When Blogging Stops Being Fun

When Blogging Stops Being Fun

I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now and I’ve definitely had peaks and troughs. There are time when I love it. I’m in the flow and enjoying myself. Often these may not be the times when I am earning lots or my stats are booming; I may be doing some fun reviews or enjoying Instagram.

Then I go through the troughs. Times when I can’t be bothered. Times when I know I’m not putting as much effort into it and those are the times when I know I need to step back and have a think. To re-evaluate things and get my mojo back.

Two things happened recently that made me look at my blog and think WHY am I doing this?

I looked at my calendar; jam packed with posts I have to get out in the next 2 weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about work and earning money but I realised there was barely any of my own content. Reviews and sponsored posts were literally covering my calendar. Not even posts that had many of my own photos in them. Some even had stock images.

I wasn’t even finding the time to take my own photos! I went through a phase of loving taking pictures; used to take me my camera everywhere. I’ve just stopped. This isn’t me. This isn’t my blog. I’ve lost my photo love and even my hubby who takes a lot for me, hasn’t recently. We’ve been busy. Working. Bad weather. Not doing as much. I guess life does happen to get in the way.

The second thing that happened was my domain authority dropped. This is DA to the blogging world and is a marker of how high your blog rates on Google. I have no idea why it dropped as it was more than just a couple of points. This really niggled me, even though deep down I knew it didn’t massively matter.

What has blogging suddenly become to me? Numbers? Work? Not my own stuff. Certainly not enough of my own photos and original content.

I started blogging as I wanted to write, to learn about something new, to have a new hobby. I didn’t care about DA. I wasn’t even that bothered about reviews or work. I went through a period of time after little Piglet was born when I just enjoyed writing, taking photos and doing the odd reviews. It was fun and I think that actually led to me getting more work.

I know I need too Pick my camera up again, get snapping and write a bit more about the ordinary moments.

I know I need to focus on less posts, maybe even less work, until I get my mojo back.

This blogging Mama needs to frame herself and remember why she started out!

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  1. May 2, 2018 / 9:48 am

    I really love writing I always have. The technical side of blogging though – I do not enjoy! I know it is important as obviously there’s no point writing a post if the rest of the stuff isn’t working properly but I do feel it takes some of the fun away sometimes. Obviously I want my blog to be successful but I feel that the only way for that to happen is for me to become way more techno savvy than I am now, which sometimes I do find demotivating! Your blog is amazing though and to be honest – one of the ones that I look to for inspiration about what blogging success looks like. So don’t give up- I need my blogspiration!! #bloggersbest

  2. May 2, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Yay to you for being honest enough to write this! When a much loved hobby turns into a job that’s what happens unfortunately. As well as the lovely stuff, it brings all the crap job related stuff with it. Good luck with figuring it out and reclaiming your blog-life balance.

  3. May 2, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I hope I don’t get to this point. Hope you find your inspiration again.

  4. May 2, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    Oh Sarah, if it’s any consolation, I’m feeling like this too! I’m just fed up with stats going up and down. My DA is quite good at the moment but I’m not getting the paid work I once was; not sure why. I’m also so busy at work and with the family that blogging feels like a chore….oh well! Onwards and upwards as they say….I, going to take a break from blogging soon and I’m sure that will help…oh and a little sunshine wouldn’t go amiss! #bloggersbest

  5. May 2, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Yep can,identify with this, that is why you have to sometimes say no and do what you love or you just lose your mojo. I hope you do pick that camera up again soon X #bloggersbest

  6. May 2, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Totally relate to this! I’m not even one year in and I have already undergone the “blogger’s existential crisis”. Things became better when I defined my blogging goals and priorities.
    I have a day job and the family coming first. Sometime it’s really hard to stick to the schedule I want for my blog. Now life is intense and I have cut what I don’t feel it’s the enjoyable part, like social media promotion.
    #bloggersbest

  7. May 2, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Oh, I understand this feeling. I’ve been blogging for almost 11 years now so it’s had its ebbs and flows. I just try and mix things up sometimes, or whatever else I feel like I need. Taking a little break here and there is always good too. 🙂 You just have to get back to why you loved it had have fun. #bloggersbest

    -Lauren

  8. May 2, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    I have been blogging for over 5 years now and have often felt like this….
    Fab post. Your honesty is brilliant x #bloggersbest

  9. May 2, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    It’s all to easy to get bogged down and say yes to so many things you don’t have time for your own stuff. I’ve started popping things into my calendar as soon as I agree them so I can get the balance right #bloggersbest

  10. May 2, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Awww hun, I remember writing something very similar when I lost my mojo. I also feel my blog is revolving around the same thing at the moment too, not much personal which is a shame but hopefully that will change. Maybe take some time out and come back to it after a few days, might do you the world of good. Keep going with it though, it’s worth it. #BloggersBests

  11. May 3, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I really appreciate your honesty and opening up about this! I know a lot of bloggers get tired of blogging and have to take breaks now and then to remind themselves of why they started and decide if they wanna come back to it. This is definitely not a job for everyone and we have to encourage each other. Do what is right for you and your family! 🙂

  12. May 3, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    I am not even a year in yet and I have moments of inspiration where I write dozens of blog titles and start outlines then other days when I don’t want to touch a keyboard or do any advertising. Finding a balance has been tough, but luckily this isn’t my job! You’re a fabulous blogger and I hope picking up your camera and spending time with your kiddos is what you need!
    #BloggersBest

  13. May 4, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Ah I feel like this too! There is too much ‘sponsored’ stuff on my site at the mo and therefore I’m not writing as much as I used to. BUT I want the work and I like the brands. As soon as I actually site down and write something personal though – the good feeling comes back to me straight away!
    #BloggersBest

  14. May 8, 2018 / 9:33 am

    I’ve been through this a lot and it’s a tricky balancing act! Blogging is my full-time job now and I have to admit that, sometimes, there’s a heavier concentration of brand-centric posts than things I’ve simply written for me. I think it’s really important to do what you’re obviously doing and take stock of your approach now and then. You’ve clearly not lost touch with why you started in the first place and that’s so important! 🙂

  15. May 8, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Since getting vertigo I have reevaluated my priorities to make sure that my family and our collective happiness come first ALL THE TIME. I was getting stressed about little things and it has helped me to focus on the bigger picture instead. I hope things calm down for you! #bloggersbest

  16. May 8, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    It is hard not to get carried away with the numbers – like you say you need to get your mojo back & then you’ll be flying! #bloggersbest