feel better. So I do think it is important.
      And thank you so much for your kind words!! 💕

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  2. This is all so true! Time is the major one that I struggle with and finding some sort of balance between blogging or reading. I feel like I’m always behind on one or the other. I guess it goes a little into wanting to make posts perfect, because you do want them to be as good as possible before you share them with others, but I also struggle with GIFs. I never really know what you can and can’t use but if it’s a long post I feel like it looks better if it has a few pictures to break it up. And pressure is definitely a major one like you said too. If you fall behind on other peoples content or don’t get your posts done or time or feel like you read enough it can all add together to make you feel stressed. Which in turn makes it harder to blog. It’s all worth it though because the good sides of blogging do outweigh the stress and struggles. You get to share your passion about various things, find people you have things in common with, learn about new books constantly and just have fun.
    I also really love all of the quotes that you included. They’re lovely and fit each theme so well. Another wonderful post ❤️

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    1. I’m so happy you could relate to these struggles as I think it is so much better to not feel alone with them.
      I know finding time can so hard and the balance with everything especially as books always need to be read 😂 I feel behind a lot of the time too!!
      Yes you want to spend a lot of the time perfecting the little details and sometimes you don’t have time so it becomes a lot.
      I was unsure about gifs as well but I mostly just use any I want. I’m not entirely sure on the rules to be sure but I know a lot of people use the ones they want as well!!
      Yes some times it is scary how quickly the pressure of everything can build up but you have to remind yourself to breathe and only do as much as you want.
      I agree the good side does outweigh the rest as it is such a rewarding and positive thing to do.
      Thank you, I thought the quotes would make it feel more positive and give some advice to people.
      Thank you so, so much Charlotte!! 💕

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      1. Yes I agree, it’s definitely nice to know that you’re not alone with feeling that way. I think everybody struggles with time and finding the balance, at least some of the time. It’s probably part of the reason why people want a break from blogging every now and again. I think I’m getting a bit better at catching up though. I feel like I’m doing better with keeping up with most of the blogs that I follow (I don’t get email alerts for a couple of people though and I have no idea why :/). Although I do need to start blog hopping a bit more to find other new pages. And I’m kind of catching up on my posts. I have most of my tags at least partially drafted and all of my features so far scheduled. Although I have A LOT of work to do for December still. I’m sure you’re a lot further ahead than I am when it comes to that month :L
        Yes I agree. It can be especially hard if you get stuck on getting something right.
        Yeah I’m never sure but everybody seems to use gifs so I stick mostly to them.
        Yeah… I’m not very good at that. I’m better than I was back when I first started blogging but I get very ‘all or nothing’ about catching up and try to do absolutely everything at once. But I think I’m getting better at spacing things out a bit more.
        I agree (: and they did add a bit more of a positive spin onto a posts about struggles (: I enjoyed reading this so much 😀

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        1. Yes it is comforting!! 😊
          It is hard to get the balance as people have so many things going on in their life and it can vary a lot!! Yes breaks can be helpful and let you stop feeling the stress of it for a while!!
          Yes sometimes I am better with staying on top of it than others. I wonder why you don’t get emails for some people, that’s strange!!
          I know I always forget to make the time for new pages and they can be hard to find sometimes!!
          That’s good, it is nice to feel ahead of schedule!! December I am quite prepared for as I started early but I’ve also had much less to post than you this month so I think you are doing very well 💕
          Yes!
          Yes so do I and hope for the best 😂
          I am very all or nothing about catching up too and I can be very patchy about it 😂 I need to get better at that too!!
          That’s what I was hoping and thank you so, so much!! 💕

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          1. That’s very true. I guess maybe it get’s easier with time and practice? Although even then you can unexpectedly get busy and quiet times too. And yes, they definitely take the edge off sometimes.
            Me too (: And I figured it out. I have no idea why it does it as I hit ‘follow’ for everyone in the same way but some people had the email alerts turned off so I’ve now turned them on.
            I saw that someone tries to like one a day so I may try something like that. Although I don’t know how you find new people actually. Pages that are new to you yeah, but I don’t know how you specifically find a new blogger.
            Thank you 💕 I think I’m getting there. I have my tags mostly set up now for this month anyway. December still needs a lot of work though. But I’ll get there.
            Well done for being so prepared 💕
            Its so hard to just do a little at once I find :L If I start catching up I want to do it all.
            💕💕💕

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            1. Maybe at times I know I got in a routine which felt nice but once it gets knocked it is hard to get back into it again 😞
              Yes that’s is strange but I guess if they have selected email notifications off that would affect it!!
              Oh that’s interesting. Sometime I try to do a few whilst watching TV but I add up wanting to do them all then. I have no control 😂
              No I’m not sure. I think it it just luck tbh 😂
              Aww.. thats great!! Yes I’m sure you will. Just take it one post at a time so you done feel overwhelmed. That is what I do 😊
              Thank you!! 💕💕
              Yes that’s how I feel!!

