Monday, 19 June 2017

Taking A Slight Step Back




You may have already started to notice this about my blog but I have slowly but surely been decreasing the amount of work that I do here on my blog. I got to a point where I just couldn't sustain how much work I have been putting into it, as well as having my new house, my full time job, looking after a puppy and actually taking time to myself to have some kind of a life.

I still love blogging just as much as I did on the first day that I started it. My passion for it has never faltered. There has been periods where I have questioned why I break my back for it and not have any time to myself, but I still love blogging and I am so proud of where my blog is now, two years down the line.

As time goes on and I get busier in my work life and personal life I have been struggling to find the time for my blog. Writing and uploading the posts hasn't seemed to be the problem, it is just everything else that goes with it that is the extra pressure that I am struggling to cope with.

So, as I am sure some of you have noticed I have removed some of my social media outlets, because this is where I felt like my time was being sucked up. I would get in from work and upload posts on Instagram, tweet and promote my latest posts and in the end I just felt like I never had time to myself.

I know that you can queue post for social media, and I did do this for some time, but you have to be active and engage with people to stay relevant and to be honest I just have too much to do before even getting on to this. I don't know if this is a permanent break from Twitter and Instagram, but it is how things are going to be staying for a while anyway.

I just feel like I need to get my head back above water and find a new normal for me before I can agree to taking it back on.

I know that social media is a huge way to get increased growth and people onto your blog. I know that, I preach that working in marketing but I also need to do what is right for me. This way I can still post and stick to my schedule. I can still engage with people here on my blog and have time to check other peoples blogs out. Plus, more importantly I will have time to myself, which is the main reason for all of this.

I felt like when it was Sunday night and I was getting ready for work the next day that I hadn't had a weekend because I had been so busy through it all with my blog.

I don't want this post to sound like I am moaning because I think everybody knows how much I love blogging and my own blog, but I just want some time to myself. And I know that a lot of people are in my situation with hell of a lot on their plate and I really do take my hat off to them. I just want to keep this fun for me and I think this is what I need to do to keep it fun.

I am still going to be replying to posts several times a week and I will always reply to the comments and get back to your guys. I will also be more active on checking out other peoples blogs and getting to know you guys more! Plus, I am always on Pinterest and Tumblr in case you do want to see a little more of me!
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12 comments

  1. I totally get how you feel, the social media promotion is definitely the most time consuming part of blogging and I have moments where I'm really into it, and other times where I'm definitely not. I think it's a good idea to take a step back rather than trying to force things, and hopefully then you'll begin enjoy using it again :)

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. Thank you, it is nice to know that it isn't just me who has felt like this, sometimes makes me think that I am failing as a blogger!

      Danielle xx

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  2. The promotion is the part that I find most time-consuming too! It's difficult to stay on top of everything & taking care of yourself is more important than anything else! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. It can be so hard, I know it would boost the numbers if I could put more time and effort into promotion, but at what cost to me!

      Danielle xx

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  3. It's funny how much we all love blogging but blogging itself it's the smallest thing we have to do. Keep a blog is hard, take a break over here if you need to, your readers will be always here for you :)

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

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    1. That is so lovely to say, thank you!

      Danielle xx

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  4. I always admire those who can post numerous posts a week on a blog and be super present on social media. I struggled blogging while at uni and I know once I am done with uni and start working It will be difficult. I see myself posting at most 3 times a week but no more then that. When on uni break I post twice a week and during uni I post once a week. It's just so much work and I don't want the quality of my blog to decrease just to increase the quantity of posts. It's also good to take time out for yourself. I love blogging, it's this fantastic hobby and it makes me so happy working on it, it never feels like a burden so i don't want to put too many pressures on the blog because i don't ever want to turn it into a burden. Lovely post!

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Exactly, and now I have stripped mine back a little and I focus on the things that I enjoy, rather than all of the little extra parts, I am enjoying it far more!

      Danielle xx

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  5. It's so hard because sometimes other things have a higher priority to blogging, I totally get you. Plus you don't want blogging to seem like a chore, you want it to be fun! Have a well earned rest! x

    Lauren x Huggled

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    1. Thank you, I'm sure I will be back into the swing of things soon! Xx

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  6. I love blogging but it can be so consuming, sometimes it can feel like it it is taking over and it is so important to lot let it consume your life!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I guess it is all about just finding a balance, which can be so hard when you have so many ideas!

      Danielle xx

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