On blogging, pressure, and other struggles of being a book blogger

Good morning, good afternoon, or goodnight, friends! I hope you had a great week. Today is Sunday, and, as always, it’s discussion post day? I already have a lot of things I wanted to talk about, but, TO HELL with this. This wasn’t what I originally planned to talk about, but with how I’ve been feeling lately, I’m guessing that post is in order. I’d love to know your thoughts about this subject, too.ย 

A few weeks ago, I talked about the awesomeness of Book blogging, and all the perks that comes with it. I can say, that I’m really, really happy, and over the moon almost every day, when I get comment, when I get to read what other bloggers are thinking about, when I just, feel part of a community. This is one of the best things in the world.

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But blogging is a job, no matter what people can say, it is. It’s time consuming, it takes me whole days to plan out blog posts for a week -maybe because I am a perfectionnist, maybe because I am slightly crazy, or all of the above, who knows? Blogging is a job, blogging is a hobby, blogging doesn’t get paid -well, I don’t, even if I’d love to. I’m going to say an ugly word there. Blogging is a chore, at times. There are days when I get sick of it, and it makes me sad. I get sick of writing blog posts and consuming my days like this.

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A lot of people, me included, are saying that stats don’tย matter that much. THEY don’t, it’s true, BUT when there are days I see that I almost got no visitors, or no comments, I feel like no one wants to hear what I have to say, and/or people aren’t that interested anymore… The pressure to produce new content every day, to keep people coming and going, just to, DO GOOD, is real. I think this ought to happen to everyone, at times, whether you’ve been blogging for a few weeks, months, or even years. Stats certainly doesn’t matter, but WHO can say that it doesn’t truly makes them happy to see their little corner of the internet being visited? I sincerely can’t, visits are making me happy. Comments are making me even happier. Obviously, there are on and off days, and off days are sometimes making me feel down.

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There are days when I think back about the time I had NOTHING to do. This doesn’t happen anymore. I always get busy, and there are always new things to do when you’re a book blogger. EVEN if you’re not getting paid for it. There are thousand of book bloggers out there, thousand of books to discover, of blogs to visit, of blog posts and discussions to think about. I think there are days where that frenzy just gets close, very CLOSE to a burn-out. Is a break in order? Or is this just a way for our brains to tell us: relax, this is, after all, JUST blogging, and you’re doing this because YOU LOVE IT? I guess so, I don’t know. All I know is, some days, we need to listen. Blogging is a struggle, at times. Juggling between life, responsibilities, trying to adult even when you don’t want to, AND blogging at a normal pace… it’s hard. It’s complicated. It takes time, commitment, and there are days where there isn’t time, except if you’re willing to cut off some sleep. Blogging must, before everything, remain a HOBBY. I said that ugly word before, and now, I’m swearing not to say it even again, or even think it. Okay, one last time. Blogging SHOULD NOT be a chore. Struggles are real. But so is the book blogging community, and the happiness that comes with it. Take a break, if you need to. But enjoy it. Embrace it. JUST BOOK BLOG THE HELL OUT OF IT.

What are some struggles you already encountered as a book blogger? Do you feel, at times, pressured to write blog posts, reviews, etc? Let’s chat in comments!ย ๐Ÿ’ฌ

This post was your weekly reminder that, if you’re there, it’s because you love it. Don’t ever stop loving books, book blogging, and this whole journey, it’sย filled with love.

Yes. I am a marshmallow.

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98 thoughts on “On blogging, pressure, and other struggles of being a book blogger

  1. I LOVE this post โค it is a great reminder to take a breather some times.
    What if I told you I was planning to write on the same subject in the upcoming weeks? Marie, GET OUT OF MY HEAD ! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. I completely agree with your post! I consider blogging like an internship: you don’t get paid for it, yet it’s like a job. And yes, like you said, stats shouldn’t matter but it’s sad how much I base my blog worth on them. Whenever I’d post and I wouldn’t get any notifications about it, I’d almost feel like deleting the post and posting it later. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, so now I’m commenting on other people’s posts, liking, following, etc. because I know it probably makes their day like it makes mine. Great post, Marie! (:

