When Real Life Gets in the Way of Blogging

So, you may or may not have noticed recently that my blog posts have been a bit sparse. I’m totally aware of this myself. In the past I have told myself I NEED to post at least 2 blog posts a week. Otherwise, people will get disinterested and won’t bother reading my blog any more. After only starting my blog in October 2016, I’m trying so hard to keep the momentum up and make this blog a success. But sometimes this can be hard. After all, I have a very busy, full on full-time job that isn’t just 9-5, 5 days a week, it’s so much more than that. Especially of late, when I’ve had a lot going on and plenty of commitments at work. Not only that, I’ve had a lot of different things happen in my personal life recently that I’ve had to deal with and sometimes that means you just don’t want to or simply can’t write.

I think this post is just a jumbled up way of me trying to tell myself that it’s ok not to be blogging all the time, and that people won’t mind if I’m not posting as regularly as I sometimes do. Quite often, I’m my own worst enemy, and am much harder on myself than anyone else is on me. After all, some of you might not have even noticed I’ve been MIA!

Plus, this is a post for anyone else out there who is feeling a similar way to me. That life is busy and full on, and sometimes things happen that you have no control over. Whilst blogging may be a full-time job and therefore an income for some people so posts need to be written, for many of us it is a hobby and hobbies shouldn’t be worried about. They should be picked up when the time is right, and are there to be  enjoyed. I’ve truly found something I love in blogging, but also realise that I need to take care of myself first and then blog when I’m able to. Whilst I would like to be the most consistent and organised blogger going, I’ve gotta understand that sometimes real life just gets in the way of this and that isn’t my fault. So make sure you aren’t too hard on yourself either.

So are you finding it hard to blog consistently at the moment? Do you work full-time too and blog when you are able to? Or perhaps you took a break from blogging, then came back fully charged? I would love to know in the comments!

Until next time…

Jean xoxo

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37 thoughts on “When Real Life Gets in the Way of Blogging

  1. Kit Stanwood says:

    Absolutely feeling the same! Taking pictures for all the blog posts is the hardest part for me while working because I need daylight in my photos. I tried lights but the shadows are really hard to edit out and it’s just not the same as natural light so I only have the weekends to do like 30 photos and that’s if I’m feeling inspired and get some good shots! Keep on blogging and making drafts

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  2. Shopaholic_kh says:

    This is just what I needed to read so thank you!In my head I have loads of things I want to blog about but time to actually sit down and write is sparse and don’t even get me started on the photos😦Thank you for a great post…sometimes all you need is for someone to say “actually, you know what…its ok” xxx

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  3. Rojielyn says:

    I am not a blogger but i also love writing and reading especially when i am in pain. Then once i did these, i feel a lighter feeling of comfort. writing is like a friend to me.

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  4. Debra says:

    I think it is easy to let real life get in the way of almost everything extra, but at the same time you have to be careful and make sure you are not letting real life get in the way of the things that are important!

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  5. Alyssa Ruane says:

    I am totally in the same boat as you! Although my job makes it easier to make time (I’m a freelance writer/editor), I still have to tend to my work commitments (you know, writing for money instead of for free) and it’s the same deal. I also just launched my blog Sept 2016. I’m lucky if I publish one post a week!

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  6. Blythe Alpern says:

    When I’m not blogging, I’m a freelance copywriter and sometimes I feel drained overwhelmed by all the writing I need to do. When my mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, my work was a great distraction until her treatment started not working. For awhile, I had a hard time finding the brain power or momentum to be creative. I had to let myself off the hook, which helped so much. Thankfully, her new treatment is working much better and I feel more incentive to work and be creative.

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  7. nmetolen75 says:

    My blog is my business, so I sometimes have to force myself to write even on days when I really don’t want to, but honestly, I’m in a massive mental and emotional rut right now. If I could, I’d take a break for a week or two. Although some days, work is the only reason I get out of bed, so maybe it’s better that I HAVE to keep doing it.

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  8. Kiwi says:

    Oh I have been here many times! Yes blogging is a job and in between doing what I love and hobby, it can be moments where I need a break just like people feel on their job. Its common and its ok to take a mental break when needed and recharge.

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  9. Jennifer Marx (JenuineMom) says:

    Yes, I had issues with this, too. Probably will again. I have a full-time job outside of my blog, so I have to give priority to it. It’s really tough though, because I WANT to blog!

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  10. Amber says:

    Sometimes I struggle with this too! As a photographer, sometimes I just need a break from the images and find myself not blogging them like I should. BUT, it really is important to find that balance so as not to get burnt out.

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