I am off away for a week to Fuerterventura and although I’m taking my Iphone I’m gonna have a Twitter, Facebook and Blog holiday too. I ve scheduled some posts to run while I’m away so Bang On Style doesnt go completely silent for 7 days. I’m also going to take the week off as a chance to reflect on my blog and whether I want to carry it on or not. I have recently been having a crisis of confidence where the blog is concerned and have found it increasingly disheartening the volume of comments and traffic I get. I spend a huge amount of time on the blog, taking and editing photos, searching for products etc as well as juggling my full time job and trying to maintain a second blog and online shop which recently has been incredibly neglected. I know all you fellow bloggers know how much time blogging can take and how it can take over your life.
I started the blog a year ago to blog about my new shop Bang On Vintage but as the shop moved to WordPress and gained its own onsite blog I made Bang On Style more of a personal blog.
I do love to blog but its hard not to feel like a very small fish in a monstrously huge pond. Many of course will respond and say you should blog because you love it and for no other reason, but there is no-one that can deny how hard it can be spending hours on something for no one to ever see it or respond to it.
I do feel a sense of pressure and competition to live up to other more established blogs – and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this. I would love my blog to be as popular as some of the blogs I read and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to be successful, but the self imposed pressure of this aim seems to make it all the harder when the blog doesn’t seem to going anywhere.
I wonder how others cope with this period of blogging where followers don’t seem to increase and comments dont come even though your input and commitment is increasing by hours and hours. How do you push through and find the motivation to persevere and continue to provide fresh, new and exciting content and stay true to yourself!
So for a week I will reflect and think about where I might go with things. My shop is about to be featured in a Bridal magazine and I know I need to spend some time making Bang On Vintage be all it can be. I may let Bang On Style take a back seat.
I’d love to know peoples thoughts? Hear peoples advice? Do you agree? Are you a new blogger struggling to keep blogging? Do you have tips for keeping motivated? Or are you a well established blog who knows how it feels to go through the growing process??
Please do comment and let me know x