Why I’ll never be the blogger who posts every day

Why I'll never be the blogger who posts every day

I’ve read a couple of posts recently by bloggers who feel they have fallen out of love a little with their blogs as they’ve been putting too much pressure on themselves. Pressure to post frequently, pressure to keep up on social media, pressure to live up to their own expectations of what they want for their blog. It’s something that I’m no stranger to and there are times when I have questioned why I bother blogging at all.

I started this blog for myself – as a creative outlet whilst on maternity leave, as a way to document my daughter growing up and I guess as a way for me to take stock of my own life and appreciate the every day. But the truth is (as every blogger will understand) you quickly become very attached to your blog. It’s an extension of yourself – and you therefore become very precious about it. With all of the hours that you put into it, you want other people to read it. Otherwise, what’s the point? You forget that you started it for yourself and suddenly your stats become important and you are constantly strivingย to ‘blog better’.

Why I'll never be the blogger who posts every day

It’s impossible not to compare yourself to other bloggers. Those who blog on a daily basis and still seem to have the time to keep active on social media and take beautiful photographs – and all with a young child or sometimes two at home with them. And yet they still manage to fit in daily craft sessions or days out with their children (you know because you read about it on their blog). They make a decent income from their blogs and work with some fantastic brands. I salute you.

I’m a firm believer in the saying ‘you get back what you put in’ and I do believe that this is never more true than with blogging. Since I started to post more and really ‘get myself out there’ on social media, I’ve seen a huge increase in visitors to my blog and, as a result, opportunities to earn money from it. Which is a great feeling – it really does make it all seem worthwhile.

But I’m never going to be the blogger who posts every day.

For me, I’ve reached my peak in terms of the time I’m willing to dedicate to blogging. I limit myself to Taylor’s nap times and a little bit a few evenings a week. Any more than that and I start to feel irritated – irritated because I’m not sat chatting to my husband, irritated because I’m looking at my mobile phone whilst Taylor’s awake. Blogging is great, but certainly not at the expense of quality time with my family.

I’ve realised that I’m not very quick at writing and a post that takes me over an hour to write would probably take someone else half an hour. I can’t help it, I’m pedantic. And I’m cool with that.

Throughout my 16 months of blogging I’ve realised that what I love most about my blog is being my own boss. I can publishย what I want to and spend as much time on it as I feel like. Andย I’m a pretty nice boss really – efficient, but no slave driver. Yes, I would go into a cold sweat if I went for one week without a post, but Google’s not going to kick me out of the party if I don’t post for 24 hours. Blogging for me has always been about writing content that hopefully people enjoy and relate to and, if I’m lucky, want to share.

If you need any more convincing, just keep in mind the The likes of The Unmumsy Mum, Hurrah For Gin, Mummy Daddy Me – all of whom have achieved notoriety for being brilliant parenting bloggers, all of whom don’t post daily.

I’m happy with what I’ve achieved so far and I’m proud that I’ve started to earn a little from this space that I created out of nothing. Of course I still plan to have targets for improving and growing, but in ways that won’t put undue pressure on myself – improving my photography, understanding social media more, extending my tribe (anyone want in?)

So bloggers, give yourself a break. The only person who’s judging is you.

So what about you? Are you a blogger who posts every day? Do you feel you put a lot of pressure on yourself and lose the fun of blogging?

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  1. Fran Back With A Bump
    April 6, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I pretty much could have written this. I have days where I wonder why I blog and others where I’m a woman on a mission and will get a couple drafted up but then find a few hours have one by. It’s hard to find time to blog and be active on social media, which my husband detests, and also be mummy and wife!
    Looks like you’re doing great and have got that balance xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Glad you could relate – I think we all put too much pressure on ourselves and it can be easy to forget why we started. But for the most part I do love it and I do think it’s about finding a balance that works for you xx

  2. Louise | Squished Blueberries
    April 6, 2016 at 7:12 am

    I like to try and post everyday I think because I’m new and full of fresh enthusiasm. I don’t worry when life gets in the way though, well I try not to! I think of blogging as my little pretend job. It gives me a purpose outside of being a mummy and it lets me be creative and feel like I’m contributing to something out in the wider world, but if I don’t want to do it I don’t have to because it’s not really a job. Best of both worlds!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      That’s a good way to look at it! I think I forget it’s not really a job sometimes! X

