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*ahem* Being a blogger is a trying experience sometimes. This is a fun job, it’s social, and it gives you a lot of freedom. At the same time, it can be exhausting, especially when the hard work you do doesn’t seem to offer a big payoff. I’m intimately familiar with these feelings, and that’s why I have a solution: a Blogger Care Kit!
Some magical being out there would make an actual box with actual things to make this work. I am not that magical being. I am not even a remotely crafty being. But I do have good ideas. See?
1. The Take-a-Break Card—if you need to pause your blog for school, mental health, or literally anything, then do it. Stop. You never have to justify the fact that you need to take a break. Certainly, I think it is an A+ move to say, “Hey, I’m not posting this week/month/year” if you decide to take an extended leave. But you never have to say why. Like going to the bathroom in college, if you need to go, just go.
2. The Worship and Admiration Trove—some days, you may hate your blog. Fortunately, there are always people who like your blog. To remind myself of this, I have a list saved of nice things people have said about my blog or blogging abilities over the last couple years. I can take that encouragement and work knowing that someone cares.
3. The Cool Blogging Neighbors—look up! You have a great blogging community around you. Sometimes, the best way to stop getting hung up on your own blog is to spend time on someone else’s. Let them make you laugh. Comment back. Encourage them, or respond to one of their posts in your own. Hit them up on Twitter for a chat. There are great people (including me) who you can reach out to should you ever need help or encouragement. That, I promise.
4. The Blog-Free Zone—of course, sometimes you might need to separate yourself from blogging entirely. I’d recommend keeping some form of social media where you don’t need to use your blogging persona, or perhaps logging off the internet entirely. Watch a movie or read a book with no intent to blog about it. Take a walk in the park. Catch some Pokémon. I believe in you.
5. The Bid at Something New—and, if it feels like your blog is stuck in a rut, exhausting and impossible, remember that this is YOUR blog. You can make changes as needed, even when they’re hard. Give up a blogging day, change your theme, update your bio, talk about something new… do SOMETHING to recharacterize yourself as a blogger.
You are important. You are important as a blogger, and you are more important than your blog. Be sure to take care of yourself, okay? Okay.