Stop Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

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Some bloggers have made the mistake of trying to do way too much in a short space of time or of handling blogging-related tasks that they are not ready for.

Realistically speaking, a blogger can only do so much.

Now, the amount of effort that a blogger can put out in regards to blogging will, of course, vary from person to person.

Dear friend, I want you to know, that if you spread yourself too thin, you will end up:

  • Feeling irritable.
  • Becoming sick too often.
  • Unable to concentrate.
  • Becoming anxious.
  • Getting a nervous breakdown.
  • Not making quality time for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Losing the desire to create content for your blog.

As a blogger, you are responsible for your well-being.

Also, you would be way more valuable to your blogging community if you remained healthy in mind, body and spirit.

So, let us examine some of the things that can be an added burden to a blogger.

Making The Mistake Of Following Too Many Bloggers

A lot of people are already following too many bloggers (Following everyone who followed them lead them to that particular problem).

Now, are you truly capable of visiting all of the blogs of the bloggers that followed you?

If you are one of those people who happen to have a small following, your answer would be, “Yes!”

And, if you are one of those people who happen to have a large following, your answer would be, “No!”

Guess what? Some of the people who followed your blog (especially those bloggers with a large following of their own), will never visit your blog next month or anytime in the near future.

Why?

Because they themselves are following too many bloggers.

The most sensible thing to do is to follow a number of blogs that you know is feasible for you to visit and of course, those that you are genuinely interested in.

Stop the insanity of following too many bloggers!

Forcing Yourself To Post Too Often

For the record, this is not a disapproval of those bloggers that post too often, but a stern warning to those bloggers that force themselves to post too often.

Do keep in mind, that there are bloggers who are comfortable with publishing content on their blog numerous times a day.

However, if you are forcing yourself to publish content numerous times a day, you could end up burning yourself out.

As a matter of fact, you should not have the cause to force yourself to do anything; the urge must come naturally!

Are you forcing yourself to post too often?

Wanting To Slove Every Blogger’s Problem

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that you will never be in a position to solve every blogger’s problem.

Why?

Because not every blogger wants your help.

It is a known fact, that some bloggers post their problems on their blog as a way of blowing off figurative steam.

In the past, I remembered giving a young female photographer advice (It did not turn out well).

Via a WordPress blog of hers, she said that she wished that she had a DSLR camera and that she could not afford it because she needed the money to pay her tuition fees for university.

Being the kind-hearted person that I am, I told her (via the comments section of her blog), that the newer models of Samsung smartphones and iPhones had impressive cameras and that it was a cheaper option.

She accused me of being snarky.

Since then, I pick and choose whom I give advice too.

The last thing that I want is someone taking my solution to their problem out of context!

Trying To Manage More Than One Blog When You Can Only Manage One

Managing more than one blog requires lots of responsibility.

Hats off to those bloggers who manage more than one blog well.

Unfortunately, there are people who have made a huge mess by attempting to manage two blogs and more.

Logically speaking, if you are having trouble keeping one blog afloat, why start another?

Only start another blog if you are great at blogging and know for a fact, that you are in a position to dedicate your creative energies in creating content for an additional blog as well as the blog that you already have.

Are you capable of managing more than one blog?

Your Inability To Juggle Your Blog With Work Or School

It is a known fact, that a person is going to be mentally and physically exhausted after a hard day’s work or in some instances, after studying long hours in school.

If you are tired, the wise thing to do is to recuperate your energy. Do not force yourself to create a blog post in an exhausted state of mind because you will only make things worse by publishing a blog post with typographical and grammatical errors.

The best time to create content for your blog is when you are fully coherent.

For the record, it is possible for anyone with a busy lifestyle to publish high-quality content on their blog.

The so-called busiest man or woman on the planet could publish content on their blog fortnightly or monthly.

Attempting to blog daily is going to be somewhat of a difficult task for someone who works a nine to five job and the same thing applies to those people who attend school (It is not recommended due to the fact, that it requires lots of energy).

Also, a blogger who is deeply determined in keeping their blog alive will find a way of getting their quota of blogging done.