  3. Mummy Fever
    April 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Really enjoyed reading this – I do post everyday and I do feel pressure to do that BUT the pressure is from me not anyone else. I try not to get too consumed in what others are doing because we are all different and all blogging for a number of varied reasons. It is hard to ignore some bloggers who seem super human at times. #sharewithme
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it – well done you for posting everyday I think if you can do it then great, but I think the pressure would be too much for me personally x

  4. Emma
    April 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

    interesting post. I do blog everyday at the moment but then they aren’t all long posts. I do it for now as it suits me and I find that it helps improve my writing. But I am realistic and realise that there will be a time when I won’t be able to do it that often. I am just going to roll with it and I take the what will be, will be approach #bestandworst
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      I think whatever works for you personally is the way to go – and definitely rolling with it. I need targets but if they’re unrealistic they start to stress me out x

  5. Single Mum Speaks
    April 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I agree. Posting every day is pointless if you have nothing of value to say and you’re just writing filler posts. Better to wait until you have genuinely great content. I work full time, so blogging is secondary to my paid work, and there are times when I’m working hard, I’m exhausted and I’m out of ideas, not to mention wanting to spend what little time I do have spending time with Piglet. #BestandWorst

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I’m not sure how you do it whilst working full time – I only work part time and struggle! I agree quality over quantity every time

  6. Catie: An Imperfect Mum
    April 6, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I think your almost final statement says it all; No-ones judging it’s up to you. Blogging does take up a large amount of my time and I have to remind myself of why I started and think about the quality over the quantity too.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      I think people underestimate everything that goes into building a successful blog – the tasks are endless aren’t they? But we do it because we love it I guess x

  7. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    April 6, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Right from the start I said that two or three posts a week was going to be it. I have a full time job, a wife , and kids. Sometimes I feel bad about the time I put in already. To be honest, I don’t think there is any way I could come up with enough ideas for more than that anyway.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      I think that’s a good target to have. I’ve found that joining in with regular themed link ups helps me to plan content, but I’m yet to post more than 4 times a week

  8. Brianna
    April 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I laugh at recommendations of posting everyday. I work full time outside of the home/blog. With 4 kids, 7 chickens, and two cats I spend hours just trying to get everyone fed! Plus each tutorial post takes several hours. I’d love to put in more time but I prefer to maintain a good relationship with my husband and this thing called sleep. I’ll either be a blog super star over time or it won’t happen. But I’ll be able to say I had fun while doing it!

  9. laura dove
    April 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I literally just wrote a post about this yesterday! I have never blogged every day, I manage maybe two posts a week and even then it is so time consuming especially when I am juggling four children. I have felt the pressure lately though, sometimes I have felt it more of a chore or I have just had nothing at all to say and share. I’ve realised that I blog because I love to write, it doesn’t even matter if nobody else is reading, I’m just doing what I love whenever I find a moment to do it. #sharewithme
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  10. Jenny
    April 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    I can really relate to this so much. Glad you have said it out loud to everyone too. It’s such a problem when you first start a blog that you dive in and you think to make yourself hear you need to post every single day and join in every single linky and it becomes your life so much so that you are eating, breathing it, and losing sleep and your sanity for the first year or so even two years maybe like I did. Then you step back, realize all those hours and time you put in it was great but really it’s your space, you do with it what you want and when you want and I had to stop pressuring myself and realize it’s actually better to post twice maybe even once a week or less. I look back at some posts wanting to delete them for the mere fact they were written just to fill that day and that’s not what I want at all. I know I do posts a lot more than other bloggers I am slowing down a lot more and enjoying life more offline to share better posts online. If that makes sense. While I try to do one personal post and one work related post and my linky each week sometimes it gets more full due to work and other times its just my linky that week and I am okay with that now. Took me forever to back off and look at the bigger picture. Good for you for doing the same. Love this. Thanks for sharing your wise words on #ShareWithMe this week. Have a lovely weekend ahead.
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  11. Crummy Mummy
    April 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I’m totally with you on this and will never post daily – unless I win the lottery and don’t need to work too. I’d rather post good quality, well thought out content three times a week than dilute it and spread myself too thinly by posting every day. Quality over quantity I say! #bestandworst
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  12. Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi
    April 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I relate to this so much! I have been blogging less than a year and have never strived to post daily, but I do catch myself making comparisons and wondering why I can’t accomplish as much as others. I really love this post and the permission you are giving me to relax. Thank you! <3

  13. Lindsey
    April 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for this. I needed a reminder. I put way too much pressure on myself and my family suffers, which is NOT OK. Tweeting and stumbling this. And I’m going to re-evaluate my priorities.
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  14. Debbie
    April 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Natalie, one blog post rarely takes me less than two hours to write, so an hour sounds good to me, in fact if I’m including a selection of photos it can take me considerably longer (I’ve tried to be quicker, but I just can’t do it).

