Blogger Guilt

I don’t know if this is a real thing that anyone else can relate to, but recently I’ve been feeling something that I’ve coined as blogger guilt.

It’s this feeling that I get when I don’t post 5 days a week because I either don’t have the time, creative energy, or desire to do so.

I think it’s closely related to the comparison trap.

I blog because I like writing, but apparently there are a few of you who enjoy reading this blog for entertainment, and that’s where some of my guilt comes in to play. Not keeping up, not entertaining, not being as creative as other bloggers.

SO DUMB, right?

I’m in awe of bloggers who post every day (or multiple times a day!) Seriously, I don’t know how they find the time, or lead such interesting lives which can produce entertaining blog material that often.

(FYI: What a blogger had for lunch does not qualify as interesting IMO)

I mean really, to be honest, I am not that interesting! I go to work, I eat the same boring foods every day, I go to the same workout classes, and sometimes I put a crude and/or humorous spin on a casual situation and then write about it.

As much as I tell myself, “Colleen, don’t be a dumb bitch. Your blog is so underwhelming, it truly doesn’t matter when you post” I still have a tiny bit of nagging when I don’t get to it, or frustration when I can’t think of anything interesting to say.

…And now you know how crazy I am.

Have any other bloggers experienced blogger guilt? Maybe if you’re not a blogger, you’ve felt this way about another aspect of your life?

Or maybe I’m just a diva.

Comments

  1. kristin says

    I’ve never had a public blog, but what you’re saying makes sense. I can see how that would easily happen. I feel like I would think “oh no! People are going to be done with me if I keep having days I don’t post.”
    Just wanted to tell you it isn’t true from my perspective as a reader. I think your posts are hilarious and refreshing compared to even the most “mainstream” blogs. Even if they don’t come every day it’s always nice to see them when your posts pop up in my reader. I always read yours because they’re genuine and real! No canned excitement over “the most delicious lunch of scrambled eggs EVER!” :)
    Much, much, MUCH better to blog less frequently and keep up with being you (in real life and on your blog) than to throw in forced posts simply to post every day.

  2. says

    Yes, I always feel bad when I don’t post as often. I’m going on vacation soon, and I want to take a break from blogging, but in the back of my head, I’m paranoid that I’m going to lose all of my followers or something. It’s silly, really, because it isn’t like this is my full-time job. Anyway, I love reading your blog, and it’s okay that you don’t post everyday!

  3. Sienna says

    I love your blog! Whether you post three times a week or seven, I’ll still enjoy reading it when you do. Honestly, I can’t handle the blogs that post multiple times a day. Who has time to read that often? And you’re right, I don’t need to just read about what they’ve eaten and what workout they’ve done. I like your variety and that you talk about those things sometimes but not all the time. Keep writing but don’t worry if its only a few times per week. I’ll still definitely keep reading!

  4. says

    just want to say that your blog is not underwhelming – you have one of the blogs i most look forward to reading and it’s because you have such a great (and needed) realistic point of view in this world where comparing and extreme habits are lauded. your tweet yesterday about hating when a should takes place of a want really hit home with me and so did this post – i’m trying to focus more on the want instead of the should especially when it comes to food and exercise. obviously sometimes i’m going to eat veggies because i “SHOULD” (if i didn’t i would never eat a vegetable) but i want to do more of what i want too…i think i’ll be much happier that way :)

  5. says

    I experience this every now and then and feel the same way. I follow a M-W-F posting “schedule” and when Friday rolls around and I have nothing to say, I get frustrated. However, I think quality trumphs quantitiy any day, and you’ve got that covered, so try not to be so hard on yourself (and I’ll do the same)! :)

  6. kimathungryhealthygirl says

    Your not just a diva, I totally get blogger guilt. I agree, I don’t see how some bloggers are able to post multiple times a day. One thing I have figured out is that many of them don’t have full time jobs outside of the home. My problem is that once I started posting 7 days a week, it became somewhat of a habit. I feel like I have to stay on schedule. Just know….you are totally not alone in blogger guilt. ;)

  7. says

    I’ve never really had blogger guilt? I do like to blog everyday if I can. But on days when there isn’t anything to talk about I don’t. I love your blog, you post when your feeling sassy and it’s a fun read. PLEASE do not start blogging your daily meals I beg of you… that crap is just that crap. Everytime I see a what I ate today post I want to punch myself in the face. If there isn’t a recipe I don’t care what you ate.

  8. says

    I totally know the feeling. Sometimes I feel anxious because I feel obligated to post every day, even if I don’t have anything to say, just because that’s what “everybody else is doing.” It’s something I’m working on – say what you need to say, when you want to say it.

  9. says

    Totally understand blogger guilt. I sometimes feel it a little bit, but for the most part, I see my blog as a hobby and not a job. If I don’t have time to get to it, or I really just plain ol’ don’t feel like blogging, I don’t and I don’t feel bad about it anymore. I think my readers would rather have less frequent posts that are at least semi-interesting instead of a “forced” post that doesn’t talk about much of anything. I love it when you put a post together, but definitely stick to the routine that works for you!

  10. says

    You’re most definitely not a diva, and blogger guilt is a real thing. I know we can all tell you not to feel bad because you’re fabulous and your blog is a breath of fresh air, but having suffered from a fair share of blogger guilt myself, I also know that it’s kind of hard not to feel guilty when you place those expectations on yourself.

