[A BLOGGER’S LIFE] What is a POST?

[NOTE: I know the past couple of weeks I haven’t been able to respond to your lovely comments and catch up with your wonderful posts – believe me I MISS YOU GUYS! But there was just too much going on and I couldn’t manage everything very effectively. And what gladdens my heart and fills it with gratitude is that some of you STILL supported my blog and visited my posts – THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT! You guys are awesome and I am so very grateful to have met you! THANK YOU AGAIN! YOU GUYS ARE THE BESTEST EVERRR!!! LOVE YOU! ❤ ]

The guilt of not having posted according to my schedule for the past couple of weeks surrounded me. I felt a bit sad. I missed those lively interactions on my favorite blogs and their lovely posts, book-twitter – EVERYTHING.

And now, here I was, trying to find a good reason to go on with my blogging and reading schedule. I lacked proper motivation to open WordPress and ACTUALLY WRITE SOMETHING. My fingers hovered over the keyboard for a long time before it struck me – I wasn’t averse to writing, I was just irritated with the impossibly high standards I had set for myself as a blogger –

My posts MUST ALWAYS be visually appealing.

My gifs MUST ALWAYS be “out of this world.”

My reviews MUST ALWAYS be aesthetic.

All in all, my posts MUST ALWAYS be unique.

This demanding checklist left me overwhelmed which eventually burnt me out. For the last week, I had been trying and failing to catch up with my blogger friends because I was feeling STUCK in my own web of perfection.

If only I had realised that a post is – at it’s most basic – a record of your genuine thoughts. Of course, you can add lots of different flavours of visuals, effects, and, pretty graphics to it to make it even more enjoyable BUT it doesn’t ALWAYS need to be that way.

Sometimes you can just let all those ideas of perfection go and JUST WRITE YOUR HEART OUT, without any stress of all the work that’ll come AFTER it.

Whenever we try to chase THE IDEAL and make it the SOLE purpose, we eventually burn ourselves.

Yes, you are a blogger. But you are also a student, an employer, an employee, a reader, an author, a doctor, an engineer, a parent – you are SO MANY PEOPLE AT ONCE! And to fulfill every single one of those roles to satisfaction, you need to let yourself free from time to time or else it sucks the very joy of blogging out of it.

And that’s no fun at all.

As a blogger, the lack of motivation and reason to write and hit publish is one of the worst things ever! And to make sure that you don’t go through such a burnout – not at least on a regular basis – you just need to RELAX and allow yourself a few mistakes, a few let ups, a few missed deadlines, a few slackened standards.

Why?

Because your posts are not defined by those glitters – they are defined by their message, their content, their originality.

Allow yourselves to be a human who sometimes misses a few things, forgets others – there is fun in that. 😉

Ps: By now you must know why this post is so devoid of the usual flare. I hope you still liked it just the same. ❤

28 thoughts on “[A BLOGGER’S LIFE] What is a POST?

  1. The lack of motivation gets to the best of us! Personally, I try to have some ‘in case’ content in my drafts for the sad times and 1/3 of my current content is my original meme so at least that much is safe. But even ‘safe’ works only to some point.

    So from time to time, I need an impromptu break. Sometimes to just recharge. Sometimes to brainstorm. Sometimes to just focus on reading and see where that takes me.

    My point is — breaks are good and even can teach you a lot about your priorities as a blogger. My breaks always bring some change or revelation.

    And I love the lack of flourish — sometimes it’s rewarding to see your writing can stand on its own. Feels more personal, imo. ❤

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    1. AWWWWW!!! That’s the SWEETEST COMMENT EVERR!!! Thank you so so much for saying that! It really means a lot and you have made my dayyyy!!! Thank you thank youuuuuu, hon! 😍😍😍😍🥺🥺❤❤❤

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    1. Hmmm….that explains why you didn’t really like my previous posts! 😂🤣 Jist kidding. To be honest, I wouldn’t say i hate GIFS. In fact, I love them – granted that they compliment the content.

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      1. To be honest, my problem with GIFS is partially a physical one. See, I have mild dyslexia and these movies just grab me and pull me away from the content of the posts. A picture… that’s fine. A graphic… sure thing. But the GIFS… I just can’t keep my eyes away from them, and then I miss the whole point of the post. But that’s just me!

