Topic: Talking About Your Failures and Issues
You know the feeling. You look at your growing to-do list, and then your blog. Its been over two weeks since you’ve last posted, and somehow you can’t think of anything else to talk about! It goes far beyond writer’s block, its a complete overwhelming feeling of not having enough hours in the day.
As a blogger who goes to school full time, works 30+ hours a week and somehow tried to sustain a fashion and lifestyle blog, I am frequently overwhelmed with how much I have to do. And the biggest problem I am facing is that there are days where I look at my blog and tack it onto my to-do list, like a chore that I’ve been dreading. The truth is, not every single week is a good week for blogging. Like everyone else, I have crappy days where literally all I want to do is fall into hole, and the absolute last thing I want is to talk about the latest spring trends. What happens then is that I no longer blog because I enjoy it, I blog because I am concerned about my dwindling traffic.
So how do we beat this? I recently decided to take a brief hiatus from talking about fashion and refocus on something more personal in my life. People can tell when there is no life in your stories, and you should have more pride in your work to blog just for the sake of blogging. The message behind all this is INTENT. Blogging is often considered a shallow work, but it doesn’t have to be. Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted? Talk about it. Chances are, many of your readers, friends and family feel the exact same ways and will relate to you on a more personal level when you talk about your issues.
I recently posted about managing my panic attacks, and the feedback that I received was insane! People who I hadn’t talked to in years messaged me, saying how glad they are that someone finally shared their struggles with panic disorder. My mom’s friend messaged me, overcome with emotion, because she has fought against this for years and she was feeling so glad that we shared this struggle, hoping that we can grow through this together.
The truth is, we are so eager to celebrate our highs, our successes, that we forget that the basis of what makes us human is failure. There is not a single person in the whole world who hasn’t experienced stress, or has had a bad day where they wish that they hadn’t left the bed. It’s okay to share your failures and shortcomings. Chances are, it’s happened to someone else.