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              1. That’s so true. Plus once you fall behind it can take a while to catch up.
                I guess so.
                I do the same. I had some time free the other day and decided I’d just read five or so posts…then read everything 😂
                Thanks for the advice (: I think I am gradually getting there.
                Well at least it not just me 😂❤️❤️❤️

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  3. i totally agree with your first point! every blogger has their own restrictions as to how far they’ll go, but as a perfectionist, it seems like the list never ends. there’s outlining, adding gifs, editing photos, creating featured images, adding links, and so on so forth. it’s definitely consuming, especially in regards to time! i also agree with all the others– blogging is more than what it looks like, but it’s the feeling of finally clicking that “publish” button that keeps me going ❤ great post, sophie 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you could agree with my points as I wanted people to relate and hopefully feel less alone with their struggles.
      Exactly blogging requires a lot and it really can be endless at times especially when you want everything to be just right. It takes a lot of time and effort.
      It is a lot of work but I agree I get a lot of pleasure from creating a post and discussing new ideas etc.
      Thank you so much 💕

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  4. Hey, a little constructive criticism! Use punctuation in your posts because your paragraphs are filled with run-on sentences. Also, proofread them more because they are filled with typos! Otherwise, great post!

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    1. This comment is actually perfect timing because I was saying the other day how bad my grammar was and the fact that I know probably makes it worse. 😂 oh I do run-on ssentences all the time, it is so bad. I definitely need to improve on that and be a bit more professional and careful. Thank you for the feedback and wording it kindly.

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  5. Oh wow, this post is so relatable. I think time is my biggest struggle right now – it’s easy to fall behind and feel like it’s impossible to catch up. And there’s the ever-present comparison to other bloggers and believing you’re not doing enough, or that what you’re doing isn’t good enough…it’s tough! Especially for something that we just do for fun. But I think the fact that you have these worries is a testament to how much you care about the content you produce, and that always shines through 😊💕

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    1. I’m so glad you can relate and that is what I wanted from this post!! (Yay I’m not alone)
      Time is really hard and like you said it is hard to catch up as the blogging world is always moving and we’re not 😂
      Comparison is really hard as once you start you almost spiral down with it so it can be really hard to fight.
      Aww… thank you so, so much Margaret!! That means a lot 😭💕

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  6. Thank you for writing this! This is so terribly true and I relate to it A LOT. I tend to phase in and out of blogging (I have spells where I blog, spells where I don’t really want to) and I think maybe swapping things up often will add unpredictability and maybe make things more fun for me – and the reader as well!! This is SUCH a great post Sophie – it might be one of my favorites of yours!

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    1. Aww.. you’re so welcome!! I am so glad you could relate as that is what I wanted from this post!! 💛 I know what you mean about phasing in and out of it as I do too, my motivation can vary sometimes!! I think it can make a big difference to do something completely different as it makes it more exciting!!
      Aww.. thank you so, so much!! 💕💕 That means a lot!!

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  7. THIS POST IS E V E R Y T H I N G 😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕💕🌟🌟🌟🌟 The way you have written it, THE THINGS YOU HAVE WRITTEN IN IT, THE WAY ITS ALL FORMATTED – PERFECTION (I know you weren’t going for that though 😉🤣)

    YOU HAVE SUMMED UP EVERYBODY’S BLOGGING LIFE IN A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED POST AND I AM 15279251819161189110% HERE FOR IT! 😍😍😍😍😍💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍

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    1. Aww… thank you so much Rain!!! 🌟💕🌟💕🌟💕 THAT MEANS SO MUCH!! I’m so happy you liked this post and the way it was written!! (Haha I try to aim for improvements from my last post but I’ll take perfect 😉❤😉)
      Aww… I’m so glad you could relate to this!! I wanted everyone to feel like they weren’t struggling alone!! 💕 Thank you so much for your amazing comment!!! 😍😍

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      1. OF COURSE I LOVED IT Sophie! YOUR POSTS ARE ALWAYS JUST….THEY ARE SOO VERYYY WELL WRITTEN AND NOT TO MENTION ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!😍😍😍😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟

        😘😘😘😘💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️ Keep writing YOU ARE AWESOMEEEE!!