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    1. Awwwwww!!! That is SO SO SWEET of you to say, Mads!!!!! YOU ARE THE BESTESTTTT!! Your comments ALWAYS ALWAYSS make my day!! 😍😍😍😍😍 Thank you thank you so kuhc for your thoughtful and lovely comment!!!! 💫🧚‍♀️

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    1. Awww!!! Thank you so much, hon! I missed you toooo!!! I JUST…..THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVELY WORDS!!! They mean A LOT to me! You are THE SWEETEST EVERRR!!!! 😍😍😍😍🥰🥰🥺🥺😘😘😘❤❤❤

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  2. I don’t think this post is “devoid of its usual flare” at all! Its so relatable, honestly 😊😅 I have been absolutely awful at keeping up with everyone in the past few weeks, and I know my posts this month won’t be anything special because I am absolutely prioritizing exams right now…
    But we’ve got to tell ourselves that that’s okay, too! Not everything we write has to be amazing. We can’t read everything other people post. And we don’t always have to be writing. It’s okay to take breaks! So if you ever feel burnt out, don’t worry about what we might think – focus on yourself first! We understand!! ❤❤❤

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    1. I am so glad you found it relatable, Naemi! I have been trying REALLY hard to keep up with my schedule, only to find myself failing again and again in the process. We really need to ease up a little bit from time to time. Sure, blogging needs a LOT of persistence but sometimes, you just gotta “go with the flow” as they say – something I still struggle with because if I miss a deadline, I feel like I committed a crime, honestly! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣

      You are right! It’s absolutely ALRIGHT to take breaks sometimes – and they don’t even have to be full-blown hiatuses as I used to think before. Taking a break can just be a little tweak in your schedule so it doesn’t feel overwhelming anymore – as I am trying to do these days! And I feel calmer – more relaxed now! 😍❤️

      AND AGAIN – ALL THE VERY VERY BEST FOR YOUR EXAMS, hon! I LOVE our interactions and reading your posts but I know you will be busy for a few weeks AND THAT’S FINEEE!! Maybe I’ll use that time to catch up with some of your old posts! 🤷🏻‍♀️😘😘😘😘❤️❤️

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      1. Well, if it makes you feel any better, I’m very impressed with how you manage to put out quality content so consistently 😉 Meanwhile, I’m over here struggling to write something once a week, so I definitely don’t think you have to feel bad for taking a break now and then! ❤ I’m glad you’re feeling a bit calmer and more relaxed now!! 💙

        And thank you!! Your comments always cheer me up so much and make those exams seem just a little less horrible 😊💜 (And just be warned – some of those old posts are veeerrry cringe-worthy 😅 But hey, at least you can tell I got better at writing 😁)

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  3. I love this post, dear ❤ I can totally relate to blogging burnout, it happens to me too especially when I compare myself to others who I perceive to be performing better than me. I always need to remind myself that I created my blog for fun, and as a personal space that is sacred to me. It will defeat the purpose if I stress out over it. So just be yourself and take all the time you need ❤

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  4. Wonderful blog post and just what I needed to read! I haven’t been around much either – August floored me – I have some big real-world changes going on and I just didn’t have the headspace for blogging or reading and I posted a few blog tour posts that I felt didn’t quite sparkle – we heap the pressure on don’t we!?!

    Great post! And SO TRUE!

    I’m off to read a few of your other posts – I’ve missed your blog and then it’s bedtime for me 😀

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  5. I really think it’s important for people not to set high standards for themselves and to do what they love when they can and want to. No one is any position to judge either. I’m glad you acknowledged that through your post and I hope you’ll keep up what you love doing in the blogging world whenever you CAN and WANT to, Rain! Take care. 😀

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  6. I love you, your posts and your voice SO MUCH!!! 🥺🥺✨✨✨ This one is just amazing, I’m sorry I’m not so present here lately, I haven’t had much time, but you know I’m always here for you and I’m your biggest fan ALWAYS ❤️❤️❤️

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  7. Somtimes posting is so hard! It’s lack of motivation and lack of ideas and lack of being able to finish. I totally get what you mean though, perfectionalism is rather bad for the writing itself. How many of my posts are still in the draft folder because I cannot find the right picture to put in there?
    Then again, I think many of those “barriers” I am building up myself might just be my fear that nobody would read my posts if they are not pretty or at least easy to read? Maybe?

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