10 Things That Steals The Joy Out Of Blogging

Most personal bloggers start out having fun in the early stages of their blog.

Unfortunately, as time passes, some of those personal bloggers begin to view blogging as less fun.

What was it that caused one’s fun for blogging to dissipate?

Well, in all honesty, the reasons are numerous (But I am going to share the main ones with you).

So, without further ado, it is time to highlight those fun-sucking vampires.

1.) Forcing Yourself To Create Content For Your Blog

Realistically speaking, things seldom turn out the way that you want them to when they are forced.

In most instances, our mind and our body put up a protest whenever we try to force it to do something.

So, we might as well put force out of the equation.

However, it would be more fun to convince ourselves to put a blog post together.

Now, as crazy as this may sound, it really works.

Why does it work?

It works because we are more open-minded to the concept of convincing ourselves to do something; whereas forcing ourselves to do something feels burdensome.

Besides a blog post is not going to come into fruition without truly convincing ourselves to create it.

One thing that all bloggers can do is to get themselves into the habit of writing regularly. They can open the word processor on their computer and practice their writing skills for fifteen minutes daily (They can either save or delete what they have written when they are finished practicing).

Do keep in mind, that you will never have to force yourself to write a blog post once you have adopted the habit of writing regularly.

Why?

Because it feels natural.

And, it would be easy for you to convince yourself to write due to the fact that it has become second nature to you.

2.) Being Overly Concerned About What Other People Think About Your Blog Posts

It is no big secret, that there are bloggers who worry about what others think about their blog posts.

My advice to those people is to stop worrying and publish the types of blog posts that resonate well with them.

Always remember, that we human beings are opinionated by nature; therefore, we (as human beings) will always formulate an opinion on whatever it is that we perused.

Depending on our psychological conditioning, we may view an article that was published by someone as being:

  • Offensive
  • Delightful
  • Comforting
  • Discomforting
  • Truthful
  • Untruthful
  • Enlightening
  • Interesting

Now, those are merely some of the directions that our mind can go in whenever we read a blog post from someone (There are other ways in which we can feel and attempting to mention them all would be a futile task).

So, my friend, you really have no control over what it is that people will think about your blog posts.

Being overly concerned about what other people think about your blog posts is a waste of your energy.

I would also like to add, that worrying about what others think about our blog posts robs us of our fun.

3.) Using A Problematic WordPress App

People who utilize the WordPress app for blogging would have come to the conclusion that it is not perfect.

There are those occasions where the WordPress app would:

  • Freeze while you are composing a blog post.
  • Crash before you can get the chance to publish your blog post.
  • Be unable to upload pictures.

The above issues can be resolved by:

  • Updating the WordPress app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Uninstalling and reinstalling the WordPress app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Contacting an engineer via “Help & Support”.

If those three things prove futile, you can log in directly to your WordPress account via the web browser on your smartphone or tablet.

There is also the option of using a laptop computer or a desktop computer to access your WordPress account.

The last thing that any blogger wants is for a problematic WordPress app to steal their joy.

4.) Blogging Competitively

Yes, believe it or not, competitive blogging is actually a thing (That sort of thing usually takes place among some of the business-related bloggers).

It is a sad fact, that there are bloggers who want to outdo each other; they want to:

  • Rank higher than their competitors on Google’s search results.
  • Sell more products than their competitors.
  • Gain a higher authority than their competitors.

What is with the dog-eat-dog attitude?

The person who has the scarcity mindset does not believe that there are enough resources available to go around (Which is the reason why they fight to get their so-called fair share of the spoils).

There is no way that a person can have fun blogging if they are deeply worried about some other blogger ascending to a higher position on Google’s search results than they and being concerned about the other blogger selling way more products than they could ever sell.

5.) You Constantly Worry About Where Your Next Idea For Your Blog Post Is Going To Come From

There are countless bloggers who possess the fear of running out of ideas for their blogs.

Guess what?

It is impossible for a creative mind to run out of ideas.

My article, 10 Ways To Come Up With Topics For Your Blog, will teach you how easy it really is for a person to come up with ideas for their future blog posts.

Dear friend, the fear of running out of ideas for your blog is an irrational one (Please plant that thought into your consciousness because it is the truth).

