Is being completely blogging stress-free even possible?
Probably not. Unless you quit. (But let’s assume for now that you, hopefully, are not quitting.)
Anyways~ bloggers have so many “responsibilities”? I mean, technically you really don’t have to do much to be a blogger (except for… blog), but being a blogger usually comes with a lot of other things.
I feel like?? I talk about how hard blogging is?? in all of my posts?? BUT OKAY. IT’S HARD. AND I’M A LITTLE TANGERINE TRYING TO LIVE MY TANGERINE LIFE.
But despite all of those things that I complain about, I still blog! Because I love the blogging community! And I’m pretty sure that’s why so many other bloggers are still here, even though they (we?) hardly get compensation for all the work that’s done.
I love all of my two (2) audience members that are here!!
SMOL LIST OF BLOGGING RESPONSIBILITIES
THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER
- writing posts consistently… see, blogging is about… blogging and sharing your thoughts, but in order to gain an audience it’s important to actually do it on a schedule or in a timely fashion.*
- responding to comments… I’ve seen other people’s posts about why they follow blogs, and one of the things that they usually mention is how they interact with their followers (i.e. responding to comments). If you don’t respond to your comments, your commenters** (commentars? commentors? common doors??) won’t have much reason to comment.
- commenting on other blogs… Commenting on other people’s blogs is a great way to get your own blog traffic and to get your name out there! Usually, bloggers will comment back and if they like your blog they’ll probably follow you*** and therefore you’ll have more traffic!
*I know. This is shocking. WE CAN’T POST ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS AND HAVE A THOUSAND FOLLOWERS?
**This probably is supposed to be commentators but COMMENTATORS JUST SEEMS LIKE THE WRONG WORD FOR SOME REASON.
***You can probably also
force get them to be your friends if you’re nice to them… (literally give them mangoes food and they’ll like you!) after all, that’s how I got all of my blogging friends
I talk more about blogging responsibilities in this post! (Actually, this is from a long time ago and I was really cringy back then.)
read and comment on posts that
genuinely interest you
You don’t have to force yourself to comment on each and every post that appears in your feed. If there’s a review by a blogger that you follow that you’re not interested in reading? Maybe like it (if you want) but just move on.
“True Fans” don’t need to comment on every single post by a blogger that they like. I’ve felt really guilty about posts that I haven’t commented on by bloggers that I like, but recently I’ve been trying not to force myself to read each and every one of their posts. (Which is a thing that I would do.)
And if you haven’t been on WordPress for a long time? No, you don’t have to scroll down to the place you last were, and then comment on every post that is in your feed. (Something else that I used to do… and then fail at.)
Also, I know someone who used to be the first one to comment on every post ever and it really stressed her out and that’s not good for you.
don’t force yourself to make extremely
long comments on each post
If you are really, really excited about a post and want to make an extremely long comment to show the blogger how much you love their blog and their post and everything, feel free to!
But if you feel obligated to leave extremely long comments- you don’t need to. For a comment, just try to mention one or two things that you liked or wanted to comment on!
You don’t have to throw your undying love and devotion* at them 24/7, although I’m sure that the other person loves you also and appreciates it.
(I think we’ve already covered that commenting “Great post!!! Here’s my blog post check it out” isn’t the Model Comment.)
*Throw cakes though. I LIKE CHEESECAKE. Just saying.
make your blogging schedule fit you
There is this famous old saying: “Make your blogging schedule fit you; don’t make yourself fit your blogging schedule.”
It’s actually not famous or old.* It was made up, two seconds ago, by me. I think I stole the idea for that quote from another quote though?? But I really can’t remember??
make your blogging schedule fit you — julianna 2k18 (remember me forever)
Anyways, think about when you have time to write a post, and when you feel like you can work on your blog and everything. Then structure your posting schedule around that. If you really, really have no time at all? Maybe take a hiatus or a break, if you want to!
*I BET YOU COULDN’T TELL.
if you can, plan ahead and manage
Procrastination is the enemy of… everyone. Probably not Benjamin Franklin, though. He did all this productive stuff every day (and honestly the internet will not stop talking about it).
BUT WE ARE NOT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, ARE WE?
I procrastinate! You probably procrastinate! Everyone probably procrastinates!* It’s really hard to be productive when you know you have to, but planning ahead for blogging and writing posts ahead of time will definitely help. Obviously, this isn’t something really required because most of the time I write my posts the night before I post them. Or the day I post them.
But if you actually write a post in advance, you’ll feel so productive and so much better and you”ll have a couple of days (or longer) to relax… and possibly write another blog post.
(You don’t have to write another blog post. I wouldn’t write another blog post, I don’t know why I suggested that.)
Anyways, another note: procrastination does not mean that you’re dumb or stupid or that you don’t work as hard as other people, okay? This has been proven. Go look it up, because I saw it somewhere…
*EXCEPT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN… OBVIOUSLY.
So… these might not necessarily work or be a magic cure to your blogging stress. Everyone has unique situations. Something that might make me stressed might be perfectly normal and even fantastic for you!
These are just some suggestions on how to “improve” or change your blogging life, and I based these off of how I want to improve my own blogging life.
So is this just a goals list?? Is it?? I don’t know??
How stressed are you, blogging-wise? What do you do to help relieve stress? Do you read webcomics and which ones? Do you procrastinate? What are some tips for not procrastinating? What are you blogging life goals?