    I like to have posts ready to publish on a Tuesday, Friday and Sunday and if I haven’t got one ready for a certain day I save it for next week. I accept I’m not a blogging Superwoman and that life does get in the way. I’ve only recently cottoned on to social media and it’s benefits, but can’t believe how much time that side of blogging takes and whilst I don’t beat myself up too much about not having spent time on social media, I really wish it’s something I could spend more time on.

    I have no idea how some bloggers can publish posts on a daily basis, and I take my hat off to them.

    xx
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  15. Lisa | Thirtysomething Belle
    April 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    This resonated with me so much. With a family and demanding full time accounting job, my blog began as my release, my therapy. I ADORE writing. A few months back, I found I was spending too much time on my laptop, getting upset over stats and missing my family. I dialled it back to a blog post a week, at best and have never felt better. Lisa x

  16. Lisa | Thirtysomething Belle
    April 6, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    This resonated with me so much. With a family and demanding full time accounting job, my blog began as my release, my therapy. I ADORE writing.

    A few months back, I found I was spending too much time on my laptop, getting upset over stats and missing my family. I dialled it back to a blog post a week, at best and have never felt better. Lisa x

  17. My Petit Canard
    April 6, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Such a great post and one that completly resonates with me. Its so easy to get carried away, and sucked into this sense of needing to keep up with the blogging joneses and get completely obsessesed with your blog and blogging. I’ve managed to catch myself when I’ve started to get like this and tried to maintain perspective. I have a similar view to you and its totally all about balance. I think like you say, you can have a lovely blog and be a successful blogger without having to sacrifice it all, at least im hoping thats the case ๐Ÿ™‚ Emily #bestandworst

  18. Ami
    April 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Even finding time to blog without a child is difficult! I don’t know how people blog every day, I wouldn’t have enough ideas for posts. Once a week is quite enough for me, I’m really bad at promoting it though so I may as well just write it for myself haha

    Ami x
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  19. ShoeboxofM
    April 7, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Thanks for this. I needed this post. I’ve been in a funk over the fact I haven’t published anything this week so it’s good to be reassured that the only one expecting anything from my blog is me!

    #bestandworst

  20. Rachel
    April 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Yes. This. I fell in love with my blog as a hobby, it grew into more than that which I don’t think I realised really. Then I fell pregnant and very sick and couldn’t bring myself to write for a while. The guilt I felt about not keeping on top of it all was awful when in reality it didn’t matter! #bestandworst xx

  21. helen gandy
    April 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I can whole heartedly agree with you, I put alot of pressure on myself to get everything scheduled and done and post almost daily and now I feel alot more relaxed about things, I also hate sitting on my laptop dedicating all my evening to blogging or promotion and not uttering more than a couple of words to my hubby (bless him). I also find it incredibly hard to even attempt to blog during the day with 2 kids, it’s almost impossible unless the smallest is napping. I always have to remind myself it’s a hobby and not my job but I am proud of my little corner of the internet. Thanks for sharing such a great post with the #bestandworst ๐Ÿ™‚
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  22. The Little Tourist
    April 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    This is a great reminder and something that we fellow bloggers need to hear on a regular basis!
    Thanks for sharing at Cool Mum Club ๐Ÿ™‚
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  23. Leanne
    April 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    To echo previous sentiments…Thank you for this post. I always feel like I need to post everyday- or possibly have at least the goal to post everyday. But teaching full time and mommying to 3 tiny people full time, I find myself sacrificing sleep and a whole host of other things to attempt to meet that “goal.” With your new insights, I certainly should rethink my goals. There are so many similar reasons why I love my blog, and really hope to one day be able to quit teaching and make a part time income with it but I guess attempting to post everyday isn’t the way to go about it. I’d love to learn more about the methods and strategies that you have used to far to grow your blog. I found a wonderful “tribe” on FB, we’d love to have you! Also, I found you on the WayWow View From In Here Linkup ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Talya
    April 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I think what you said about not being quick at writing a post has a lot to do with it. A lot of other bloggers have asked me how I manage to put out so much but I think it’s purely because I am such a fast writer. I can bang out a post in 5 minutes more often than not. It’s about what sits right with you, so stick with that and you’ll be grand! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub hon x
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  25. Ellen
    April 7, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I enjoyed this. I am still pretty new to it all and find it quite a struggle to manage more than one post a week sometimes as I’m not willing to sacrifice time with my husband or baby and things we want to do to spend time on the blog. I don’t want blogging to be a chore or a drag. It’s all about finding what suits you and your family and making it work. #coolmumclub