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    1. Exactly! It’s hard not to feel down some days, when you see that something you worked hard on isn’t getting much comments or visits, but I’m really trying to think that, in the end what matters, is that you’re doing this for you. You’re writing to remember things, to talk about things that matter to you, and that’s important too. And yes, commenting on other people’s blogs and talking is a great way of making friends and making people happy. In the end, that’s really what makes me happy, too ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much! โค

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  3. Ahh Marie, I completely agree! You really treat blogging like a job – you’re super dedicated to it! And since you treat it like a job… you should be given job benefits too – such as taking a break once in a while!
    For me, the biggest struggle is keeping up with everything on my blog, as well as going to other peoples’ blogs, catching up with them. It’s so enjoyable, definitely, but at the same time, so hard, because you are trying so hard to keep up with them, and sometimes you’re just busy. And you can’t keep up with ten thousand other bloggers at the same time. It’s hard…but I think part of the fun for me, is seeing how I can juggle everything around. I’m a weird masochist omg – but it honestly makes me feel so good at the end of the day, when I realise I’ve done so much, and still managed my own life, if that makes sense? Other days, its a bit more depressing….but I usually forget about those days heheh xD

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    1. Ahah yes, you’re right, I really love it and when life and other responsibilities are annoying, I know I can turn to blogging, too, so… but breaks are in order some times, too, indeed. I really should remind myself that from time to time…
      OH YES, ahah that’s really a struggle. There are so many blogs to keep up with, and it’s hard, I’m one of these people wanting to answer to everyone and everything, and it can get overwhelming at times. But YES, oh yes ahah, I congratulate myself when I manage do to everything, I feel like a superhero, haha ๐Ÿ˜›
      Let’s just focus on the good, then, and making people happy ๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. You make some great points there. I don’t think I’ve gotten to the point where it feels like a chore yet because I take a very relaxed approach to blogging. But sometimes I get very busy and am unable to blog and then the stats drop and that negatively affects my mood though I wish it didn’t.
    As for worries, I sometimes wonder if I should post what viewers what to see and conduct polls and such things as other bloggers do. On some blogging advice sites, they advise doing that to cater to viewers but though I care about viewers, I prefer to post what I want to post and cater to viewers who are interested in such things. I just think if I focus too much on viewership, I’ll lose interest in this hobby.

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    1. Thank you so much! You’re so right in being relaxed with all of this, it’s what’s blogging is all about, after all, just doing this as a hobby and having fun!
      You’re right, there are so many different advices to get more views, but what’s the point if you’re not writing what you like? I really prefer doing it my own way, and this way, to be sure I’ll still love it and not get sick of it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much! โค

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  5. This is such a great post Marie, and all of it is so true as well because I do feel like this some days. Blogging is definitely a job; there’s so much more to it than just writing and posting on your own blog, and it can become too time consuming at times.
    There haven’t been any times when I’ve felt like I haven’t want to blog, not yet anyways, I do tend to put things off sometimes but that’s more because I’m a terrible procrastinator than anything else ๐Ÿ˜€
    I don’t ever want to stop blogging because it’s so much fun in spite of all the work; I love posting reviews, I love talking to everyone and I love seeing the posts everyone else puts up!

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    1. Ahah oh yes, procrastination is the worst, and when it comes to blogging, I feel guilty, but there are times when , well, I just don’t want to do anything at all, haha.
      I feel grateful and happy for that as well. Even if there are days when it’s tiring, I really love posting reviews and writing them, bookish discussion, talking and sharing with people about books, that’s so awesome as well. โค
      Thank you so, so much, Beth! โค

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      1. I have always procrastinated and I always feel guilty. I just seem to have small bursts of motivation and then the rest of the time I’m just, ‘I’ll get around to this later’. So I totally get the feeling there as well ๐Ÿ™‚
        I know right, seeing all the different reviews and all the comments people post on my own posts but also replies to comments I post just make everything 10 times worthwhile.
        That’s all right โค๏ธ everyone has different experiences blogging but there are definitely things that everyone experiences, and that everyone worries about!

