Finding Balance | A Message for Blogger Newbies

Are you a new blogger? Feeling a little overwhelmed by EVERYTHING out there to learn? Check out this post to help bring things back into perspective. resolution-365.com

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?”

Let's take a moment to remember why we started a blog in the first place, and to invest in those that inspired us to embark on our blogging adventure.

 

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.

Blogging can be stressful. I've learned it's important to make time for the things that matter most, family!

 

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.

Blogging can be stressful. I've learned it's important to make time for the things that matter most, family!

 

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!

xoxo

Abby

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20 thoughts on “Finding Balance | A Message for Blogger Newbies

  1. Im the same. I took the 3 days off of writing over the easter holiday. I get emotionally exhausted from some of my content because I’m not a “10 ways to wash your face” kind of blogger.

    But what I did recently do is take some of my old pictures on facebook of things id cooked and made and threw them into an article, tidied it up and scheduled it for when I planned to have a day off.

    Its either going to work really well that way or make my blog look like a dogs breakfast. I haven’t decided yet.

  2. Definitely agree. I started my blog as a way to get over my fear of writing – I had lots of ideas just couldn’t put them on paper. Also I was curious how people make money off of them so I needed to find out for myself. I joined every Blogging community I could find and before I knew it I was completely overwhelmed and couldn’t keep up. I work full time so my blogging is evenings and weekends. WOW – I was amazed how many people out there blog, but it has grabbed ahold of me and I am hooked. I wish there were blogs when my kids were growing up because it is definitely a great way to document their lives and the stories are fantastic keepsakes.

  3. Abby, you have to look at blogging in the long term. It can be overwhelming at times. Believe me, I know. Just set a goal to do a minimum of one good quality post per week. Of course, you can always do more. Join some blogging groups and contribute to them. The members will contribute back to you. This will help with your rankings. Install MOZ. It will help to keep you motivated as you see your ranking improve. Another good thing about groups is that you can find help if you need it.

  4. This is so true! We are new to blogging and it is so easy to get overwhelmed by everything! We have certainly felt the frustration and need to step away to regroup about why we started the blog. Glad to know we are not alone! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I enjoyed your post! I am not writing every day or for money, though it would be great if someday that worked out and I have looked up some information about it so these types of posts are very helpful. I write about being a military spouse, and process what is going on, adjustment to deployment, and other aspects on my blog. I find that when I have already processed everything and am waiting for something new, it is harder to blog…especially when I am also in full time graduate school and have jobs too! Also, your baby is adorable!! 🙂

  6. I am new at this building a blog thing and somedays I am so pumped about it and others days I am thinking oh what have I got myself into,lol. More so though it’s like information overload, for example figuring out the affiliate link stuff and how to find them.

    Looks like you’re on the right track so far 🙂

  7. Yes yes yes! I remember feeling overwhelmed with everything that goes into blogging and it still happens to me years later! You can’t let it take over your life. It will creep right up if you let it. Taking a break like you did always helps. And you are doing great by the way! I’m so impressed!

    As for the social media- have you tried something like Buffer (I love it) or Hootsuite? If you can get out in front of some of your tweets and FB posts that’s a big help! I try to get a week’s worth of content all queued up and then I just add in some live when I have time.

    1. Thanks, Christina! It is a lot of work, but I’m enjoying it 🙂 I have heard of Hootsuite but not Buffer. Sounds like you prefer Buffer- what kind of cost does it entail??

      1. Agree with Christina. I use Hootsuite and even though I don’t even use it to its full potential yet, it has changed my life (Twitter-wise). For my Facebook posts I just use the Facebook scheduler that’s built-in, because I heard that supposedly Facebook’s algorithm favors their own over outside parties, don’t know if that’s true but it’s easy and also super helpful!

        1. Thanks, Justine. Good to know. I definitely know these applications exist… I just haven’t had enough time to choose the best one. I’ll look in to these two soon so I’m not going insane trying to keep up with 4 social media platforms 🙂

  8. This was such a sweet, thoughtful post! I had no idea that most new bloggers quit after the first three months, although I’m not surprised. I’ve been blogging for 5 1/2 years now and what you said is so true, it is really thankless at first… I barely got any comments for the first two or three years.

    So glad you took some time with just your family! That’s SO important!

    1. When did things start to take a turn in a good direction for you? What do you think helped you start getting more traffic/comments/etc. Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated! 🙂

  9. This was such an amazing pick me up! I really needed this…I am at the 3 month mark and just this evening I was saying to my husband — I’m just not cut out for this blogging thing! After his wonderful encouragement and yours, I’m feeling reenergized! Thanks again!

    1. Awesome! Glad my little story was of help to you 🙂 It’s definitely a lot to try to handle and learn, but I feel confident it will be worthwhile in the end. And we are learning a ton about having grit in the meantime!

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