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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!