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      2. Well, at least you feel some motivation, and that’s awesome, it’s the best feeling. As long as you have motivation, you can procrastinate as well ๐Ÿ˜›
        Exactly, and I’m really glad to hear that I’m not alone in this, I felt nervous about writing down this post, but I’m glad other people can relate to these struggles as well, and it feels great to talk about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you โค

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      3. Honestly the fact that I am this motivated on my blog is a miracle, granted I could be more but baby steps to start off with I guess ๐Ÿ˜€ at the moment it’s a healthy balance of motivation and procrastination.
        Oh I think it’s possible every blogger, no matter how long they’ve been posting, have felt some, if not all of these at one point or another. I know I definitely have! And yeah it’s great to talk about it ๐Ÿ˜€

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      4. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break as well, clear your head a little and focus on something else so it doesn’t become overwhelming or a chore or anything. If you have to force yourself to blog and write reviews and comment then you definitely need to take a step back in my opinion.

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      5. You’re right about this. This happens to me from time to time, thankfully it lasts a day or two so far, but writing just feels like a chore and I don’t want to do it anymore. Taking a step back, looking at others’ blogs and trying to think about something else than the pressure to produce content, really is relieving for a while.

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      6. Oh yeah it never lasts long. Honestly it’s when I’ve had a busy/stressful day at work. I come home, normally late, and just want to read or watch TV or do something where I don’t have to think. The next day I’m back to normal and ready to write, post and comment again.

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      7. Oh I’m always checking out what other people have posted! If only so I can add some more books to my to-read list ๐Ÿ˜€ I guess some days I just get sick of staring at a computer, so instead I stare at a book or my TV, completely reboots my brain and I’m ready to blog again the next day!

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      8. I already have bad eyesight, the amount of time I spend looking at screens can’t be good for me! Oh well, I’m not planning to go a week without computers or anything ๐Ÿ™‚
        I do try and refocus sometimes, just take a morning or afternoon away from WordPress and everything else online!

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      9. I’d like to think that the amount of time we both spend on the computer our eyesight must have adjusted to it slightly (pretty much all my jobs over the last five years have involved a lot of computer use).
        Oh I’d never be able to spend too long away from WordPress, honestly I’m on the site at least once a day, if I’m not posting I’m reading other people’s reviews and posts!

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  6. This post is brilliant!

    “BUT when there are days I see that I almost got no visitors, or no comments, I feel like no one wants to hear what I have to say, and/or people arenโ€™t that interested anymoreโ€ฆ”

    I’m so glad you said this! I’ve been blogging for almost two years now, but only just started reaching out to the wider blogging community to make friends. My stats are starting to rise, and I can easily see myself falling into the pit of “WHY DIDN’T I HAVE VISITORS ON TUESDAY I SUCK AT BLOGGING.” If popular, established blogs like yours sometimes have a day with no or only a couple visitors, then I’ll feel like less of a failure when my obscure blog has slow days. Thank you so much for that bit of insight and comfort! It’s really appreciated. =)

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    1. First of all, THANK YOU, really, huge thank you for your wonderfully sweet comment, and it really warms my heart that you want to think of my blog as a “popular and established blog”, it is way too sweet of you โค I'm really glad to see that you could relate to this as well, blogging sometimes can be a struggle, and we can feel like we suck more than once, but we should be reminded every day that it's not the case, we are great because we do what we LOVE ๐Ÿ˜€ And you are not a failure at all, you're blogging like crazy and enjoying it, so you're part of the most successful bloggers out there! โค
      Thank YOU so much once again for your sweet comment, I'm glad you could relate! โค

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  7. Thank you for writing this post! You’ve just voiced a lot of what I feel about blogging…and shockingly I’d just started not long! I agree, while stats doesn’t really matter…sometimes it does get a little depressing to see no one read the posts you put so much effort in writing. At times, I get zero reads to some of my posts and it can be quite demotivating. Although, I feel comments really is better than likes, and I think I get more “unviewed” likes (I don’t even know how I get these “likes” when no one has viewed the post) and less comments.

    Blogging does feel like a job somedays, especially when I work an already regulated and scheduled job during the day. It’s hard to find time for my hobbies, reading, and now blogging at times I wonder why I continue. But somehow despite how I feel I keep trying, and keep writing, and keep blogging…

    Thank you for writing this post and giving some of us an outlet to discuss how we have the same issues and worries about blogging!

