Blogging is great, right? Sharing your thoughts to the world, possibly inspiring others along the way, and giving people the opportunity to know more about you and your life.
Great things come with a price, and in this instance, not a financial price. Mental wellbeing teaches us that we must look after ourselves and to do what’s necessary to keep a positive mind-set, along with the personal belief of who we are, what we’re doing and what’ll happen next.
When we start blogging, we believe it’s the hobby for us. We all start for different reasons;
- We’re inspired by other bloggers
- We want an outlet to share our thoughts
- We want to meet other like-minded people
3 common reasons for bloggers, but then there’s;
- Freebies…they sound fun! How do we get them?
- I want to be famous!
- It looks easy let’s do it!
Problem…blogging takes time, a lot of time and sometimes when people realise this, that’s it! It’s over!
What that tells me is you didn’t have the RIGHT intentions in the first place. If we want to do something so bad, we’ll make it happen. It doesn’t matter how much time and energy has to go into it, if you want it, you’ll get it!
I’ve seen a few ‘new’ bloggers start their journey recently for a few to drop out within a few months. Not what you thought it was? Not getting what you want out of it?
It was a year down the line before I saw anything happen with John’s Road to Volunteering, and boy in that period of time and also after, time crept up on me. I questioned whether I had enough hours in the day to write the posts, take photographs and to promote, but what blogging teaches us is we’re a determined bunch.
So many of us have spent a considerable amount of time in chats, creating eye-catching blog layouts and are working with many people in creating content in the form of collaborations, guest blogs and as a freelance.
We dedicate so much of our lives to blogging, that when others see this, they forget about the behind the scenes part of it. The behind the scenes work to me is what scares people off and why they end up leaving the blogging world.
It’s great talking to many people and making new friends, but even that takes time and it’s that word ‘time’ that people assume with…
“It’s only a hobby. I don’t want anything out of it. I’ll make time when I have it.”
These people quit. Yes, blogging can be a hobby, but a hobby still requires time. Do you really want to see your blog staying at the same numbers despite the work you put in? OOPS! Did I say numbers? It’s a funny conversation numbers, but it is a reason why people leave. “There’s so many bloggers, so my views will grow.” NO, NO, NO! Views grow when people see your growth. They see new content that’s catching their eyes and they want more.
Bloggers always want to post more, and I do believe this is another reason. People ask how I manage to blog daily, but I make the most of my time. I’ve blogged daily whilst working full-time, which I know isn’t for everyone, but when you want to do something, but can’t, you begin to question what you’re doing.
“Is it worth it? Do I really have enough time? What could I stop doing to make more time to blog?”
That’s the one thing I want you to take out of this post….
IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, MAKE TIME FOR IT! STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!
The moment you question is the moment you’ve quit. That’s my belief anyway.