  11. says

    I can relate! I thought I had to post every day, then I realized my content was going downhill. I then focused on quality over quantity. I think that’s the most important part! We are all unique and need to stay true to ourselves – if that means posting 3 times a day (no way do I have time for that) or once a week!

  12. Kim says

    Don’t worry about it! This may be rude, but I actually find it funny bloggers post more than once a day. Honestly, it seems as though they are just trying to obtain a huge audience so they can make a living out of blogging. Your blog shows that you have an awesome career, a social life outside of blogging, aren’t completely obsessed with your husband, and do not try and make your lufe seem so cookie cutter & perfect. I’d like to hear more about your job, why you chose it, advice you could give, etc. That sort of stuff is much more interesting than what someone ate for each meal!

  13. says

    I hear ya. My posts started to be more about my drunken weekend recaps, than my healthy weekday living. I started to think I was a sham to the healthy living community. Plus, when the workouts went out the window, then I really threw in the towel on blogging.

  14. says

    I totally understand! I have gone from blogging a few time a week to 5 days, back to only a few times. I have NO idea how people can find so much content for their blogs.

  15. says

    I’m totally with you — I struggle some days to find anything “intersting” to blog about! Plus, it’s totally cool to actually live life rather than writing about it! And I’m totally with you on food posts, i actually HATE WIAW or anything like it!

  16. says

    Totally — although I don’t have a large readership because I write about random things mainly to keep my far-away friends & family in the loop about my life. But I definitely feel blogger guilt when I don’t post regularly for them … and by “regularly” I mean once a week. :)

  17. says

    I didn’t post this morning and it’s been on my mind all day so far, which I know is stupid too! It’s weird how much pressure we put on ourselves for something that’s just for fun, for the most part, anyway….I’m impressed by those bloggers who post so often too, though I’m one of those people who DOES love to see what others had for lunch :) I love reading your blog though and definitely don’t mind that you don’t post every single day!

  18. says

    I actually just posted something similar to this. I think often times with blogging we do compare ourselves to others, ect. For me personally I don’t have a lot going on right now so I have plenty of time to post (and I keep m posts short). When I do have things going on I feel somewhat guilty about not posting but then realize…it is called my real life for a reason. ha ha.

  19. says

    I totally know how you feel! I normally try to post mon – fri but when work is busy it doesn’t happy and if I don’t work out it doesn’t happen… In the next week and a half I can think of ohhh 1 blog post to write and that is a race recap. Other than that I am taking a full 7 days off from working out, the rest of my being is not that exciting! It’s cool, lets be medium exciting together, problem solved.

  20. says

    I know what you mean. I really don’t post over the weekend, because I’m honestly too damn tired to wake up early on a Saturday after work all week! I see these bloggers with like 10 posts from one weekend and I feel guilt that I enjoyed myself rather than blogging. But that’s me. It would be great to have blogging as a full time job, I love it – but I need money, more, and with a full time job comes needing a break!!

  21. says

    I FEEL THIS ALL THE TIME!!!!!! It’s awful, because last year I was someone who posted almost five times a week, and now I can barely make it to one post a week. But I’m with you, posting three times a day with pictures of the same food can get very boring, very fast. I only post when I have something to say, and if that’s only once a week or once a month, then so be it. I’m sure the people who take the time to read my blog do it because I have something to say, regardless of the frequency of posts. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s all about QUALITY, not quantity! And that’s why I always love your blog :)

  22. says

    Even though I haven’t been blogging for long at all yet I do know what you mean. Not blogging “often enough” can make me feel disappointed by myself. As others said, though, it helps me to remind myself that it’s more about the quality than quantity of posts. Also, writing should be fun and how fun is a post that you had to force yourself to write? Just keep going with your flow and everything will work out.

  23. says

    I totally understand this blogger guilt thing. My friend encouraged me to start my blog http://www.naturallykristi.com last summer and I so struggle to post regularly. I am actually going to try a new plan starting next week, of posting on a regular schedule, with planned out subjects. I am concerned of how it will go. It was almost like I needed to make a change or close up shop. I agree, I don’t know that I am that interesting…I don’t take great photographs and I wonder why anyone cares what I have to say. I found your blog through another I read…maybe Clean Eating Chelsey, not sure? I enjoy your updates….maybe a bit of a break and regouping would be best right now. Just know, your readers are out there when you post.

  24. Prayers and Apples says

    You are so not alone! I posted an article called “I DON’T KNOW HOW TO BLOG!” (it’s under my personal posts category) and this subject should’ve def been in it! I tried posting every day and it was consuming my life! So then I tried making a schedule of certain days a week, but then even that seemed like too much pressure… So the other day I posted that I’m just going to write whenever I feel like it (my readers are probably like: umm, you’re a crazy person lol) and somehow that inspired me to pump out posts for every day of next week?! i think it’s a mental thing lol i say quality over quantity though – post when you feel you really have something to say :)

  25. says

    I totally hear you!! I really honestly think that most bloggers DO just lead more interesting lives than me. I’m cool with it, though. Me and my boring life are doing just fine ;)

  26. says

    I agree, it is hard to blog about the same things all the time.

    Yet, right now, in my defense I did say for Lent I would blog daily… however, once Lent is over; my posts will go back to being rare and totally not everyday. Probably once a week, or so!

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