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    1. Aww you’re so welcome, thank you for taking the time to read this post leaving such a thoughtful comment! โค You're right, I feel down when I don't get as much visits as I would like to, but I think that what matters the most isn't the number, but the quality. There are days when we need to be reminded of that. Comments are better than a billion views ๐Ÿ™‚
      And I think that if, despite your responsibilities and other activities, you want to keep on blogging, it's because you love it! You shouldn't give up, then, write, blog as you want, and just LOVE every single day of it ๐Ÿ™‚ โค
      You're so welcome, once again, thank you, you are so sweet โค

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      1. Yeah you’re right it’s definitely the quality! Someone once told me comments are like chocolates! Definitely outweighs views! Yeah I just need to keep reminding myself its not a job, and to take it easy when blogging. Although, I don’t really try to overly stress myself about blogging lol, if necessary I’ll just take a break ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thank you for always leaving such thoughtful comments on my posts ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. I completely agree with you – you bring up some amazinh points here! There are some days when I just don’t feel motivated to blog, and when I feel disappointed with my stats and lack of comments. These days can be so negative, so I try to take a break from blogging, by reading or watching telly. There are ups and downs, but the positive things (like lovely comments, or making friends) make up for every bad thought I may have about my blog. I know I will always love blogging! โค

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    1. Thank you so much Denise, I’m so glad you liked and could relate to this! โค You're right, when feeling negative and sad about all of this, the best thing to do is to take a step back, and remind ourselves of all the positive things that comes with blogging, such as meeting wonderful people JUST LIKE YOU โค

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  9. I Love this post ! I try to at least post every two days. But sometimes I can’t. To tired to write, or out with friends (I refuse to decline because of my blog), or stuff like that. And it’s a lot of stress. So I try to reason. It’s a hobby,like you said. But it’s work, time and energy. And I want to post on a regular basis.

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    1. Thank you so much! โค You're right, I have the same issues. I want to live outside of my blog, but sometimes I feel guilty because I feel like I should be blogging. It really is work, but we should enjoy it, and try to put less pressure on ourselves once in a while ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much!

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  10. Marie! I love your blog! I want to read what you have to say! ๐Ÿ’› I totally know what you mean though, I post so rarely nowadays because I’m working and going to school full-time and I have very little free time and I usually just don’t want to work on my computer anymore! So you’re not alone in that feeling. But the community is wonderful and I love to see all the people who love books!

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    1. Aww thank you, you really are the sweetest! โค Oh I can understand that, I'm on a computer all day and sometimes I just want to take a break, but at the same time, I don't want to let my blog alone, ahahah, it feels crazy to put it that way ? Oh yes, the community makes it all worth it โค

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  11. You lovely little marshmallow, you!
    I definitely understand where you’re coming from! It’s a good thing to keep in mind, and I’m feeling it a bit right now, since I’m doing NaNo but also trying to keep up with blogging. But at the end of the day, I still love to blog, and it’s so wonderful to have your own little place where you can talk about the things that are important to you, and then discuss those things with lovely, like-minded, non-judgy people. โค

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    1. Aww, Annika โค I am feeling it as well, except that I'm still doing my blog and not so much NaNo, ahah, but well. It's so wonderful to have this little place, and talk with wonderful people about this kind of thing. It's just awesome, and I'm so grateful! Thank you so much Annika, you're so sweet โค

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  12. This is a great post, and I totally get it, even though I’ve not been at this very long yet. In my career, self-care was a big goal for me this year, and burn out is very common in my field. I feel I need to apply this to blogging as well, because I think it’s almost as easy with what we do. Talking when no one wants to listen sucks, and it can be hard to remain motivated. I think the important thing is knowing your limits, and working within those.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you could relate. If it’s not wrong to ask, what field are you working in? Yes, I guess burn out is a common thing, and sometimes it’s hard to stop, or know when to stop, because well, when you’re working/doing something, you want to do it the best than you can. I know I’m like that, and sometimes I tend to do way too much, ahah.
      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on this, Hilary! โค

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      1. I am a music therapist. It’s one of those fields where you’re either fighting for your job because the field isn’t well known, or you’re taking on your client’s issues and pain. It’s great for helping me put my hobbies into perspective. I totally get wanting to do this the best, and just overdoing it – I’ve definitely been there.

