Sarah from The Growing Butterfly discusses the highs and lows of creating content and sharing your passion with others. It’s all about finding your blogger balance…
In the first stages of creating content in the form of blog articles, videos or social media posts, there is so many positive thoughts and feelings that come with having this amazing space to have the freedom of creativity to share your passions with the online world.
Though I am sure many of you reading this now would have to agree with me that despite how much you love to spend time working hard to continually make the best form of content you can, there comes quite a high price…your personal life.
It may all seem manageable in the beginning, as the beautifully painted picture that can be seen whilst scrolling through feeds shows that you can build your platform whilst simultaneously have a thriving social life and maintain good physical and mental health.
Quite frankly, this is not the case at all.
No matter how a person may present themselves online, there will be something that is being neglected that is at a detriment to them being truly happy.
It is an incredibly tough to find the right balance when you have so much passion for creating content but also have the fundamental needs to maintain positive social relationships away from technology and to be able to take time away from being online without feeling guilty, disappointment in yourself for not being ‘active’ or ‘engaging’ enough to grow your platforms.
I know first hand how difficult it is. Many times have I had to face reality to the fact I have began to sacrifice my family, friends, and self-care as a result of being overcommitted to blogging.
Becoming so immersed into this part of my life was not having the positive outcomes I was hoping. No matter how well my blog was doing, I was still unhappy in myself. I was missing that physical connection you get from being in the moment, having tangible experiences that all the senses could take in.
However impossible it may seem there are ways to find your own ‘blogger balance’ as I like to call it, where you can schedule time for creating content and also have plenty of opportunities to connect to the present moments and enjoy spending time away from the online world.
What comes before everything else is yourself. What ever your ambition, goal, or dream, it is vital that you place yourself as priority. By ensuring that you are doing what is necessary for your health and wellbeing, you are in a much stronger, safer, and positive state of mind to be able to give your best self to your blog.
Once you have set those foundations you can start to see clearer how much time you ought to offer to working on content and engaging online. Every individual has different lifestyles that give them different amounts of time and opportunity to commit to blogging, so each one of us is on a different path. Constantly comparing to industry standards and other bloggers is not going to help you stay focused on what is important to keeping you happy with your life.
Do what is necessary for you now.
- Start by establishing the things that YOU are passionate about. Not the latest trends or what another blogger is doing!
- Refine your content to fit YOUR goals and stick with it.
- Set a certain amount of time for social media/ blog content and engagement each day/week/
- Make sure to then switch off from virtual reality and immerse yourself into real life.
- Prioritise self-care into every day, make a conscious effort to look after you.
- Remind yourself that you are doing what is best for you and that is the most important thing you can to have blogger balance.