The truth is that a lot of busy people neglect their blogs because they no longer see blogging as a priority of theirs.

And, one should always remember that they can work proverbial magic (which in this case is finding the time to blog) by utilizing their time wisely.

Are you a deeply determined blogger who happens to be well-skilled in the area of time management?

Final Thoughts

Dear friend, biting off more than you can actually chew in the figurative sense, will backfire on you. Therefore, it would be a wise decision to avoid the following things:

  • Following too many blogs.
  • Forcing yourself to publish numerous blog posts on a daily basis.
  • Attempting to solve every blogger’s problem.
  • Becoming enticed by managing another blog when you know that you are only capable of managing one.
  • Attempting to blog daily after a hard day’s work or after studying long hours at school.

Do keep in mind, that you are a human being (And, human beings have limitations).

So, use your time and your energy wisely!

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95 thoughts on “Stop Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

  1. Hi, Renard. Happy Saturday. Thanks again for sharing such an interesting, wise and informed article regarding blogging. Your advice has certainly helped me along the “blogging motorway’. Have a great day. Goff

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  2. What counts as someone who follows too many followers? I follow 100+ followers right now. Is that too many? Many of them don’t post too often so it’s usually the ones who post on a daily basis that I see the most often. What would you count as your ideal cutoff for people who you follow?

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    1. I was literally asking the same thing. I follow about 600 of them! But like with Hilary, many of them don’t post often. And I hardly feel overwhelmed with the number of posts in my feed.

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        1. It’s actually not that bad! Only a portion of those 600 post on a regular basis. Some haven’t posted in months. I will say though that I’ve been getting pickier lately about who I choose to follow.

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          1. I think that it’s okay to be picky. Sometimes we feel forced to follow others who follow us. However, if their content doesn’t resonate with you for whatever reason, go and hit that unfollow button! No hurt feelings. Tbh I had to unfollow a bunch of blogs related to one particular topic that’s quite emotionally triggering for me these days. Eventually, when I’m no longer bothered by that stuff, I will refollow them. Their blogs are nice but it’s this topic in particular I cannot handle. Mental health is precious and it’s OK to be ruthless with who you choose to follow… or not follow. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’•

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    2. πŸ™‚ Hilary, I will simplify it for you. The answer you seek is in this paragraph in my blog post:

      “The most sensible thing to do is to follow a number of blogs that you know is feasible for you to visit and of course, those that you are genuinely interested in.”

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      1. Ah, thank you so much. I was looking for a specific number haha. Yes, I try to only follow blogs I am interested in. I find myself unfollowing blogs every so often but I also follow new blogs regularly. πŸ™‚

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  3. Renard, I couldn’t agree with you more. The last couple of weeks were hard on me due to a migraine. As much as I wanted to post, and read… I simply couldn’t… I couldn’t see for crying out loud. But, it really upset me in more ways than one. I kept pushing it, then made it worse.
    Only one person can handle so much. I felt so much better after reading this post. Thank you for the reassurance that I am only one person that can only do so much.

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  4. “Not making quality time for yourself and your loved ones.”
    But but but … I consider blogging my quality time. Perched over a computer keyboard, here in my little “blog bureau”, that’s my happy space.
    =^.^=

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  5. Great reminders here. I would also include that β€œmommy blogging” isn’t easy! It isn’t a 9-5 job (the pay does NOT reflect that!), more like a 24/7 job so time management is even more important. The minutes I try to catch here and there are usually not enough to write an entire blog post so carving out that time to write/blog is key. Thanks for these reminders. I enjoyed this post and last few you that you have written.

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  6. You’re so right. I can post as many post I want because I don’t have a job or a constant family commitment. Otherwise one should only set up a schedule which is doable. Great post πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  7. I used to have two blogs many years ago and discovered just what extra hard work I had given myself. But I did manage and enjoyed it,while those two blogs were going. I wouldn’t dream if two blogs now though. One is enough.

