In my post. Blogging When You Can't Be Bothered, the assumption was that in the end you'd blog on through the slump. That was echoed in the comments as well. But ... But ...There are times when blogging isn't fun. It can be a total time suck as it's not just the writing, it's the promoting, the commenting and all the other stuff. Although the lifestyle some bloggers present is super glamorous, they're not always true. After I've scheduled this post, I'm off to empty the bins. Living the dream.
There are things that can help. The first is to avoid negativity. Don't read things that upset you, make you angry or unhappy. Hate reading is a bad habit writes a woman who has lost whole lunchtimes to the Sidebar of Shame. Mute or unfollow people on social media. (If my Pro-Eu ramblings on Twitter and Instagram wind you up, then please feel free! I won't be offended! Or we could talk about it).
The other thing is to take back control. Reading that post about my mummy blog sucking, what struck me is that the writer had allowed blogging to completely take over her family and their life had become one big product placement exercise. She had no boundaries at all. It's easy to do. Getting opportunities is really exciting and many of us aren't good at saying no. But it's a powerful little word and saying it every so often actually makes us happier and helps keep blogging fun.
Lastly, and this may seem a weird thing to write in the run up to #BML16, it's okay to try blogging, decide you don't like it and stop. Let's pop that in bold italics, it's okay if you stop blogging. Not everyone likes everything they try. Some people enjoy reading blogs, but prefer living the life rather than blogging about it. And you know what, that's okay.
This isn't the prelude to some great announcement or flounce. I just had these thoughts and decided to put them out there. Because in all my years of reading blogs, I think I've seen one post saying this. Now there are two.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about this. Let me know in the comments. Let me know if you're coming to BML as well so I can look out for you.
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