• Katherine

    I totally agree with you! Sometimes I feel the same!! but definitely do what you love and don’t do what others want you to do :)

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    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thanks Kat! Sometimes with all these outside voices, it’s hard to remember to do what’s best for you, but I’m working on being better at that :)

  • Melanie

    I am totally on you with this. I stopped blogging to the “rules” because it stressed me out. And guess what? My blog is still growing. Of course post quality has to still be on top, but I’d rather have that than mixing those and poor posts. Good for you for figuring out what makes you happy! :)

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Exactly, the blog is not supposed to be stressful, it’s supposed to be fun! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/hopeshores Hope Shores

    I totally feel the same way. The “business of blogging” can be so draining. When I’m feeling uninspired, I just take a bit to regroup. After all, this is something that should be fun, not a chore!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Same- when I’m feeling uninspired, I’m not motivated to blog, so I try to take a step back until I am excited to blog about something again. :)

  • http://raindropsonrosy.blogspot.com/ Rosy Rocha

    For me blogging is about escapism. I work the most boring executive job from 8 – 5 every monday – friday. I die a little every time I walk through the door. The paycheck is good, the benefits are amazing, but the work itself is just a bore. I started seeing that I was done with all my work by 1:00pm. What to do til then? Haha be naughty and blog on company time. Executive perks. But I wouldnt blog if I felt obligated to. You’re right its all about doing more of what make you happy.

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      I love the idea of using your blog to escape and that’s so great that you’ve made this creative outlet for yourself to counter your boring job :)

  • LOLBeauty

    Great Post… I’ve been feeling the same way lately! Kudos for encouraging us to relax.

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thanks Laura for reading it- it’s good to know others are feeling the same way!

  • http://www.thrifteye.com/ Eli

    I am all for this! After blogging for six years, you start to realize that if you burn out, then there’s no joy in blogging anymore. Always do what’s comfortable for you. Readers can tell when you’re annoyed or disillusioned!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Wow, six years is such a long time- kudos to you! Yes, that’s what I’m working on- blogging on a schedule that works for me, not based on what others say.

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I know what you mean, sometimes the blog can feel more like a second job than something that is supposed to be fun. I put a lot of pressure on myself to post 5 days a week and make sure i’ve got outfit photos that are (hopefully) up to the standards I’ve imposed upon myself.

    I stay rigid to this becuase I like having the guidelines and the deadlines. At the end of the day I’m happy I posted.

    Most of my burn out is coming from trying to keep up with commenting on other blogs and staying relevant in social media. Sometimes I wonder, would people still read my blog if I stopped commenting on theirs?

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      I totally feel like the blog is a second job! I mean, I take it very seriously and put many many hours into it, and I want it to do well.

      I agree, it’s so hard to keep up with all the social medial. Of course, after you’ve put lots of work into a post, you want to spread the word and let people out there know, but it can be tiring to keep up with it all.
      I think it’s all about finding a blogging method that works for you- whether that’s posting 5 times a week or whether it’s focusing on a couple social networks, etc.

      Re: commenting- that’s a tough question! A few weeks back ago on the blog, I was talking about how I’ve noticed comments have declined due to the rise of social media. I’ve noticed that I’m commenting on fewer posts- partly because of time. But if a post is really great and I want to let the blogger know, I often leave a comment. I definitely don’t want comments to go away, because then I wouldn’t be able to have wonderful discussions with people (like this one), but it will be interesting to see what happens with commenting 6 months-1 year from now.

  • http://delayedmissives.com/ Alex Elizabeth

    My editorial calendar is ALWAYS getting messed up, but… it doesn’t bother me much, which is great. I started blogging with zero calendar (I mean, I had a XANGA (who does that?)), so it was easy to let it go. Things that happen offline are always give priority over the blog.

    I actually like G+, but no one is on it so I don’t use it.

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Oh my gosh, Xanga, I totally forgot about that! I had one too, but no way I remember the login! I’m sort of glad I can’t find it though- I’m sure it’s pretty embarrassing! ;)

  • http://www.thehappyshopaholic.com/ Christina Marcus

    I totally agree with this philosophy! I had stopped blogging for WEEKS because the task just became so daunting. I have things on my mind, and accompanying pictures to boot, but when it stops being fun, what is the point? I’ve finally returned to my blog this week and I’m so glad to read that I’m not the only one with “blogger fatigue!”

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Yes, when you’re not feeling it, it’s definitely a good idea to take a step back! Then when you’re feeling a bit refreshed it’s fun to come back full of of new ideas. Glad to hear you’re back to blogging! :)

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