Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, creativity, and comparisons. About the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of blogging. And about becoming a better blogger.
I’m not the only one thinking about what it means to be a blogger. Just last Friday, Victoria wrote about the “faux reality of social media” on SFGirlByBay, a topic that more and more people are daring to discuss. I always appreciate when bloggers with seemingly perfect lives are willing to reveal the cracks beneath the surfaces of their impeccably styled facades.
Blogging is hard. It’s hard when it’s a hobby you try to fit in between work and family obligations, and it’s hard when it’s a job you try juggle alongside other responsibilities. Besides requiring a lengthy time commitment, blogging can be creatively and emotional draining. There’s a constant pressure to come up with engaging yet unique content on a daily basis that will entice your readers to keep coming back for more.
Then there’s the (often unspoken) competitive aspect of blogging — Why is this person getting more comments than I am? Where does she come up with all of her great ideas? Is her family really happier than mine? How does she eat so much yet stay so skinny? — More power to you if you know how to avoid these types of comparisons. I sure don’t. The truth is, I get jealous. A lot.
I could go on and on, but instead I’d like to share some interesting posts I’ve recently read covering these topics (and more). These writers do a better job articulating some of the feelings and frustrations I have about blogging, as well as offer some advice and solutions.
On online burnout…
“I can watch for the cues: Oh, I’m not feeling like I’m enough? Or I don’t have enough things? I’m not doing enough? Time to get offline. Go outside. Hang out with friends. Make things. Cook. Read a book. Regenerate. Time to stop and smell those proverbial roses.”
“There’s an abundance. A massive amount of opportunity. There’s a big enough pie that we’re not even competing for slices. Collaboration is the name of the game.”
“Psychologists assert that procrastinators actually sabotage themselves. They put obstacles in their own path. They actually choose paths that hurt their performance, and avoid success in life. It represents a profound problem of self-regulation.”
“But one thing I can’t help but notice in blogger-watching (including observing myself) is some of the not-so-subtle shifts that come as time rolls on. The wonder and gratitude and enthusiasm that we had as beginning bloggers has the potential to slowly give way to a sense of dissatisfaction, hurt feelings, and discouragement.”
“And then on some days, I feel like I have nothing to offer, like I must be the only one who isn’t a graphic designer and hasn’t yet managed to display her entire darling life online with lots of chevron and mint accents. I feel so certain that my life is a lot less darling than other peoples’ lives.”
“The theory boils down to the fact that we can’t increase the hours in the day, but we can increase the energy with which we make the most of those hours. Taking short, scheduled breaks throughout the day rejuvenates and restores us physically and mentally, helping us plow through those assignments and to-do lists in a third of the time.”
Do you have any thoughts to share on blogging, creativity, or comparisons? Have any posts on social media struck a chord with you lately?