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  8. I think the most important thing to remember, Renard, is to always keep blogging fun and enjoyable. When you lose the fun and enjoyment, it’s time to change the way you blog, take a break from it or stop blogging altogether. I still come across too many bloggers who say that blogging has become a burden, makes them feel stressed or feel guilty, yet they refuse to change the way they are doing it. If we don’t want to help ourselves, then all our help can fall on deaf ears.

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    1. πŸ™‚ High, I am in full agreement with your statement.

      Bloggers must have fun with the entire blogging process because without fun, blogging would become a burdensome task.

      And, everyone should know when it is time for them to take a break.

      Thank you so kindly for sharing your insightful perspective!

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  9. Great post Renard. I’ve almost been guilty of all of these things. Sometimes I tend to follow too many blogs then finding myself weening out the ones I dont like afterwards because I’ve realised the mistake I’ve made. I’m more selective now.

    Blogging is a big commitment for sure, especially daily and it’s a good thing I love it or id never be able to do it. Literally almost all of my free time goes here 😝

    Plus those misunderstandings you’ve talked about with other bloggers. I get that. I feel people are becoming overly sensitive. I had one blogger get upset because of an image I chose last week and another just because I mentioned Hitler and Nazis while talking about a series I had watched… I’m going to right a post about it because people nitpicking is starting to bug me. I dont think everyone is like this but its unfortunately human nature to be defensive by some.

    Keep it up

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  10. Everything I needed to know and then some. I only post twice a week because I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. That was good choice #1. #2 is, I always check out someone’s blog before I follow. It’s really hard to commit to a long read blog. I’m usually good for 10 mins worth of reading, so I try to write 10 min articles give or take. If it’s going to run longer than that, I break it into parts. This is all so much fun, and it’s because of how I’m doing it right now. Thanks for all the tips and guidelines. They’ve been so helpful. πŸ™‚

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  11. Oh Dear Renard, you nailed it.

    Sometime ago, I unfollowed some blogs because I knew I couldn’t keep up with their contents.

    Visiting their sites was more of a chore. To be candid, I felt guilty for hitting the unfollow button. But it was a wise decision.

    About a posting schedule, I dropped from thrice to twice a week.

    I juggle between a job, church activities and writing.

    I would crash if I dare to blog daily. Managing my social media accounts is enough task to handle.

    I can’t afford to bite off more than I can chew, else I’ll choke.

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  12. Great advice! Honestly appreciate it all, the posting too often hit me hard as my ‘daily blog’ challenge has almost burnt me out a few times, so everything you’ve said is 100% correct!

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  13. good advice, Renard! I make mistake number 1. Maybe it’s FOMO; if I don’t follow all the blogs I’d like to, I might miss a really good post that would resonate with me.

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  14. Another quality post Renard, and one that is currently sitting in an epiphanised position in the mini series l am creating and discussing … l agree with a good portion of this, and the only bit l don’t is not specifically a disagreement more l think of a commercial aspectation in marketing difference. But we are all guilty of this in som way, at some point in our blogging journey – excellent post.

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      1. Not at all my friend, the difference of opinion is purely from a like for like attitude of ‘follows’ but l think that is because l spent a few years in the advertising business and the mindset from that area is different to the non commercial – your post was top notch quality good Sir πŸ™‚

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  15. I am guilty of following way too many blogs and my reader feed is tangled mess of blog posts but I have come up with a bit of a system to help me keep track of some blogs:
    I add blogs I follow to curated lists, a function I find handy. I have various lists from some sorted by niche others by well those bloggers I never want to miss updates from. So depending on the time and mood I simply click a list and catch up on the posts.
    ~B

    PS Oh and I am most likely to keep track of those whose names pop up on my notifications than those who clicked follow and never returned……

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      1. I picked up the idea of lists first from twitter because there I follow over 10k people cant possibly read every tweet neither do I try to.

        So I process my reader in more bite sized chunks

        ~B

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  16. This is a wonderful post. And I posted a query on twitter regarding the same. Following too many blogs, liking the post without even reading(genuinely liking it) is kind of a negative impact on the blogger. I cannot frankly read all the blog posts which I feel like I should but then blogging feels a burden.
    Thank you so much. Appreciate your posts for motivating and clearing queries. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

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