  26. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    April 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I’m with you – I’m in awe of people who post daily, but I know that it wouldn’t work for me. I aim for 3 times a week, and that seems to give me a good balance between blog and life, and allows me to post things that I’m generally pretty happy with. I try to stick to naptimes and maybe a few evenings too, and this seems to give me roughly the right amount of time. Love your point about all of those hugely successful blogs that don’t post daily too – for some reason I’d never stopped to think about that! #coolmumclub
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  27. Wendy
    April 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    So many bloggers start blogging as new moms, I started blogging from the empty nest. I thought I would be publishing every day and just accomplishing all kinds of crazy stuff with “all the free time” I now had. Can I just say I’m THRILLED if I get two posts a week out?? One is pretty standard for me, though I have had times when that doesn’t even happen. Life is just always there, tossing things our way! But then, without that, what would we even blog about? ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I strive for three posts per week, but I’ve never made it consistently. I am currently doing my own version of the April A to Z Challenge (26 posts in April) — I changed it to April and May. I knew there was no way in the world I could post six times a week unless I was just saying “Good morning!” Three posts a week is a challenge for me right now, but that’s okay. It sounds to me like you have your priorities straight! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  28. Cheryl
    April 7, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Can totally relate to this! I posted last week about the reasons to remember why I blog beyond blogging for the stats. It’s so easy to get drawn into the obsession of looking at numbers and comparing yourself to other bloggers. I also think that most bloggers get addicted, and the process of linkys, social media etc. all takes up huge amounts of time. It can mean you end up neglecting your family to deal with your blog which I agree is not what it should be about. If you’re lucky enough to be one of those people who are earning a full time wage through blogging then that’s brilliant, I think the rest of us are muddling through and not at the expense of our families!! xx #CoolMumClub
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  29. Sarah - To Maternity & Beyond
    April 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Great post! My blog is still new… and I have no idea where it’s going. I do know I am not prepared to put pressure on myself to churn out posts every day – at the moment I’m just about managing about one per week! Funnily enough my last post was about not taking on too much at once (in general) and I don’t want the blog to become another chore that takes me away from spending time with my family. Agree with your sentiments x #coolmumclub
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  31. wendy
    April 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I couldn’t blog every day either. Not because it would take me a long time to write but I couldn’t be bothered to try and promote that many posts a week, some of them would probably end up being neglected. I post 3 times a week and this works really well for me. I always have posts ready to go on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and I plan a few weeks in advance what I am going to write. I definitely agree it is important to remember why you started blogging, otherwise you can get bogged down thinking about stats and fall out of love with the whole thing. Great post xx #picknmix
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  32. Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot
    April 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I would love to be able to blog more often but I just don’t have the time! It was easier when my son was younger because he’d have a nice long nap in the afternoon so I could blog but naps are a rarity these days. I do a bit throughout the day but my son is 3 so I’d much rather be out having fun or snuggled up on the sofa watching a film! I tend to blog once or twice a week and that suits me, I write about things I want to rather than panicking and writing about any old thing, just to get something out! #picknmix

  33. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    April 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve been blogging for 4 months now and have found that I am being sucked into it more and more. I first thought that I would blog 3 times a week and it has just started to become more frequently. But I only blog twice a week in nap times and three evening and I get done what I get done in that time. The rest of the time I just dip in and out of social media and emails. I love blogging, but my girls are only going to be at home with me for a short while before school and I want to cherish this time. x p.s if your still looking for a tribe member, I’m in!
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  34. Elaine Estes
    April 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Oh, yes! You are so right! It takes me hours and editing over and over. I can not afford the sit down time to blog everyday. I am learning this from the April A -Z Bloggers Challenge. The daily posts don’t have to be long but they are keeping me up late finishing them if I had a busy day! I do enjoy the challenge, getting to know so many other bloggers, the exposure of my blog and the support given and received to and by other bloggers. But how many other bloggers can one follow and read everyday and still write everyday and have a life?? Thanks for your insights!!