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  13. I definitely felt pressure at the start to publish posts on a regular basis. Probably because I was new to blogging and didn’t really “get” how it worked. But things definitely got easier as I explored a little more and got a better grasp on the community. I’m lucky in the sense that I read a lot so always have new content to post and I’m able to schedule posts well in advance so that relieves a lot of pressure.

    Where I feel pressure now is to visit blogs on a regular basis. You need to comment and follow in order to get your blog out there and be a part of the community–I think at times we forget that. But with school and “adulting” and writing content for my own blog, I feel like I rarely have the time to explore other people’s great posts. I’m hoping that will change once the summer is here but who knows!

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    1. Oh yes, scheduling really is the best, it’s a life-saver really, ahah. I have to say, scheduling blog posts makes me feel accomplished, but when I don’t have a review up, I feel like I’m not reading “fast enough”, which is a stupid thought, but really can make me feel bad as well.
      Oh that I can understand, there are SO many different blogs to follow, to keep up with, and it takes HOURS to catch up every day, if you’re committed, but if you want to keep on posting on your blog, and well, living outside of it as well, it’s basically impossible. I really like to take time every day to do it, but it’s hard sometimes, and we shouldn’t force ourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me Lauren! โค โค

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  14. I feel this post so much, you’ve basically just said all the words that I would say. Blogging is definitely a drain in every aspect of life, let’s be honest but we all do it because we love it. Thank you for reminding us of that! Also, imagine being paid to blog, that would be a dream job XD

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  15. I totally know what you mean! Sometimes I which I didn’t have to write blog posts, or I write really good ones that I really like and then it seems like nobody is interested. There’s not a lot you can do about bad days except remember the good ones. But like you said, in the end it’s about you, and what you enjoy, what you think is worthwhile. I think blogging is worthwhile because it’s good for me. It makes me write a certain way for a certain audience, and think critically about what I read and how it’s written, and it makes me love books more. Wonderful post, as usual โค โค

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    1. I’m so glad you feel the same way, Shar! It’s disappointing when a post you love doesn’t get much love from others, but yes, the good days must always be on our minds when that happens. Blogging is for us, before everything, to make us happy. It makes me so happy to hear that you’re loving books even more now. I have the same feeling, and I think that, thanks to book blogging, I think and read a bit differently as well, and it’s great โค
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! โค

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  16. Oh Marie! *hugs* I know this feeling all too well in the time that I’ve been blogging (which has only been a year and a few months so far). It takes a lot of energy, and it’s time consuming. But it’s something that we are passionate about. And I say, that where it all boils down to. Once it starts to overwhelm us, I believe that we should do whatever we can to take that feeling away – even if it means stepping away from your blogging commitments for a few days. It will always be there for you and WE will always be here for you!
    I want to specifically encourage you right now actually: you and your blog are wonderful and you do an amazing job with your blog, I see it growing and improving through every single post you make. don’t be afraid to step away if it gets overwhelming – your passion is important and you don’t want to burn yourself out to the point where it no longer is a passion for you.
    Know that we love you and adore you and your posts! This was a wonderful post to share, by the way. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so much Josie for your sweet comment โค you're absolutely right, it's a passion before everything, and if it becomes too overwhelming, it's good to take a step back at times, a few days, or months, just what we need to get back or track, or not. It's really so sweet of you to say all of that, it put a smile on my face, especially since you're one of those bloggers who knew me since the beginning โค Thank you. I felt like I needed to let those things out, and I'm glad you could relate to this. It feels good to feel understood by others, and blogging definitely is exhausting, but I love every single day of it. I need to try to take some breaks too, even little ones, but well, it's hard, ahah. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so, so, so much Josie. I'm so grateful to have bloggers and friends just like you thanks to this blogging adventure โค

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  17. The pressure is def there ! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But heyy you gotta relax sometimes and Im pretty sure everyblogger would understand if you take some time off ๐Ÿ˜€ sometimes backing off and relax is goood!! And that energy will be regenerated like your love for bloggiing ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Trang

