Blogging & Writing, Self-development

Manifesto for the Empowerment of the Stressed Blogger

While I was busy stressing over my exams, I still worried about my blog. Although I’ve learned how to deal with blogger guilt, I kept asking myself a lot of questions. Will I be able to blog as much as I used to? Should I increase my publishing rate again? Do I really enjoy blogging when I stress myself over how much I should post?

Most of the time, my answer was “No”. That’s why I decided to write down a set of ‘rules’ to follow soon after my hiatus. Instead of collecting practical tips for beating the stress (I’m still preoccupied with that, though) while trying to keep my blog activity high, I chose to rethink everything and adopt a more laid-back approach to my hobby (that’s an important word to keep in mind).

Well, these are not exactly ‘rules’, more like positive statements. That’s why I turned it into a manifesto which anyone in my situation can follow. My intention with the Manifesto for the Empowerment of the Stressed Blogger (MESB) is to offer a motivating plan for a compromise, a healthy balance, between blogging and life (work, study, family, etc.). The final aim is to instil confidence in my (and our) abilities, to limit the stress and to increase the enjoyment of blogging. That’s what I call empowerment.

Interestingly, after I had already decided to write a manifesto, I stumbled upon the Slow Blog Manifesto. I found Anne R. Allen’s post where she explains the benefits of blogging less and, although they’re geared towards book authors who blog, I found most of the reasons to be relatable.

Now here is my own 5-point MESB!

Manifesto for the Empowerment of the Stressed Blogger (MESB)

1. I love blogging, and I won’t let a self-imposed strict routine ruin that.

I won’t deny the importance of scheduling, but it can be counterproductive if my timetable is stressful and lowers the quality of the posts. Therefore, I’m persuading myself to take it easy and write when I really feel like having something worthwhile to say.

2. I believe in my blog, and I won’t allow ‘blogosphere pressure’ to affect me.

Other bloggers’ performances often feel like peer pressure, inevitably influencing my choice of subjects. It’s time to recognise that my own topics are just as worthy as theirs. I also need to prioritise my writing according to mood and relevance, not statistics and popularity.

3. I vow to remain loyal to my blog, but I acknowledge my offline life as a priority.

I will not stop blogging, even if I have to take regular breaks. Still, studying, spending time with my boyfriend and chillaxing are my top priorities right now, and I refuse to feel sorry for pushing my blog on the back burner once in a while.

4. I believe in the free flow of words and style.

‘Blogosphere pressure’ also affects my way of writing; it sort of imposes a limit upon me. I want to return to my blogging roots when I wrote more openly.

5. I will cut back on the blogging-themed posts.

Self-analysis can be beneficial. And let’s face it: posts about blogging attract a bigger audience. However, it’s time to take a break because such posts sometimes tend to bring more doubts than self-confidence.

(That doesn’t mean I’m renouncing my own posts and tips… if you’re interested, I’m linking them below)

10 Things I’ve Learned from Blogging (So Far)

10 Nuggets of Advice for Aspiring Personal Bloggers

How Blogging Can Boost Your Academic Writing

How Blogging Affects My Daily Life

5 Confessions of a Socially Awkward Blogger

5 Tasks to Do When You Have Blogger Guilt

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Does any of this resonate with you? Are you asking yourself my same questions and finding that your answers are “No” as well? Then come and join me in following the five points of my MESB or come up with your own motivational statement!

Admittedly, my suggestions don’t apply to all bloggers. I know that for some, blogging is more than a hobby; it’s a profession and a (sometimes sole) means of making money, and so they cannot afford to relax. Others insist on adhering to a rigorous routine because it’s their way of showing their responsibility and passion. That’s perfectly OK, of course.

Finally, remember that this does not mean giving up. It means sorting out our priorities, extending our blog’s life in the long run, and preserving our love for this amazing hobby!

Are you a stressed blogger? What do you think of my manifesto? Do you have more suggestions? Leave a comment on this post or drop me a mail!
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12 Comments

  • Reply annerallen 14th July 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I love it! There’s a lot of pointless competition in the blogging world. (Much of it testosterone-fuelled, I notice.) Blogging should be a fun way to make friends and socialize with other humans all over the planet, not a slog or a burden or a substitute for actual real life experiences. Slow blogging rules!

