I've been thinking about this space a lot lately which you wouldn't think by the amount of times I've been showing up in the last few weeks. It's true the new job has limited my blogging time and I can't quite get in a groove yet.
I keep making up excuses why I'm not blogging. But the truth is, in all honesty, being a blogger is just hard. Even for a not that big or famous of one.
Here are all the reasons that have come to my mind lately that make being a blogger hard, really hard!
1 | Let's start with the most obvious of all. It takes a lot of time. Even as a blogger who isn't out their promoting every post, scheduling content and going after the big bucks, it's a time suck. Writing a post just about how your weekend was or confessing the latest random things in your life takes time. It takes extra hours in front of the computer and away from your everyday life. And that's not even counting the communication it takes to keep your community thriving! Reading and commenting and responding could be a job itself.
2 | It's not the most thrilling of hobbies. Look, I would never be bummed about spending a weekend playing volleyball, travelling or hanging out with my friends or family. But spending a weekend blogging? No, thank you. It's just not the sort of thing I want to spend all my time doing or that I'm proud to talk about with others. I mean I'm not ashamed of my blog, but it's not something I would advertise as the thing that took me away from another activity or just living life.
3 | While we're on the theme of living life, that's another thing that blogging makes hard. Why? Because every other moment there are wheels spinning in the back of my head saying "you should be taking pictures of this" or "this is so going on the blog." And you know what happens to those live-worthy moments? They are lost because I'm not truly living them or being present in the moment.
4 | Originality is a myth. I know we all want to sit here and say "ever single blogger is unique in their own way" and yes, maybe there's a tiny bit of truth to that. But I don't really feel that way. It seems when I spend time in the blog world reading or sit down to write there's a big red light flashing "It's been done!" In a world where content is king I just feel like, I especially, am lacking anything worth putting out there. Sure I love to write about myself and my dog as much or more than the next person, but that hardly keeps me coming to this space everyday. I feel like if I could make a difference and stand out maybe it would be a lot easier. But that is so very hard these days.
5 | You get very invested. I know all these previous points may make it seem otherwise, but it's true. I feel very invested in this space. The community I've built and the friends I have made are really important to me and every day I don't show up or read their pages I feel like I've dropped the ball. And I hate more than anything to feel like I'm failing in some sort of way. That's how I feel right now, like I'm not present enough for the people who deserve it because they've supported me all this time. And it's killing me.
So for all of you out there doing this thing called blogging, and rocking it, I salute you. Because it is hard. It is a challenge. And it is worth it.
Thank you for taking on this hard little hobby with me. Thank you for reading, commenting and making it something that is even harder to give up than it is to do. It's all of you that make it that way.
Now if only I could find a few more hours in the day...