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    1. Thank you so, so much Trang for your sweet comment! โค You're right, I think it's because I'm such a perfectionnist, I really want to do EVERYTHING at times, haha, it gets overwhelming sometimes. Relaxing is good, and taking some days off and stuff is great, too, I should remember that. Thank you for the wonderful advice and comment โค

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  18. Ahhh what an amazing post! It came just the perfect time too; I just got out of my blogging slump, as you know, and this was the perfect post to simply re-appreciate all the awesome and positive parts of blogging. ๐Ÿ˜€ So thanks! It can be so difficult to handle the pressure sometimes, and all the other struggles, but at the end of the day, it’s just worth it to know there are tons of people who are your friends and who support you. And I absolutely agree! Blogging should ALWAYS remain a hobby. Never a chore, because that’s most certainly what it’s not supposed to be! โค Love this post, Marie!!

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    1. Awww thank you so, so much, you are the sweetest Analee โค I'm really glad this was useful to you, and relatable. It's so great to know there are many supportive people out there, and that blogging can be so amazing. we just need to be reminded of it, the days we feel completely overwhelmed ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you โค โค

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    1. Ahahah, oh no, not as horrible as homework, don’t feel that way! Comments are sweet cakes from heaven, and blogging is great! There are days when you might feel like this, (and you can come to me when that happens, like I said it this post, that happens to me as well, I’d be glad to offer whatever little advice I can, and support), but blogging is AMAZING. It’s so great, and we shouldn’t ever forget the fun we have ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. You’re a really nice human being Marie. Thanks for the kind words. I suppose what makes the blogging community really cool is that bloggers are totally friendly people lol and supportive as well!

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  19. PREACH, WOMAN! Blogging is super, super fun but it’s also definitely a lot of work (though it’s work I enjoy).

    I completely agree with you that the pressure to produce new content constantly is real. I feel like in this community we see a LOT of people posting every day, sometimes multiple times a day, and I can’t imagine the time and commitment it must have taken them to do that, and to do that ALL THE TIME. Many, many blogs out there do like once or twice a week, but generally not book bloggers.

    And I also agree that stats matter, although hopefully we don’t let it get to us too much! It’s soooo easy to get caught up in the numbers, though, and for me it’s really hard sometimes not to feel down when some of my posts don’t perform as well as others.

    Sorry that this is long! This was such a great post and I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one struggling and thinking this way, so thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. โค๏ธ

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    1. I can’t imagine how they do it, either. I mean, EVERY DAY? It seems impossible to keep up with, except if they don’t have other commitments, or are completely devoted to blogging. that’s quite impressive, but it does put a certain kind of pressure on us to do well. I feel the same way, it’s hard not to feel down when the stats are low, but in the end, comments and love from other bloggers makes it all worth it โค Thank you so, so much for your thoughtful comment, I'm really glad you could relate to this and that we share the same feelings about this โค

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      1. I KNOW! Maybe I’m just particularly slow but a post may take me quite a while to draft – sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there so I have to either wait it out a bit or push through the bad stuff before it flows. It’s amazing what some bloggers can do to be sure. :p

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  20. Yes! Thank you for talking about this! I feel exactly the same way sometimes. I’m working such long days now too, keeping up with my (admittedly self imposed) blogging schedule has gotten extra difficult lately. I had a nice spike in views last week (after you wrote about me. Thank you thank you thank you!), and now that everything’s going back down to normal again I feel a bit sorry for myself. One thing I’ve tried to do is to limit the amount of times that I look at my stats. Like, I try reeeaaallyy hard to only let myself do it once a week. It depends on whether I am beating myself particularly hard over something in the week though. If I’m having a bad day then I look at crappy stats just to torture myself a little more. We humans are strange beings.

    There’s this podcast I’m obsessed with called The Lively Show, and the host, Jess Lively is doing all this stuff about work and worth at the moment. She wants people to start working on detaching their self worth from their work or their blog stats or whatever. It’s hard though! She quoted Victor Frankl saying that we should always be aware of the difference between ‘being valuable in the sense of dignity and being valuable in the sense of usefulness’. Basically the idea is that we should aim for dignity because usefulness is such a fleeting thing. It’s one thing reading it and an entirely different one actually implementing it in your life, but it’s something worth thinking about.