  35. Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    April 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I love this post. It really rings true with how I feel about blogging, I’ve been blogging for over a year and I find it very easy to get sucked in and dream of making things bigger, better, more ‘successful’ BUT I can’t balance that with my family at the moment. And so I don’t publish very regularly. I don’t do reviews, and I don’t spend long publicising posts…I’m only on Twitter (well I’m attempting Facebook but it’s not going so well!). I know this will mean I won’t be making any money, winning any awards or getting off the chart stats (I don’t look because I know they’ll be low!) but it does mean I have the luxury of writing under very little pressure and no personal expectation of, I don’t know, going viral or something! That suits at the moment but maybe in time I’ll become ‘more’ of everything. I think understanding your balance and priorities is key, sounds like you have! #coolmumclub it was such a long comment I can’t remember where I came from…hope it was #coolmumclub!!!

  36. becca farrelly
    April 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m completely with you! I put myself under so much pressure when I first started out and was getting so irritated when I didn’t get a blog post done a month, let alone a week, as well as building my blog and social media following! I now blog once a fortnight as Mia doesn’t nap in the day and I don’t want every evening to be filled with working. I sit on the laptop probably about 3 evenings a week and since discovering scheduling tweets and posts, its made life easier!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    #PicnMix

  37. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    April 8, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I post between 2-4 times a week…more if there’s a brand post to squeeze in there at the last minute. I just wouldn’t have the time to do it justice otherwise. Great post and very true about the 3 bloggers you mentioned xx
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  38. RACHEL
    April 8, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Last year while i was working full time i only used to blog when i had the time so once or twice a week. Now i am on maternity leave i do have more time and post a lot more often. most days in fact, but then my posts are not very long. I use my blog as a journal really and now i am a first time mum even more so, recording our little journey. x

    #picknmix
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  39. Cornish Kids
    April 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Yes! I keep telling myself my blog is just for fun and documenting family life, but it’s easy to slip into getting all serious about it. I can spend a whole evening on a post (whilst watching TV with a glass of wine -so maybe I don’t take it that seriously!). It’s tempting to keep ‘feeding the beast’ with new posts. Hope you can find the elusive balance.
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  40. Laura @ Little Ladies Big World
    April 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I can totally relate to this. Since starting my blog in January I have blogged when I have felt I wanted to and had the time. It has been such a mix, helped me to appreciate the ordinary but then worry I am not blogging ‘enough’. It has taken time but I realise I’m ok with that and I’m a small fish in a big pond so just do what I want and what fits in with my life right now. First and foremost it’s for me and In the future I won’t wish I sat at the computer more but I might wish I sat on the floor with my Little Ladies. Lovely post xx
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  41. bread
    April 9, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I do wonder about bloggers who manage to post every day, how much can they be putting into their words if it’s every day? #PicknMix

  42. Savannah
    April 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    It’s so easy to compare yourself to other bloggers, isn’t it?! But, everyone’s life seems perfect online, haha
    I’m so hard on myself when it comes to blogging and, in the past month or two, I’ve really had to take a step back and decide where I want to spend my time. This was an eye-opening post for me. Thanks for sharing x #coolmumclub

  43. Jessica (@ModernMomsLife)
    April 10, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Visiting from #coolmumclub!
    There is no way I will ever do a post a day. Besides being a wife and mother of 2 I also work outside the home. Right now I’m being a bit blog-intensive since I just moved from Blogger to WordPress and I need to get some content on my new site! Great post, and I share all your sentiments!

