The 5 Worst Blogger Habits

DSC_0179.jpg

I’ve said over and over (and over) that blogging burns me OUT.  I get stressed about numbers and the types of posts I do and (not) working with brands–it’s overwhelming!  For so long, I really wanted to turn this into a career, but it’s gotten so exhausting that I finally decided to veer in the other direction: blogging for fun.  Now that I’ve taken some time to chill out, it’s got me thinking about the things that bothered me about blogging with the hopes of making it big. Here are my top five worst blogging habits!dsc_0180

dsc_0178dsc_0181dsc_0187

  1. The follow/unfollow game.  So…I have to confess that for a little while, I would go around following and unfollowing to build up my fanbase.  I stopped after a short time because I felt really crappy about it.  I mean, it’s happened to me, and it sure as hell doesn’t feel great.  On a related note, I also had an app that showed me who unfollowed me, and every time someone did, I’d get so worked up and take it way too personally.
  2. Working on the blog 24/7.  Poor Moxie.  There were so many nights when I’d come home from work and park myself at my computer to churn out a post, and Mox would just sit patiently waiting for me to play with her.  I felt bad, but I justified it by telling myself that one day I’d have more time to spend with her.
  3. Doing posts just to get attention.  You know those Ipsy bag reviews I do each month?  I kind of hate them.  They actually take up a lot of time and setup!  I would be super diligent about producing them, though, because they seemed to get a lot of traffic.  This month when I got my bag, it was really a joy to open it and know I wouldn’t have to write up this massive post about the pros and cons of each eye shadow, highlighter, and skin-firming moisturizer.
  4. Excessive self-promotion.  Don’t get me wrong–self-promotion is necessary to growing your blog.  I got a little obsessed with it, though.  Every day during my work breaks, instead of reading a book or joining a conversation with my lunch pals, I would leave comment after comment on Instagram in the hopes that I could entice more people to follow me.  (This was my strategy after I scrapped Point 1, above.)  And really, there are really only so many times I can say  “Aww so cute!” about a baby pic in the #livelaughlove hashtag.
  5. Getting jealous/envious.  There would be times…lots of times…that I would feel pretty bummed about someone else working with a particular brand or getting more followers than me.  And now and then, that “someone else” would be a friend.  That’s not right.  Now more than ever, it’s so important to root for our friends’ successes, and I want to cheer them on!

 

 

Advertisements

15 thoughts on “The 5 Worst Blogger Habits

  1. This is so refreshing to hear! I feel ya. I get anxious and overwhelmed about it too. Some days I’m like “YES I WANT TO BE THE BLOG QUEEN” and some days I’m like “eff this, i just want to hang out with my animals and be freeeeeee!”

    But anyway, I love your blog regardless of whether you’re posting for fun or for blogger boss lady reasons!

    Jamie
    http://www.sweetteasalvage.com

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Right??? It’s amazing how blogging seems to become such a huge part of our lives–so big that it gets hard to manage the rest of it! I love your blog too, and I hope you’re able to find a good balance between being a Blog Queen and a freeeeeeee lady!

      Like

  2. I think that doing what you loved and staying authentic is the only way to keep something truly sustainable. Proud of you for taking the parts that you love and working them your way while leaving the parts that leave you drained behind. Love you for you!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I loved reading this!! I 100% understand and feel you girl. I get so frustrated as well. Especially on Instagram. I put so much time and effort into outfit planning, photo shoot, editing, etc. I then get frustrated seeing lackluster posts with thousands of followers. So I totally get envious and jealous. There are so many times I question whether it’s worth it. But then something great usually happens! So I keep chugging along. It all comes in time! I love your posts on Instagram and the blog. Keep on going, girl!

    Kelli

    Like

    1. I’m so glad you liked this post and could relate to it! When I put it up, I felt like I was the only person who had these habits, but it’s good to know that we all go through the same troubles. Much love and luck to you!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Girl, yes!! I’ve never followed anyone to unfollow them (though I do tend to go on like binges in the hopes that a bunch of people will follow me), but the other stuff I totally do! I feel like I’m always working on my blog and that I’m always envious of someone’s gorgeous photos or number of comments or likes. It’s rather exhausting, which is why I only blog for fun too!
    ~Sara

    Like

  5. 100% yesss!! I relate to this post SO MUCH! I recently took a little blogging break b/c of the election and wow I forgot what my life was like without blogging! It is so hard to find that balance between working, having a social life, blogging, and everything else!
    I do really like your ipsy posts but I can totally understand how much of a bother they can be! Sometimes I would put outfits together that definitely weren’t “me” but I knew it would get likes so I kept doing it… not anymore!!! I’m also trying to make blogging fun again and not worry about making it my career right now.

    Lee – leethrifts.com

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I love the soft and dreamy mood of these photographs.
    I loved this post too! I can relate to some of it for sure. I also worry too much about how many people are going to read and like my posts, and for a while I was really stressing about doing only things that were popular, but now I have decided that I started my blog and instagram for myself, so I should do it for fun. If I’m not enjoying it, it isn’t worth it!
    I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who thinks about these things, and also glad to hear that you are finding the fun in blogging again! 🙂
    -Nicole
    The Artyologist

    Like

  7. 100% agree with everything you said. I have a rather new blog with only a few posts but I became so obsessed with what was getting views and why I wasn’t getting views, I actually got kind of bored of blogging. Which sucks because I love to write!! I hope to jump into it again soon, but it’s so nice to see that even people who are successful at blogging can get tired of it too.

    Like

  8. It takes me a while to get to people’s blogs sometimes! (For those who I have “met” on instagram, and i’ve never really been a frequenter of blogs, until i again “met” more bloggers via Instagram.). It always ends up being a pleasure! In response to this blog post: hooray for paying attention to our lives and being true and honest with ourselves! I read the other related post as well. (That book pic with your dog is so adorable! And I find your photos in general very lovely….)

    Hope you have a lovely night….

    Like

  9. First of all, your velvet dress is stunning! Also, I totally agree with every single one of your points and have experienced them all. Blogging for fun is so much more enjoyable than stressing over it and i’ve had to consciously remember that. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s