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    1. That’s actually a great idea, we shouldn’t care too much about it, but yet we can’t stop looking at those stats. I really shouldn’t look that often, it’s really a bummer at times. And what matters the most is comments, interactions, making great friends, I think โค
      Ohh, you kind of make me want to listen to this podcast now, ahah. It's so interesting, and so true, as well, definitely something I need to think about as well. Thank you for sharing this, and your opinion! โค

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  21. OH MY WORD. This speaks to me. ON A SPIRITUAL LEVEL. I’m burning out right. Consider my flame extinguished, and you’re rightโ€”a good stats day can actually make the blogging world a little rosier. While a bad oneโ€”well. COMMENTS MATTER. They seriously do, though. While I would love to be a superwoman and just chug out blogging, I can’t. Comments matter because I care what other people have to sayโ€”and that’s the way it should be. Why shouldn’t comments matter, if not stats? Why shouldn’t we want input on our writing, on something we work hard on? Why shouldn’t we want a little reward?
    Anyways. My two cents. LOVE THIS POST!

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    1. Oh yes, wouldn’t we all love to be SUPERWOMAN ahah, I know I would. but I guess we can’t do it all, and we should, even if sometimes we don’t want to, prioritize real life and obligations before blogging. We shouldn’t let stats get us down, because indeed commentsmatter way more. But yes , you’re right. If we care about comments, why not care about stats? We shouldn’t hide the fact that stats matter to us as well, even if it shouldn’t become an obsession, they do matter. Because we feel heard by more people when we get visitors. In the end though, the thing I want to remember is that there might be bad and good days, but we do this because we LOVE it, and we shouldn’t stop just because of some stats. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you SO MUCH Becca for sharing your wisdom, ahah, seriously you’re so right with this comment โค

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  22. I totally think blogging has its ups and downs and goods and bads. *nods* But I actually don’t think it HAS to remain a hobby if you don’t want it too!? Like, I mean, we aren’t getting paid, but if it makes us happy to treat it like a job, or maybe to make money out of it through different venues, then I say go for it! I treat my blog a bit like a job. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it’s a job I LOVE. (Although I have off days when I don’t want to touch my blog or it gets too overwhelming, or it’s just tiring.) WE ALL DO GO THERE. Luckily the goods out weighs the bads right?! AND THERE’S ALWAYS CAKE TO GET US THROUGH THE BAD TIMES. *nods*

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    1. Ahah, you’re definitely right about this, we should treat blogging just as we like it! But there’s sometimes a certain pressure that comes with it, and it’s great to remind ourselves of why we do it, whether we think of it as a job or a hobby. We do it because we LOVE IT. I love it so much, if I could get a job where I’m just blogging all day, that would be WONDERFUL. Oh yes, and as long as there’s cake to get us through the day, I’m okay.
      Thank you so much Cait! โค

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  23. We’ve talked about insecurities when it comes to our stats and lack of traffic before, I think. As for the pressure, there’s certainly some of that too. But you’re so right, the best way to enjoy blogging is to just have FUN and not worry too much. And right! Comments (making and receiving) literally give me so much life-even though I feel so guilty about not replying to them right away. And I loved that you mentioned how blogging is stressful-none of us can deny that. Even though I’m faster at making posts than I did when I originally started blogging it is still time consuming. But.. worthwhile! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, really love, LOVE this post, Marie! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. I think so as well, but I always LOVE talking with you, Summer โค It's somedays hard not to worry, and there's a lot of stress involved somedays, but comments and the sweetness of everyone really is worth it. I feel guilty as well when I don't reply right away, ahah, but we all have responsibilities besides blogging, I guess.
      THANK YOU so much Summer for your sweet words! โค

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  24. Wow. I hear ya on all of this. I just went through an *unplanned* blogging hiatus because school and life have been so crazy. I tried to come back, but I was still so exhausted that I wasn’t into it completely. NOW, I really WANT to come back, and that makes all the difference in the world. Thanks for this post!

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    1. Aww, I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this way ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t like that word either, ahah, and well, I think of blogging as being something, really particular, because it’s for fun, but it takes a load of work as well ๐Ÿ™‚ But as long as it’s something we love, yes, we need to keep going ๐Ÿ˜€

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