6.) Forcing Yourself To Create Content For Your Blog When You Are Sick

It does not take a rocket scientist to tell you, “Blogging when you are sick is no fun at all. You should get some rest.”

I am one of those bloggers who are guilty of forcing themselves to blog when they are sick; I did it a few times when I had the flu and it is not fun when:

  • Your eyes are tired and itchy.
  • Your nose is runny.
  • Your body is aching.

One of the ways that I counteract that is by scheduling a blog post in advance (That way, I do not have to force myself to publish a blog post when I am sick).

Scheduling blog posts in advance is a lifesaver!

7.) Believing That You Do Not Have The Time To Create A Blog Post

A lot of bloggers have complained about not having any free time for creating content for their blog because they are tired after a hard day’s work or they have become mentally exhausted after studying arduously in school.

I will not deny the fact, that one’s place of employment or studying for a University degree can be highly demanding on one’s mental and physical endurance.

However, in spite of those things, it is possible for a blogger to find the time to create content for their blog.

For the record, I am not being ruthless, I am being factual.

From a realistic point of view, the timing is never truly perfect for creating a blog post. Like any other activity in our life (especially the ones that we wish to accomplish), we need to make it a priority; if we fail to do it, blogging will fall at the wayside.

So, how is it possible for an extremely busy person to create a blog post?

The answer is a simple one; they create it by putting it together in small chunks.

If you have three minutes to spare, you can create a few paragraphs daily for the draft-copy of your blog post.

At the end of the week, you should have a completed draft-copy.

If you wish, you can even edit your draft-copy and proofread it on a separate day.

The problem is that numerous bloggers believe that they need to blog on a daily basis (The truth is that they do not have to).

Updating your blog daily is optional; not mandatory.

Wrongfully believing that you do not have the time for creating a blog post will certainly rob you of your joy for blogging.

8.) Looking At Your WordPress Stats Every Minute

One of the positive aspects of paying close attention to your WordPress stats is that it lets you know the types of blog posts that your viewing audience likes.

The greatest downside of monitoring your WordPress stats regularly is noticing that the number of incoming views to your blog has dropped (This can be somewhat discouraging for new bloggers).

Dear friend, the truth is that the incoming traffic to your blog fluctuates; there are times when it is going to be low and there would be times when it is going to be high.

So, if your blog is new, do not look at your WordPress stats every minute because you are going to be disappointed by the results.

I highly recommend that you spend that time of yours having fun with the entire blogging process and focusing your attention on learning everything that you can about blogging.

Do not allow your dismal-looking WordPress stats to rob you of your joy for blogging.

9.) Noticing That Some Of The People That Interacted With Your Blog No Longer Interact With It

From a realistic point of view, everyone is not going to stick with you for your entire blogging journey.

Most of the people that follow our blogs are our fellow WordPress bloggers.

And, as you and I both know, some of our fellow WordPress bloggers will not support us because:

  • They have lost interest in our blog.
  • They have abandoned their blogs.
  • They are following way too many blogs; which makes it almost impossible to come across our latest blog post on their WordPress Reader.
  • They do not log in to their WordPress account as often as before.

Some bloggers may wrongly think that they have lost their blogging mojo due to the fact, that those who once interacted with their blog in the beginning no longer do.

The truth is that readers will come and go.

Some bloggers may think that they are wasting their time blogging; especially if they have noticed that only a small percentage of the huge number of their followers actually interact with their blog.

Yes, it can be a sad thing when you have two thousand followers and only three hundred of them interact with your blog.

It is as though the other one thousand and seven hundred followers are proverbial deadweights.

Oh, well. That is the way the figurative cookie crumbles in the blogosphere.

Bloggers must never let that sort of thing rob them of their joy for blogging.

They should focus on the bright side of it all; which are those people that take the time to interact with them and their blog.

10.) Feeling Hurt Whenever You Find Out That Someone Unfollowed Your Blog

There are bloggers who monitor the number of their followers closely; they become dejected whenever they discovered that they lost a follower.

Losing a follower could make a person wrongfully think that your blog posts are not good enough.