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 12, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Jessica – it’s just not possible for everyone is it?! Good luck with WP – I love it x

  44. Katie @mummydaddyme
    April 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning me in this post, what a lovely thing to read. I really enjoyed it and I completely agree with you with what you have said about blogging every day. I have never blogged every day, I will always post at least once or twice a day, sometimes more if I have more to say, but usually it is once or twice. I find if I post more that yes, I will get more hits but I think it devalues my content almost if that makes sense? So I would rather post and have people wait for the next one (if they actually do haha!) than skim them because they have read one most days. I think as well with social media, you can also share almost like a micro blog of your life as well on instagram and twitter, meaning that you are still active online, and of course you can tweet out old content as well. Anyway I am rambling, but thanks so much for mentioning me, it made my day! xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 12, 2016 at 10:44 am

      You’re welcome Katie! I love your blog, it’s fab. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – I think it can be easy for bloggers to always aspire to be bigger and better but I do think that posting every day isn’t always the answer. As you say, it’s all abut writing content that will be valued. I personally always open posts from my favourite bloggers who post 3/4 times a week – anymore than that and I ignore a few. Happy to have made your day! xx

  45. Nikki
    April 12, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I am so with you here! Lately I’ve been struggling to post, other than link parties, once a week. Life has been crazy. And then I see bloggers that post 10 times a week. How the heck do they find the time to do this?

    It does take me a really long time to write a post, hours, upon hours. I write, read, reread, read out loud, edit it a little more, read it out loud again. Then I might publish. If there is no way that I could post every single day, I also like to post longer articles, so I need to take that into consideration. The one nice thing about having your own blog, is that you are your own boss, and that you need to give yourself a little Grace when life gets too busy for posting. And hopefully your readers will too.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 13, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      I’m having a bit of bloggers block lately and struggling to post so it’s good to hear that others struggle too – in a completely selfish way hehe!! I do think life gets the better of all of us from time to time but I’m sure our blogs will forgive us! X

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  47. mummyofboygirltwins
    April 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Great post – and reading all the comments! I do post most days, but if I don’t have anything to say then I don’t stress about it. I love writing and don’t find it a chore at all – in fact, I wish I could fit more in!!!! But I can only do this now that my twins are at preschool during the day. Before I grabbed time here & there. I think everyone should find their own balance and be happy with that xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Wise words jess – it’s all about what you’re personally happy with and what you have time for. I do love writing but every now and again I’ll find a post a chore and I know that’s when I’ve taken on too much xx

  48. Sam
    April 13, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I completely agree with this! Especially the part about being your own boss. The whole reason for me loving my blog is that I am in control of it and I can do what I like – and that means not putting pressure on myself to post everyday xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  49. Sonia
    April 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve only just started blogging and am loving it! But, I’m going slow and just doing one post a week. I’d love to make some money from it eventually but for now with three kids and a 30 (sometimes more) hour/ week job, that’s how it’s got to be if I want to have some sort of family life, keep my hubby and occasionally sleep!! I really don’t want to get to a stage where I post for the sake to posting- if I don’t think it’s interesting, I’d prefer to leave it rather than post ramberling rubbish! I don’t think I’ll ever post everyday! Xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I posted one a week for about six months before I upped the ante. I think whatever makes you happy personally and whatever you have time for is right – once you start to stress out about not posting and stop enjoying it, you’re doing too much. Xx

  50. Azaria
    April 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This post is me all over. I definitely feel I compare myself to other bloggers especially in terms of photography which I’m trying to improve but I’ve only been doing it for a short while. I really need to stop comparing myself though and start doing it for myself again.

    Azaria

    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

      I’m trying to improve my photography too – I do think that you improve so much without even realising most of the time. I think with blogging you learn as you go. Good luck with your goals x

  51. mummyandmonkeys
    April 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Fab post, I had a total metldown the other week after putting in a load of effort and feeling like I was going nowhere. I’ve scaled right back this last week and although my to do list is piling up I’m not taking on anything more until it is cleared so I can do less. I love your blog btw happy to be in your tribe ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for linking to #PicknMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:34 am

      I often find that when I put a load of effort it can make little difference – and other weeks when I’ve been a little lazy my stats can go up!! I think we all struggle with not having enough time to achieve what we want to at some point – but I love your blog too and you’re doing a great job! Xx

  52. Lisa @ The Sequinist
    April 14, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I used to get all worked up about the fact that I don’t blog as frequently as other bloggers, but then again I have a 3 year old so I have to fit blogging around him; he’s the priority, not an instagram feed or my online presence. I blog once a week, and I’m cool with that for now. I’d like to blog more and I might up it to two or three times a week, but I’ll never blog everyday. I have a life away from the internet and I intend to enjoy it! xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I think whatever makes you happy is definitely the most important thing. I used to blog once a week but found I got quicker at it and can now do more in the same time. But fitting it in around kids is definitely a challenge! Xx

  53. Right Royal Mother
    April 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Completely agree. I couldn’t possibly post every day with NG and NC at home ALL THE TIME. I would rather post 2-3 times a week and be really, really proud of what I’ve written than every day. The infographics, like the one on Tots100 today, take AAAGES for example! Then again, it might make me a better writer if I ‘insisted’ that I post more regularly … but I might have a meltdown (aka Mummy and Monkeys! :)) Thanks for making me think about it … think I’ll stick to doing what makes me really happy for now. #brillblogposts
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Good for you – I think your posts are hilarious so you’re obviously doing something right! X

  54. Tim
    April 16, 2016 at 12:11 am

    “The only person judging you is you.” Absolutely right. And the only reader who really matters in the end is also you.