    • Reply Tiziana 14th July 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Totally agree, blogging should never be a burden, we must keep the fun factor.
      Thank you so much Anne for your comment, your post on slow blogging was a major boost for me. 🙂

  • Reply Myna Kaltschnee 14th July 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Hello Tizy,

    I love your manifesto. I should remember it, whenever I feel stressed from blogging. This happens at times. You know, I have a lot of time for blogging these days, but sometimes I don’t have ideas for new blog posts or just don’t feel like blogging. In days like these I am often feeling very stressed and guilty for not blogging. But just like you said, it’s just a hobby. I don’t (yet) earn money with blogging. So I shouldn’t feel guilty for not blogging.

    Take care!
    Mimi

    • Reply Tiziana 15th July 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Mimi,

      I think it’s natural to remain without ideas once in a while, maybe that’s a sign telling us to take a small break. Try to remember that blogging is not only about posting new content. You can play around your blog, update old posts, and visit and comment other blogs, that can also spark your inspiration again. 🙂
      Thanks a lot for the comment! Take care. <3

  • Reply Barbara Radisalvjeivc 17th July 2017 at 11:30 am

    I, too, love your manifesto. Right now I don’t love blogging. I still love to express myself in a blog with words and photos, but the pressure of keeping up with changing blogging conditions takes the joy out of writing. Affiliate programs and social platforms keep changing their rules or interpreting them differently for different people. Google burps and the content writing world goes into a pressured frenzy trying to make fixes to conform. I’ve spend my weekend making fixes so as not get dropped from an affiliate program that dropped someone who was found by one employee to be in violation of a term that hundreds had no idea was a violation. We still don’t know if that employee’s interpretation was the correct one, but who wants to take chances?

    The only good that has come out of going back over every post on three different sites has been finding some typos I’d missed and rewriting some paragraphs that don’t look as good now as when I published them. I was so busy making corrections to avoid being in violation (or not) of terms that I had no chance to write new content. Bummer. I still have my three largest blogs to go. I’ve applied a temporary fix until I can get back to correct them.

    I’m currently reevaluating whether I want to drop some of my blogs. I’m definitely not posting as much. I’m taking a time-out to rethink my goals.

    • Reply Tiziana 17th July 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      wow, that sounds complicated. You’re reminding me of another reason that demotivates me from blogging: technicalities. I still feel too lazy and unmotivated to learn about the technical aspects properly and when I think about it, it affects the joy I experience with writing on my blog.

      Taking a time-out to rethink goals is a good thing, in my opinion. And I think it also shows how you’re not into blogging just to chase readers, you do care about what you’re offering.

      Thanks a lot for your input and good luck with your blogs!

  • Reply Sarah Brentyn 17th July 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Yes! I’ve written about this…not sure how many times. It’s SO nice to see someone else blog about it. Get rid of the blogging stress! Love this. 🙂

    • Reply Tiziana 18th July 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Sarah!

      Lately I’ve been seeing many posts about blogging stress and how it’s OK not to post everyday, etc. I’m glad to see other bloggers embracing a less stressful routine.

      Thanks a lot for the comment! 🙂

      • Reply Sarah Brentyn 18th July 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Your points 2 and 3 especially hit me. It’s not just the stress we need to get relief from but the guilt. There is guilt involved… For many, I think. Eh, if not, at least for me. And, apparently, you. Thank you. Let’s ditch it and watch a movie.

        • Reply Tiziana 18th July 2017 at 5:59 pm

          Oh I know, I had already written about the guilt and managed to convince myself that blogging is more than just constantly writing and publishing posts, but then I felt like going one step further.
          You’re welcome, oh I’m definitely watching A LOT of movies lately. It’s relaxing and also inspiring. 🙂

  • Reply Kitt O'Malley 17th July 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you. I needed this advice. Bloggers need permission to take care of themselves first.

    • Reply Tiziana 18th July 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Kitt,

      you’re welcome, I’m happy that you found my post helpful. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

    Any thoughts you would like to share?

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