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  8. Ah this is a wonderful post, Sophie and all of these struggles are so damn relatable, too. The time thing is terrible: there is always so much to do and so little time every single day to do it all, I can’t help but feel pressured to do it all and when I can’t, which is like 99% of the time, I get upset because, well, everything’s not perfect and going exactly as it should haha. Blogging is wonderful and brings on incredible things in our lives, but it can also be overwhelming at times and it’s so important to highlight and recognize that. This is a wonderful post ❤

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! I’m glad you could relate as I was hoping people reading this would be able to and hopefully feel less alone!! 💛
      I know, finding time and the balance is incredibly difficult and like you said a lot of the time you can’t do everything which makes you feel under a lot of pressure and like you are failing!! But that isn’t the case as blogging is something you do when you want and whatever you decide to do, it is more than enough!!
      I agree, it is something I really enjoy but it does come with problems which shouldn’t be ignored!!
      Thank you so much!! 💕💕

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  9. I’m so happy to see this post, I definitely think it’s important for everyone to talk about their struggles so people know they’re not alone.

    I personally struggle most with posting consistently, finding time to blog when I’m busy. Because blogging is a hobby that I choose to do it make it feel less important than other things in my life, so I struggle to justify time for it when I’m busy elsewhere.

    I also tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to the point where it isn’t fun anymore and I lose the love of blogging. (Usually visiting some of my favourite blogs restores the passion 😊)

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much!! That is why I wanted to write this so people can talk about it and feel less alone 💛

      I agree, blogging can actually become a very time consuming activity so finding the time for it among other pressing matters can be very difficult!!

      So true, it can end up with you putting a lot of pressure on yourself which can take the enjoyment out of it which is a shame because it can be so enjoyable!! I agree other people blogs reignites the passion in me too!! 😊

      Aww.. thank you for your wonderful comment, it means so much to me!! 💛

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    1. Yes I feel like they are big things as time just runs out and comparing yourself to other people can be so easy. It is incredible the amount people can do for blogs but I think you need to give yourself credit for what you do as well. 💛

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  10. “the things you can do for blogging is limitless” – THIS 1000%!! Even when I have a bunch of posts ready, I’ve visited everyone in my blogging feed, answered all comments… I still feel like I could do more, and it’s ridiculous. I have a two posts per week schedule, so I don’t pressure myself into doing more – before I didn’t have this I’d want to post CONSTANTLY and it was a lot.

    Not to compare myself to others is also hard – there are so many bloggers who have an amazing, witty writing voice and produce content I’m in love with. Not to mention how many bloggers post so much more than I do. At the end of the day I’m happy with what I do now – which wasn’t always the case – so I’m in part over this problem. But especially with reviews it can come back in full force – sometimes I’m just not finding the right words, and I remember excellent reviews I’ve read and get so sad, haha.

    Great post! 🙂

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    1. Yes exactly!! Even when I’ve finished my to do list I feel like new things have happened and there is still so much I could be doing!! It is a lot to handle!! When I get lots of ideas I feel like I could post non-stop when the reality of that would be very time consuming and a lot of pressure!!

      Yes I agree there is so much content out there which I adore and I do see people doing more then me. But I agree that we should be proud and happy with what we do and I’m so glad you got to be in this situation. It is so much better and healthier.
      Reviews can be so hard to write as I feel like I can’t express myself eloquently enough. It is hard to deal with comparison!!

      Thank you so much!! 💛💛

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  11. This was SUCH a great post. I just found your blog and I am in love! 🙂

    I relate to all of these things so much! I’ve had my blog for about 3,5 years and during that time I have put my blog on pause countless times. Once even for about half a year, mostly because of these blogging struggles. I’m a true perfectionist so I spent so much time (sometimes even time I should be spending on other things) trying to “perfect” my blog. We’ll as you said, that’s something you can chase forever and I did.. right until it became too much and I just HAD to put blogging to the side. I always try to blog for myself but sometimes numbers can get to you and it can feel like your talking to a wall.

    Recently though I have simplified my headers/featured images etc so I could stop spending so much time on that and have been focussing more on the blog hopping and interaction with others, which has been great. I think this is why most of us started our blog anyways, to be part of the community and to talk about books. ❤

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    1. Hey Nikki!! Aww.. thank you so much!! That means a lot!! 💕

      I’m so glad you could relate, that is what I wanted from this post!! Yes I have had a lot of breaks too over the 2 years. It can certainly feel like you have to keep working and working in your blog until it feels perfect!! It can be dangerous sometimes as you can tirelessly chase something!!
      The numbers can seem like a big thing and affect your outlook on blogging but it is important to remember why you started at these times!!

      Yes I changed my habits over the years as I learnt what I wanted to focus on!! It is nice to blog hop and interact as you can to talk to so many people in the community!! Exactly, it is a really special thing!! ❤
      Thank you for your lovely comment!! 💕

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      1. You’re very welcome! 😊❤ It’s always nice to know basically everyone struggles with these things. Sometimes it can seem like everyone else is doing so much better. But we all have times when it doesn’t work out. It’s much better to just take a moment for yourself than to force yourself to continue on. I would have probably been done with blogging altogether if I had forced myself to keep posting.

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