I officially started my blog a month ago today- over the past 4 weeks I’ve stumbled through WordPress, Bluehost, choosing themes, site design, logos, content organization and creation, social media establishment, resource lists… the list goes on.
Maybe you’re in a similar place. And if you’re anything like me (aka, overly driven perfectionist), you recently hit a point where you began to feel exhausted and a bit overwhelmed. Maybe the thought even crossed your mind, “Is this blogging thing really worth it?”
From stats I’ve read, this is about the point that 90% of blogs find their surmise. Most people who start a blog quit in the first 3 months. There are lots of theories as to why, but the most obvious reason seems to be this: blogging in the early stages is a TREMENDOUS amount of work for very little reward. And even for those who make it past the first few months, the reality is… there is only a small sliver that actually succeed (monetarily).
Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Great Abby, thanks for these less than encouraging stats.” Well, I want you to know, I’m not going to be a quitter just because the going gets hard. And you shouldn’t be either.
As I write this post, I’m coming off a 3 day blogging sabbatical. This was HARD for me, but so worth it.
While I’m definitely learning that posting regularly and keeping up with comments and social media is important, I also now recognize how important it is to make time for the things that matter.
For me this meant a quick trip out of town with my family. No computer. No blog research. No social media. No checking affiliate accounts. Just Theron, Perrie, and me.
Part of the focus of my blog is living a healthy lifestyle. This usually manifests itself in the form of healthy food and staying active. But there’s something to be said for a healthy life balance too- and part of a healthy life balance is setting aside time to invest in those that matter most to us, our family.
My trip this past weekend helped me refocus on what is truly important in my life… and the real reason I started this blog in the first place: to make healthy changes for my family and to inspire others to make healthy changes. It just took a little step away to remember that.
To wrap up, while this post describes my personal journey, the sole purpose behind it is to uplift all weary newbie bloggers out there. If that’s you, I would encourage you to take a few days to step away from your blog. Focus on loved ones; try to remember that moment you first felt inspired to start a blog. I believe we all have something positive to contribute to this world. But the world will wait for us while we spend some time remembering and investing in what truly matters most to us.
If you’re like me, a few days is all it will take. You’ll feel renewed, refreshed, and reenergized and ready to rock.
So here’s to all my fellow newbie bloggers out there, struggling to make our marks and find blogging success. I believe in you, and look forward to walking this journey with you all by my side!
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