A month ago, on my blog’s one month anniversary, I received requests for tips and tricks to blogging, which inspired me to create my post about tips and trick to successful blogging (it can be found here). I then received requests for other blogging tips, all of which I was highly considering posting today, but I decided I should go a different route here today on second month anniversary of my blog.
I found something else to be of more importance, and that is learning that you need to put yourself before your blog. I know I know, in the post about tips and tricks I mentioned that one important aspect of being a successful blogger is to post often. Although posting often is important, your own health and well-being is even more important.
Why am I creating this post about your health and well-being? Well, as many of you know from reading my previous posts, I am a full-time graduate student, I have family that lives hours away from me whom I need to make time for, a boyfriend I need to spend time with, I babysit occasionally, oh yeah, and I am trying to create a successful blog and keep it up and running to the best of my ability. There are only so many hours in a day, and these past few weeks (getting through finals, starting my crammed summer class in which I have class 7 hours a day for two weeks straight, and have many assignments and three exams I have to complete for it) I have figured out the hard way that the events in my life need to be prioritized.
My schooling and the work associated with it is up top on my priorities list, along with spending quality time with my family and boyfriend. What is number one on my list though, and should be on all of your lists as well, is myself. I need to assess my needs and make sure that my needs are prioritized first. If I am feeling too stressed trying to juggle everything, I need to relax and find something that will help me to relax because lets face it, stressing does not help you get work done. Stressing only makes everything worse.
Unfortunately, this means that blogging is not first, or even up top, on my priorities list at the moment. I was feeling extra stressed about this earlier in the week and found myself feeling defeated realizing I wasn’t keeping up with my daily views goal or new followers per day goal I have set for myself. I felt like I wasn’t able to generate useful content these past few weeks since my mind has been elsewhere lately with school and my personal life. I really felt as if I was letting my blog go a little bit, and failure is never an option for me. I was stressing way to much over how I can keep up with blogging and keep up with everything else in my life.
I finally let the stress of keeping up with my blog go though when I realized what is most important in my life. Yes, I love blogging and I want to create and maintain a successful blog however, I was letting blogging take over my life a bit and blogging was only creating excess stress that wasn’t healthy for me. When I realized this, I encouraged myself to be “okay” with putting my blog on the back burner. This is not easy. I like to always do my best and nothing but the best, so being okay with not giving my blog my best effort really hit me hard. Knowing that I am doing what’s best for myself and my own health though is what made me be okay with not focusing as much time on my blog as I have in the past.
Did I meet my goes for month two of blogging? No, but I wasn’t too far from reaching them, and I am okay with that. There are some things that I just can’t have control of in my life and right now, I have no control over how many hours are in a day. It is not feasible for me to go to class for 7 hours, come home and get work done for that class, and blog. I am simply too exhausted by the time I get my school work done, staying up late to blog will only make me more tired the next day and hinder my ability to pay attention in class and work to the best ability on my career. So instead, I blog when I can. When I have some extra time, I blog. If I can’t find that extra time, I am okay with that. You all should be too! Don’t let the stress of not being able to blog or be active within the blogging community consistently bring you down. If it just doesn’t work out with you and your schedule, you will find a time when it will work out for you, don’t sweat it! The hard times always pass, so don’t bring yourself down during the hard times, just find a way to get through it, focusing on yourself first.
Blogging is not easy, but it shouldn’t be taking a toll on you or your health and well-being. If you find yourself feeling too overwhelmed, take a step back. You don’t have to quit blogging all together, just put it on the back burner a little and get to it when you have the chance. It is okay to not post often when you are focusing on yourself:)