Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Reflecting At Christmas Time



I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for my blog post today. I really have been loving blogging through December, everybody seems to be so happy and kicking out some amazing blog posts. I will be gutted when the new years rolls by. This year, I did want to take part in Blogmas and write and upload a new post every single day, but I just didn't know if I would have the time for it. I used to blog everyday last year and I loved the challenge of it and I was so proud to see the finished product. I have to admit that I am much happier now with a much easier and manageable work load, but I do miss it from time to time.
I do miss it though, the pressure and the deadlines of having the blog every single day. I am a sucker for punishment and I just loved the challenge of it all. I think I maintained it for about a year, daily blogging. But then I just took a step back and looked at my life and I realised that I was too busy for it. I work a full-time job in marketing which is really taxing and needs hell of a lot of my attention, not to mention that I have a young puppy and a blog which I was posting on every day.
I realised that I needed to make a change, so I cut my blogging down. It was something that I needed to do for me. I can remember lying in bed on a Sunday night and I would just be knackered because I hadn’t stopped all weekend. I was even waking up at 6am some mornings to get a head start and it was ridiculous.

Even though I am incredibly overwhelmed by the number of people that take time out of their lives to read my blog, this isn’t something that will pay my mortgage, but my full-time job is. So, that is what I need to focus on and push all of my efforts to. I got to a point where I just wanted to stop blogging altogether. I didn’t want to do it anymore, I wanted to act my age and have fun and not have to worry about my blog.
In the end, I queued my posts for a couple of months and just thought about what I wanted to do. I was very close to deleting everything, but I have worked so hard on this blog, I couldn’t just bring myself to delete it just like that. So, I decided just to strip it right back.
I scrapped my blogging schedule and started from scratch. Then the things I put back into it were things that I really loved and was passionate about. I decided that when I started back I would just blog every other day, which I know to some is still hell of a lot of blogging, but to me that was literally half the work, so that to me was ideal and hell of a lot more manageable.
I did delete my social media accounts though and for me it was one of the best things I have done. If I ever had any spare time before I would use it on social media, sending tweets and posting on Instagram and it was just too much. It is without a doubt a good marketing tool, but it just isn’t realistic for me to do alongside everything else.
I am just enjoying the whole blogging process so much more now and it has really made me appreciate how far my blog has come since I first started. It is now a steady amount of income for me, nothing that will make me a millionaire, but it is a bonus for me and it helps with the costs of maintaining and buying new products for my blog.
Also, the amount of engagement on my blog has gone up massively which I love. I love getting to know people more and discovering new blogs and getting to find out about people. It is just such a good feeling when you write a post and upload it and people actually reach out to you to let you know that they like what they are reading. It just makes it all worth it.
Blogging so far for me has been such a rollercoaster, but it is something that I love now even more than I ever did when I started. I can’t see me wanting to stop doing my blog. I can see it being something that carries on and just adapts as I get older. I am just really excited to see what is to come!
I have just come over feeling really happy and excited about my blog and what is in store for it and I just wanted to thank you guys for actually making an effort and reading what little old me has to say!
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  1. Great post Danielle, I felt like that over the past few months as well. I couldn't find the time to create content, things were just getting out of hand and I felt like I should just stop it and grow up. But I do love it, thank you for sharing xxx

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    1. Thank you for reading and understanding, it can be hard to try and find the right balance!

      Danielle xx

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  2. Great post!! This is honestly one of my biggest struggles. I have a well paid full time job I love and I have my blog that I love. Its so hard to choose between the two and it takes up a lot of time!
    xx Leah

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    1. It really does take up a lot of time, plus it can be hard when the people closest to me don't really see how long everything takes behind the scenes. It is nice to know that I'm not the only one who finds it hard!

      Danielle xx

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