If you’re a new blogger like me, things can get quite overwhelming. You want your website to look pretty so you go through all the WordPress themes you can find. You want to gain traffic, so you spend hours and hours pinning, tweeting and checking out other bloggers websites. Commenting and liking. Posting on Instagram and Facebook. And then you also need to come up with content to write about, go over your piece several times to ensure yourself that it’s good, and then get over the fear of putting yourself out there. You’re trying to figure out how to get rid of those weird google-translated comments some computer places on your website (I remember the first time I got like 12 comments and felt so happy – until I realized they were not written by actual humans). You’re trying to figure out why the heck Google Analytics doesn’t seem to work and why two different programs for counting your visitors give you very, very different stats. Then you tackle Google plus and realize that’s a whole new world to find your way in. And although you probably love everything about it, it does get a little much at times.
It’s very tempting to spend all your time checking out your visitor counts and working social media to gain traffic, addictive even, but don’t forget the importance of unplugging every once in a while. I noticed that I was even dreaming of facebook, Pinterest and commenting on Twitter and in blog support groups at night. I did not rest properly, because even when I was sleeping my brain was still working social media. I did not have time to talk to Boyfriend because I was always commenting on blogs or something and he should not interrupt me when I’m working. But then I realized: I’m always working and it started to affect my sanity.
Take time to shut off your phone and computer and go outside with your dog or your mother and really enjoy the cold on your skin and the ducks in the water. Be mindful about your cup of tea and your time spent cooking a nice, healthy dinner for your family. It’s so important to also focus on other things besides your new and exciting business. Your brain needs to recharge. After all, how will you write great articles with a brain that’s too full and too tired to think straight? And how will you be inspiring if all you do is sit at your desk all day? Go out and have fun. Experience things you can later write about. Regroup. Read a book (actually, read a LOT. Good writers read a whole lot. You will only be a better writer for it).
It’s so important to also focus on other things besides your new and exciting business.
If things do get overwhelming, try using a notebook of bullet journal to dump your thoughts in. After you’ve written down what you absolutely need to remember in order to write that blogpost, you can forget about it and have a breather. I just started a bulletjournal myself and I really love it – though I already knew it would be perfect for me since I’m a big fan of lists, and I’m very bad at remembering things. Write down EVERYTHING. You never know when it comes in handy or when you’re ready to write about a certain subject you’ve written down months ago. If you’re ever short of ideas, you have a back up.
Even if you’re not a blogger, but just a social media addict or have a lot of online friends (as I know lots of spoonies do, myself included), I think it’s refreshing to just put your phone away for a day or two. Pick up a book or cook a new dish. Get creative! Your followers can live without you for a few hours. I promise.
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