It definitely isn’t a rare subject anymore lately. More and more, people have been talking about how they’re experiencing the pressure of blogging. We all know it isn’t only the outside pressure, but mainly the pressure we put on ourselves. After all, it is we who want to be better, to prove we’re improving and we want to see it in any way possible too.
It’s easy to say blogging should be fun – I admit, I’ve said it a million times myself on multiple occasions and I’ll probably keep repeating it but it’s simply what we need to hear once in a while. Our blog isn’t – at least for most of us – our daily job; it’s a hobby. It’s a way to share what we’re passionate about. It doesn’t matter whether that’s books, traveling, fashion, lifestyle or something else. It simply doesn’t. The pressure gets to all of us at some point and… It’s hard to admit but after ten months it’s finally doing me in as well.
It’s been coming for a while. After being at home for a week and a half in March because I wasn’t feeling all too great, I decided to start fresh. I’ve been picking up things again, slowly making my way back to reading, focusing on my own life outside of books. My blog ended up being the last piece of the puzzle left to pick up.
Looking at my blogging schedule and seeing there is nothing, absolutely nothing planned or drafted – except for a couple of reviews and TTT’s by now – makes me want to hide under my blanket. I hate this feeling of “having” to write posts because my blog will end up being a dead place otherwise. The fact I’ve been posting every single day for months now doesn’t really help either. I know I don’t have to post every day, but it’s become this habit I can’t seem to shake. But I have to.
So I’m making a decision. One I’m officially posting on my blog so you all know it and it’ll serve as a constant reminder for me as well: I won’t be posting every day anymore. Not consciously at least. I’m simply going to create posts whenever I feel like it and post them when I feel good about them.
That sounds as if I’ve been forcing myself to post every day, right? But I haven’t! It just ended up being that way and it makes me feel as if I should keep it up..
I know deciding this will backfire on my stats – oh, the horror – and that will show some more when I’m requesting books on NetGalley – which I seriously should not be doing any time soon but we all know how that goes – but it is a sacrifice I’m definitely willing to make. After all, the stats don’t matter all that much; it’s the fun and pleasure of blogging that matters.
On the upside, this decision has given me motivation to think about the future and the changes I want to make to Books & Munches. You may have noticed that the ads are finally gone, I’ve added a ko-fi-button and some other small things have changed in my sidebar. That’s just the first step.
I want to give my blog a complete make-over. I want a new set-up for my reviews and other regular posts. I want to introduce a new feature. All those are ideas, plans and thoughts I’ve come up with during my time “off” and it makes me want to focus on my blog again. The thought right now is to achieve all this before my one year blogiversary, which is in June. It’s not that far off, but I’ll see how it goes. Not pressuring myself is key.
The first thing I’ll be focusing on right now, though, is this tiny giveaway I have planned since my blog is nearing a huge milestone and I can’t not share my happiness with every single one of you when it comes to that. As it comes closer, I notice I’m getting even more enthusiastic about changing everything up. Being reminded of all the people I share this passion, this blog with is just the thing I need!