The truth is that people unfollow blogs for numerous reasons; for example:

  • They do not like it when people publish numerous blog posts daily because it fills up their WordPress Reader with blog posts from a single person.
  • They do not like the direction in which a blog went.
  • They noticed that certain bloggers have not been interacting with their blog.
  • They realized that they were following too many bloggers; as a result, they curtailed the number of bloggers that they follow.

Although it is natural to be concerned about the loss of a follower, it is a waste of your energy to dwell on it for a lengthy period.

Why?

Because dwelling on the issue is not going to help you regain that lost follower.

Final Thoughts

It is possible for any blogger to maintain their joy for blogging and as you have learned; it can be done by:

  • Not forcing themselves to blog.
  • Not being overly concerned about what other people think about their blog.
  • Not allowing a problematic WordPress app to rob them of their joy for blogging.
  • Refusing to blog competitively.
  • Not worrying about where the next idea for their blog post is going to come from.
  • Resisting the urge to blog when they are sick.
  • By discarding the belief about not having the time to create content for their blog.
  • Not looking at their WordPress stats every minute.
  • Not becoming dejected whenever they have noticed that some of the people who interacted with their blog, in the beginning, are no longer interacting with their blog.
  • Not allowing themselves to feel hurt whenever they discovered that someone unfollowed their blog.

Do you want to be a joyful blogger?

Or, do you want to be the type of blogger who worries a lot?

Your perspective on those so-called blogging issues can bring you joy or mental distress.

So, choose wisely, my friend.

68 thoughts on “10 Things That Steals The Joy Out Of Blogging

  1. Wauw, I agree with all of the points! But I particularly like the 15′ writing time, not blogging when you’re ill (or less) and don’t be sad when someone doesn’t interact as much as they used to do. Such a good post!

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  2. All valid points made, Renard. For a personal blogger, blogging should be fun and reflect the blogger’s creativity and personality. A business blog is just that and should focus on its operations or products. To worry about stats and what other people think takes the joy out of it, as you mentioned.

    Followers, well this has been discussed before by others. Bloggers come and go, as we know, with some losing interest or had to stop due to a life event. We can’t let the number of followers dictate our blogging enjoyment.

    Excellent post, Renard!

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  3. Right on every point, Renard. I’ve always told myself that I would stop blogging whenever it stopped being fun. There have been times when I’ve been in a slump and took a short break, but I always come back (for which my readers seem to be grateful, judging by their comments). I had to laugh at your advice not to constantly look at the statistics. When I first started out, I was obsessed with them – like many others, I even wrote a post or two about statistics; now I don’t look at them at all except to occasionally see how many followers I have on a particular day, and sometimes to see what countries those followers are in. Since I’m not a competitive blogger, I’m content.

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  4. I’ve been a personal/just for fun blogger for 15 years and the only thing that I ever worried about was that certain people would find my blog and use it to harass me, which they did, so I have switched platforms over the years. Other than that, I just go whistling along wherever, whenever, however. I do enjoy your posts even if they don’t apply to me, always something to learn or think about.

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    1. 🙂 Wow! You have devoted fifteen years to blogging (I am deeply impressed)!

      I have only been around in the blogosphere for eleven years.

      By the way, I am sorry to learn that you were harassed by others.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Grace.

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    2. Ive been down that road, i ended one blog i did in the past and a youtube page i had to showcase short films. One guy who i knew from college harassed/stalked me for 10 years :/

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  5. I agree with a lot of these. I also think the cost of blogging can be apart of taking away the joy. I know you get back what you put in, but so many of the best resources cost a lot. I’m currently working on setting up email marketing, and the money aspect still blows my mind. Thanks for sharing this post!

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  6. The schedule function became my saving grace. Some days I am far more creative than others and I will be creating a lot in one day but then schedule for a week. I also utilize certain days for certain posts.

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  7. As a relative newbie to blogging, and the reason I began, was more for my own welfare and just to share. If people find it interesting and keep checking in I am delighted. I actually find the days when I don’t blog are just because life has been busy as I have had to go all day. I enjoyed reading this interesting stuff. You cant as a blogger please or be liked by everyone who reads anything you write. I love connecting and responding. When I can.

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  8. Valid points. Sometimes I am worried about how people will judge my post. Whether I should write on this topic or not. I also check my stats frequently. I need to stop me from doing these things. Thanks for sharing 🙏🏻🙏🏻.

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