Friday, January 11, 2013

5 Reasons Why It's O.K Not to Post on Your Blog Everyday

Over the Christmas period I didn't post at all for nearly ten days. Life took over, and I didn't feel even slightly guilty about it. In truth, I had the time. You know, when you're sitting on the sofa watching your 7th Christmas movie and eating mince pies? But I didn't have any motivation to write. Who wants to hear about me deep-cleaning my flat (whilst cursing like a trooper), sitting on my bum and scoffing lots of chocolates, or how I went to town for no other reason than I fancied a Starbucks gingerbread hot milk?
 
It wasn't that I had stopped caring for my readers, or that I suddenly had a blogging breakdown. I just couldn't write and I reasoned that there are FIVE very good reasons why not posting on your blog everyday could be the healthiest choice you make for your writing.
Posting because you feel like you 'should' write something everyday can have a negative effect on your writing. If you have had to sit there, without inspiration, or worse when you should be doing something else, dredging words from somewhere, it's not going to be the most heartfelt or passionate of posts. I've been guilty of writing posts while staring down marking, making myself stressed in the process. These have inevitably not drawn much interaction and when reading them back, I know they do not reflect me at my best.
Blogging does become a good excuse to tune out of real life responsibilities. By nurturing online relationships, I know I have neglected my real life ones, and almost ironically when a night out or a coffee with my friends might have actually led to more interesting content. Maybe it's just me who has made excuses about being 'busy' during times I was just catching up on my blog. No more. Taking last minute opportunities will surely only give me more to share.
If you're constantly 'producing' as a writer, or indeed if you are wrapped up in a project, you don't always give yourself enough time to reflect and review. With this, I don't necessarily mean scouring Google Analytics to check the numbers. Instead I see it as a process of reading my blog, considering what I am most proud of, what was most popular and also what I wouldn't want to see again. This is helping me (I hope) to develop my style - something I am very keen to perfect during 2013.  What are you most proud of? What was most popular? What wouldn't you want to see on your blog again?
Reduce your stress levels. You probably started blogging for fun or for a way to express yourself, rather than as an avoidance strategy from all real-life, human contact. You have spent time building a readership and perhaps have some bloggy friends. These people will not disappear if you do not talk to them everyday. True friends, loyal readers, those who look forward to your writing will wait for you to have a break, appreciate the care and caution you take with your writing and keep coming back. And NO if you have a week off, or a couple of days, you DON'T need to organise guest posts or apologise. It's like going on holiday and leaving daily voicemails to your bestie or asking someone else to phone her. When I see a blog that hasn't updated for a while, I just hope they are having a great time and look forward to the awesome update that will inevitably follow. Reclaim the fun folks!
If you really cannot bear the thought of leaving your pages blank, but lack any real content yourself, then pay it forward. Point your loyal readers to a favourite post you've read recently and explain why you engaged with it. The best part of this is you can browse your blog reader and chillax with a cuppa before making someone's day while you appreciate the efforts they have made to hook you in.
 
I hope that having read this, if you DO suffer from guilt when you cannot put fingers to keyboard, you might be able to rid yourself of some of the weight of the decision to stay offline every now and again. The old adage, 'If you don't have anything good to say, then don't say it' has remained popular for a reason. I am convinced that the flood of inspiration I'm experiencing is as a direct result of having time off. My brain has recharged and my voice has something to say!  
 
Do you ever get posting anxiety? How do you handle it? Where do you go for inspiration when the writing wells are dry? I'd love for you to share your tips in the comments!
Take care,

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25 comments:

Gia @ Lovely Serendipity said...

Great timing to read this post! I've been torturing and pressuring myself in the last few weeks because I can't come up with great topics. I spend at least 1.5 hours a day looking for blog topics and I end up getting more frustrated when I can't find a good one!

Gia @ Lovely Serendipity

PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

Yup. I had posting anxiety yesterday which brought forth the aptly named "a post about nothing" last night.

Great read Rosie. Thank you.

Sandra Kohlmann said...

Last night my husband asked me why I hadn't worked on my blog, as I said I would during our dinner conversation. I told him my reasons, which were basically 1-4! If blogging stresses me out, or I write when I'm not motivated, it's going to make me a crappy blogger.

Lindsay k said...

This is perfect and so true. Great post. I'm sharing because I think more people need to read this!!

Allana said...

I feel the same way. Haven't blogged in awhile - illness took over then the holidays. Haven't been inspired.

Natasha V said...

Thank goodness. I don't know what I'd write about daily.

Laura Ryder said...

I love this post. I have been blogging for less then a year and I have found myself feeling bad if I don't get a post up...yet I hate when I read over one of my post and I feel like it's just "okay" to say the best. Yet I am compelled to hit the publish button because it feels like "okay" is better then nothing.

Laura@MiceInTheKitchen

Cocalores said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes. I have to agree on all five. Sometimes I think it's fun to organise an awesome guest post of someone who have always admired, though - it's a win win situation =)

xo

Megan Colwell said...

A lot of great comments. Although I have been posting every day, it's because I want to. And I actually HAVE content :) But I'm sure it'll come in waves. Great tips.

http://nauticalowl.blogspot.com/

Oh and I was informed that in the past people couldn't view my blogger profile. But I've fixed that :)

Rosie said...

Ironically I'm inspiration rich right now. Thank goodness! But the Crimbo break was needed. Xx

Rosie said...

I guess you have to decide what matters more, your quantity or quality of posting. Glad you like the post. Thanks for your visits this week!

Rosie said...

Everytime I check my reader you seem to have finished a new project. I like that your blog has a natural space for time off!

Rosie said...

Thank you for sharing I appreciate it!

Megan10e said...

Ugh, number four! It kind of bothers me when people think that their blog is so important to people's daily existence, that they HAVE to have guest posters when they go away. First of all, I read a blog because of the writer, not to read guest posts, and second, nobody is going to die because you didn't post for a week! Number five is a great alternative idea!

Joey Bailey said...

Thank you for this! I do not have the time to post daily, or weekly. I love #5. Sharing a post from a blogger I love is something I have done a couple of times. I will definitely do it more.

Hanna said...

HI there! I'm Hanna. I'm your newest follower!!! Lovely space you have here! I hope you have a great weekend! You can find me in my little corner anytime at
www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

xoxoxo Hanna

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

What great tips and a reassuring reminder. Like you, I took time off over the holidays. I am having a hard time getting back into the blogging groove and it's nice to be reminded that I can ease back into it and that it's more important to have a well developed, genuine post than to just have a post for filler.

amyilesmoore said...

Thank you for this post-I need this reminder sometimes :)

Bethany Lee said...

Sometimes I have trouble posting once a week, so I LOVE this post! Thanks for encouraging us all!

Alyx said...

AMEN! Quality is ALWAYS better than quantity. Quit writing floof and wait for some inspiration to smack you in the face!

Rosie said...

You are most welcome, Bethany. xx

lovenotesrestylestudio.com said...

Thank you for sharing ! Words of wisdom to a newbie like me :-) I'm now following you via bloglovin.

Lenetta Carnes said...

It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-1.html

Also,My daughter, Kisha, also is taking over Fill In the Blank Fridays. The person doing it has decided she can't do it anymore so Kisha is now doing it. Her first one is today. Would love for you to join us there also. It's a fun one. Her blog ishttp://www.kjaggers.com/2013...

You can also go to her page and at the to sign up for a reminder on both of these each week
 Have a wonderful evening. :)

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