If you’re sat reading this, then there’s probably a 50% chance (or maybe higher) that you’re also a book blogger. So ladies and gentlemen, this one is about us.
Blogging is hard. There so much that comes with it. But…is there a sort of added pressure? Is there something making blogging just that little bit harder?
Is there a sense of pressure on book bloggers?
Sure, for the majority of us, blogging is a hobby. We do it because we want to. But that doesn’t mean we don’t feel pressure.
It seems to be human nature for people to compare themselves to others. Whether it be looks, personality, general success. Anything. Well, blogging can fall in that category too.
You could be happy with you blog. But looking at other people’s, or seeing other bloggers on twitter/instagram/any social media can give you that sense of doubt. The feeling that you’re not doing as well as others. The feeling that you need to do something more, something to improve.
The pressure is there, in quite a few ways.
We’re book bloggers. We MUST read. It’s what we thrive from. It’s the very foundation of our blogs.
So we have to read, right? And we do. But that feeling of needing to read more can always be there. We see people reading books in what seems like a ridiculously quick amount of time. We see people upload review after review. We have a huge amount of books on our TBR, no doubt a lot of them really popular so the NEED-TO-READ feeling is even stronger.
And if you’re a blogger who is sometimes sent books to review, that can be added pressure. Of course, you’re the one to agree to it. But other things can come up to make it harder, because you need to read and review the book as soon as physically possible.
I’m pretty sure a lot of people find designing the hardest part of blogging. Which is completely understandable, because all those codes and links and numbers just look like the devil’s own language.
And you look at other people’s blogs and to put it simply – they’re stunning. They have beautiful graphics and amazing layouts. It can look incredible, and you want your blog to look like that. You can feel like your blog isn’t good enough because it’s not as professional looking or organized. You see the blogs of people who are hugely popular, and then look at your own only to feel a bit disheartened, like you could do better.
You’re a blogger, so you need to blog. And there’s so many people out there who post so many times a week, it can get to a point where you feel like you don’t post enough. Or you’re scared of missing a day in case your readers are disappointed. Or you should post more so that your name is still recent in the blogging world.
But uploading that often would then add pressure to come up with new ideas. New ideas that are up to date, entertaining, interesting….it’s endless.
Okayy so this one isn’t literally. But you’ll know what I mean.
You know how there’s just those bloggers that seem to have everything right. The people who have a huge amount of followers – who actually talk to them! – on all social media. The ones who upload blog posts, only to have them shared by loads of people and receive hundreds of comments. The ones who are just generally popular. Of course it’s hard not to envy how successful they are!
I genuinely get so happy whenever someone talks to me on twitter, or comments on my blog posts, or even snapchat me. Just the idea that someone wanted to chat to me fills my heart with joy. So seeing those accounts that are just insanely popular can add to the pressure of doing well yourself.
So yes, blogging is a hobby. But does that cancel out the fact that pressure is involved?
Are we just too harsh on ourselves? Should we stop comparing ourselves to others so much?
I think that pressure is there. But not enough to be overwhelming. If it ever gets to a point where the pressure of blogging gets too much, you need to stop. It shouldn’t be that way. Take a step back and realise that your blog is run by YOU. You run it how you want.
So now it’s your turn!
Do you feel any pressure when it comes to blogging?
Is there any part of blogging in particular that you feel more pressure for?
How do you handle that pressure? Maybe you ignore it? Or use it as motivation?
Join the discussion in the comments!
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