A large percentage of bloggers have adopted the habit of being hard on themselves.
And, why is it that they have chosen to be hard on themselves?
Because they subconsciously believe that they will become lazy if they approach blogging from an easy angle (It is as though they are a sucker for punishment).
In regards to blogging, I have also been hard on myself in the past (Which lead to me being somewhat moody).
From a psychological sense, if someone or something pushed you constantly (especially when you were not in the mood to be pushed), you would push back.
By the way, I am not insinuating that you should become a complete slacker where blogging is concerned; I am subtlely hinting, that you should approach blogging in a balanced manner (Besides, the last thing that you would want to become is an imbalanced human being — a person who willingly or unwillingly brought on some type of physical or psychological pain on their own self).
Dear friend, I urge you to take it easy on yourself.
And, if you still believe that you should be hard on yourself, I implore you to rethink your blogging philosophy.
1.) They Are Always Learning
Where blogging is concerned, the learning never stops (There is always something new to learn).
Blogging is always evolving; which is why:
- Some people are learning about on-page and off-page SEO (You can learn more about those two things by reading, The Difference Between On-Page and Off-Page SEO by Jonathan Stanis).
- Some people are going out of their way to learn how to write unique content.
- Some people are always figuring out ways to improve their blog.
- Some people are learning about ways to make money from blogging.
- Some people are learning how to stay relevant in their chosen niche.
- Some people are always learning about new methods to promote their blog.
The only blogger who stops learning is the one whose heart no longer beats.
So, you might as well make up your mind to engage yourself in a lifelong learning process.
It is human nature to learn and you were probably ignorant of a few aspects of blogging in the past (And, that my friend, is no reason to be hard on yourself).
A lot of people have failed to realize, that many of the erudite bloggers were once ignorant and inexperienced when they first entered into the blogosphere.
2.) They Are Human Beings
Human beings are capable of achieving great things. But unfortunately, we tend to:
- Get sick.
- Get depressed.
- Run low on energy.
Anyone who has ever experienced the things that I have mentioned above knows that they will have to take a hiatus (Which helps greatly in the area of recuperating).
Staying away from your blog for a brief period might be an extremely difficult thing for you to do. But, please make a mental note of the fact, that the human body needs rest (You cannot heal properly or perform at your best without it).
3.) Technology Has A Mind Of Its Own
Many of the electronic devices that we blog on would not last forever (It would kick the proverbial bucket at some point in time).
Recently, I had to get myself a new power adapter for my laptop computer because the old power adapter died without warning.
I could have used my smartphone to compose and publish my blog posts. But, I was deeply determined to continue the blogging process on my laptop computer.
And, I also plan on getting a new laptop computer in the near future; it would enable me to maintain my workflow the day that my old laptop computer refuses to power on.
Our electronic devices may work today and stop working tomorrow (And, bloggers need to be fully prepared for when that happens).
The unfortunate blogger will have to take an unwanted hiatus until they purchase a new electronic device to publish their content on.
I know for a fact, that the last thing that any blogger wants is a temporary setback (Especially when they are eager to share a blog post with their viewing audiences from around the world).
And, being hard on yourself when you have no electronic device to get your quota of blogging done, will only worsen the situation (Which is why you need to accept it as part of life).
4.) Not Everyone Is Into Blogging For The Long Run
Those bloggers who know that they are into blogging for the long run are the ones who blog for a living (If they do not give blogging their all, they could end up starving and homeless).
Personal bloggers (those hobbyist bloggers) are not obligated to make a lifelong blogging commitment. They publish content on their blog whenever they want to and a lot of them abandon their blogs in less than three months’ time.
It is very rare to come across a personal blogger who has been blogging for a period of five years and over.
The truth is that blogging is not for everyone (That is the bunch of people who have no intentions of learning about blogging, blogging consistently and interacting with their fellow bloggers).
People who are not truly interested in blogging should stay far away as possible from the blogosphere.
Also, it is okay to proverbially close the curtain on your blog if you no longer wish to maintain it.
No one should be forced to blog; it is something that a person should do willingly.
And, I would like to give a round of applause and a standing ovation to both the personal bloggers and the professional bloggers that chose to be into blogging for the long run.
5.) Blogging Is Supposed To Be Fun
Are you having fun with your blog?
If you answered, “Yes,” you have nothing to worry about because you will without a doubt, enjoy the entire blogging process.
And, if your answer turned out to be, “No,” you are going to fail miserably at blogging because it is not an activity that is filled with fun.
Everyone should know by now, that a fun-filled activity is much easier to engage in.
So, people who are not having the time of their life with their blog will have to change their entire mindset about blogging by finding ways to make it fun or retire from it.
I would also like to mention, that there are people who are forcing themselves to blog about things that they are not genuinely interested in (They chose a popular niche — a niche that they do not love).
Bloggers who do not love what they do are usually hard on themselves.
6.) Perfectionism Is A Myth
As bloggers, many of us go out of our way to write the perfect blog post.
Is there such a thing as the perfect blog post?
No, there is no such thing as a perfect blog post because perfectionism is a myth!
Now, that does not mean that it is okay for you to take spelling, grammar and punctuation for granted.
The most that you or I can do is to write those blog posts of ours to the best of our ability.
The problem with so-called perfectionism is that it prevents the content creator from moving forward; they will never press the publish button until they view their blog post as being perfect (And, that can lead to a severe case of procrastination).
And, even though you published a blog post that you deemed perfect, someone who is psychologically conditioned to see flaws in everything will see your blog post as being imperfect.
So, in our best interest, we might as well ignore the so-called concept of perfectionism.
So, I hope that you have learned that there is no reason for you to be hard on yourself.
And, always keep the following things in mind:
- People who are devoted to blogging are always learning something new.
- Human beings are capable of great things inspite of being at risk for getting sick, depressed or tired.
- Technology will work well for a particular time period and when those electronic devices no longer work, you will have to repair them or purchase new ones.
- All bloggers are not interested in blogging on a longterm basis.
- You should always make the blogging process a lot of fun for yourself.
- So-called perfectionism can hold you back from making progress in the area of blogging.
So, what are your views on the things that I mentioned in this blog post?
Please feel free to share your perspective via the comments section of my blog and thank you for visiting, Renard’s World.