Do More of What Makes You Happy

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Do you ever feel pressure to follow very strict blogging guidelines? I feel like there are now so many voices out there telling you how to blog.  Of course, as someone who wants my blog to continue to grow, I’ve tried out many of these tips.  For example, earlier in the summer, I decided that I was going to try post good content Monday through Friday and that I had to stick to that schedule, no matter what. But of course, the best-laid plans don’t always work out. One week you miss a day and suddenly you’re feeling like that entire week’s schedule has been ruined.  Or another week you don’t feel like blogging a particular day, but you have to throw up a post that you don’t entirely love because the show must go on (cue dramatic music from Moulin Rouge here).

On top of that, you’re trying to keep up with various social media platforms (which are sprouting up faster than weeds in a garden!).  Posting to Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/StumbleUpon/Google+ every time you write a new post- it can be exhausting!  As a result, some of my other hobbies have been suffering, including reading and knitting.  Both of these things felt like dessert- something I wouldn’t allow myself to touch until after I finished my meal (blogging).

About two weeks ago, I gave myself a little reality check.  Why am I forcing myself to blog everyday? Because someone said that it would be a good idea? Or, why am I posting on Google+ daily when there’s not much engagement there and I much prefer other social networks?

Basically, I came to the following realization: I’m entirely in control of my blog so I should manage it exactly how I want to. For me this means not necessarily posting every day (and not necessarily posting only on MWF either), not worrying that some series are not as regular as I’d like them to be, and focusing on my writing and on why I started blogging in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I still love blogging.  I just want to remember to do it on my own terms.

My first few posts were wordy like this one because I used the blog as a space to hash out some thoughts (which I tagged as “reflections”) and I miss doing that. Of course I love to write about clothes and beauty and fashion, but sometimes I just want to chat a little too and let you know what’s on my mind.

Well, if you made it through to the end, I so appreciate you taking the time to read this. As always, I’d love to see below any of your thoughts/comments on my ramblings above!