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I’ve been blogging for almost three months and I absolutely love it. I get to research about topics I didn’t understand and learn so many new things.
So, don’t let the title mislead you.
I love blogging – similar to how I love writing.
Check out WattPad or Dreame for more of my stories!
So, I found a new outlet – which was blogging.
Blogging is fun, however, there are negative sides to the blogging world.
1. Constant Screen Time
Unlike WattPad and Dreame where I can write on my phone, I have to be on my laptop to write my blog pages. I don’t understand why it’s just something I have to do.
Similar to how my boyfriend enjoys peeling off the stickers from Starbucks cups – I still don’t understand why.
I estimate that I spend at least 5-6 hours working on my blog on a good day. This is when I’m not burning out from my job – I work for nearly twelve hours a day.
Let me give you a sneak peek of my Monday-Friday schedule:
7:00 am – Wake up
7:7:45 am Go to work
4:00 pm – Finish the first job
4:01 pm – Go to the second job
7:00 pm – Finish the second job
7:15 pm – Go to Gym
8:30 – Go Home
8:45 – Blog or write stories until I crash
ConcernReader: “When do you eat?”
HungryGal: “Whenever I can”
StillConcernReader: “Do you nap?”
StillHungryGal: “Yeah I, do!”
This scheduling doesn’t include the time I invested in replying emails from the workplace, establishing contracts, or paying bills.
Set intentional breaks during screening time, where I would do activities that don’t involve anything that’s online. I started doing Yoga and reading again.
This next method is more for the weekend since, by the time I’m home from work, it’s pitched black and I don’t live in the
2. Staying Up Late
I’m guilty of being the type of person to finish what they started. I don’t care if I have to stay up for nights – I strive to get it done even if it meant sacrificing my social life. It’s not that I have much of that anyways.
This one was a hard one, but I set my alarm 15 minutes before I have to sleep. I don’t care what I was doing – I drop it all.
It’s not a secret that I have depression, but reading how other blogs are more successful than mine really hit the target. I feel the same thing whenever I looked at the number of potatoes – this is what I call my followers – on WattPad.
It gets kind of toxic.
I have to constantly remind myself that their blog is years ahead of mine – similar to my wattpad account.
I’ve met with bloggers who get hurt by the matter more than me, but it’s probably because I had some history with lack of followers. Seeing my wattpad account growing to remind me that eventually, my blog will grow too.
Everything takes time.
There is no such thing as an instant result.
I would limit the amount of time I spend on social media. I decided to check my social media only once in the morning and at night – setting it to only 30 minutes.
I would also deny any notification from my social media apps to go straight to my phone – out of sight, out of mind.
Another habit I established was to limit the time I spend reading other blogs. I love reading other people blogs to see what they have to say, but sometimes I got to take a step back, and remind myself I don’t need to know everything.
Setting up a monthly income report helps me compare myself to…myself. I can go back to the previous month and understand what I’m lacking instead of wondering why other bloggers are more successful.
I decided to celebrate tiny successes instead of long-term goals. For example, when I reached over 200 visitors in November compared to 50 in October – I went out for pizza. It was a good super meaty pizza.
4.Obsession with Stats
Previously, I am constantly checking and refreshing Google Analytics to see how many visitors I had – or page views.
I check only once or twice a month when I’m writing my income report.
5. Thinking About Blog
So, the other day I had a dream about me working on my blog.
That’s extremely unhealthy.
I decided to stop blogging at least an hour before I go to sleep and read a book instead. Honestly, I don’t know how else to solve this issue. Earlier I said to read a physical book, sometimes I read e-books.
Change things up once in a while.
Nowadays, I decided to spend 2 hours per day on my blog and 2-4 hours per day on weekends which makes a total of 16-18 hours a week – a part-time job. It’s hard because there are days when I don’t want to blog at all and days where all I want to do was blog.
However, keep in mind that staying on schedule will keep you from burning out. I understand that blogging 16-18 hours a week won’t allow me to become a big money making blogger, but it does keep me from not blogger at all. I rather blog then hate it, because I truly adore blogging.
Keep blogging everyone!