    I think it’s very easy to lose sight of why we started blogging in the first place. Sure, some set out with the aim of making a living from it or being the best this or the biggest that, but in many cases I think we start out writing for ourselves and then get sucked into a world of stats and rankings and awards and all that other stuff. Not that there’s anything wrong with that necessarily, but it’s all about maintaining a sense of proportion. I’m now in a nice rhythm of writing 2-4 posts a week as the mood takes me, I reject 98% of the opportunities I am offered and I have just given up the paying sideline I had writing for a national newspaper website because I wanted the time to focus on other parts of my blogging life that now interest me more.

    I think what interests me most is partly the sense of self-therapy, partly the recording of my children’s lives but also the fact that my blog gives me a creative outlet that is constantly evolving, from simple blog posts to podcasts to musical parodies. That ability to constantly reinvent myself is probably the single biggest thing that keeps me going.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      April 16, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Good for you Tim – sounds like you’ve got it all sussed and love what you do. I agree that having a creative outlet is the single biggest draw for me and mainly why I do it, but I guess it’s human nature to always strive to improve and be better. I think the point you make though is that being better isn’t all about stats and awards etc – it’s about personal development and what makes you happy.

  55. Rebecca
    April 17, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    You have captured so many of my thoughts perfectly. I have already been blogging a few weeks but I can already relate to what you are saying. I admire you for not bending to pressure and maintaining quality over quantity. Fabulous post ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Let your light shine Mummy
    May 13, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I love this, I recently wrote a post that was similar about the pressure and feeling the need to keep up with social media, but that’s not me, and I can’t and won’t blog daily, and sometimes I may go longer than a week, but your right its good to keep the perspective, and remember why we started in the first place.

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 15, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      It can be so hard not to give in to the pressure and feel the need to constantly ‘do more’ – but I’ve found this can just lead to blogger burnout and negative feelings towards it all, which isn’t why I do it. It sounds like you have a good perspective on it all x

  57. Tony "Tone" Vega
    May 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I started my blog, just to write about the crazy and sometimes insane things that happen in my life. But the one thing that I have been doing is, posting when I want to, not because I have to. If I post because I have to, it will take all the fun out of blogging and I really enjoy blogging and all the other bloggers that I have met because of my blog.

  58. Amanda
    May 21, 2016 at 3:13 am

    I can completely relate to this. As a new blogger that is not quite computer literate and not quite sure what I’m doing half the time, writing new content and spreading the word on social media takes a long time! I aim to post twice a week because I don’t want to lose the enjoyment or miss out on family time. We’ll see how it goes from there!

    1. Mum in Brum
      May 22, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      I used to post once a week and gradually built it up as I got quicker and more confident in my writing style. You can only do what you have time for!

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  60. Donna
    December 23, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I love this post. I started taking blogging seriously about 3.5 years ago and aimed to blog daily purely to get my content up. Within a year I was blogging daily because I had content that had to be published – linkies I’d join in with but review posts and collaborations too. I was putting in 35+ hours a week on top of a part time job with the aim of giving up my day job to just blog – which I did in November.
    Now, I have still been blogging daily pretty much consistently but I don’t feel I have to blog every day and skip days whenever I want to. I only post daily because I have content I have to publish but next year I’m aiming to skip more days, not blog daily as much and really just step back a bit – whilst still maintaining the income I hope! It sounds like you have a great balance and your priorities in the right place x
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      January 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      It sounds like you’ve done a great job of building up your blog and turn it into a money earner – that’s great that you were able to give up your day job. It sounds like you’ve done everything right and are in a strong position to be able to step back a little and maintain the income. The income definitely grows with the amount of time you blog, and the amount of effort you’re prepared to initially put in when building it up. Good luck this year! x

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