Always Behind: Stressful Blogging

As a full time blogger, I always feel like I am behind. When I start my day, I feel like I am working on things that should have been done two days ago, and at the end of my day, I don’t feel a sense of fulfillment, just more stress regarding starting work the next day.

There are always a million things to do, and it feels like I only chip away at a few items a day. There is never that sense of fulfillment that normal people get when completing work, and if you add in the highs and lows of the traffic and comment interaction received on the actual blog posts, you have a recipe for a career that doesn’t feel great. At least when you are working towards meeting other people’s expectations.

From Jeff’s post on the subject:

This feeling of always being behind sucks as it takes its toll on the human mind/emotions. After awhile, blogging isnโ€™t fun anymore at least blogging for others. Now, I should make the point that writing for others is not that bad when you are writing about your passion and working with great people but as an individual, when you are spread out amongst 3-5 websites, the quality of writing suffers, itโ€™s not fun anymore, and I feel as if I gain nothing by subjecting myself to that kind of lifestyle on the web.

I have experienced this throughout my four years of working online, and will probably continue to experience this feeling in the future. It is nice to know that I am not alone, and I hope that others that are experiencing this will all come together and find ways to help each other out.

Blogging as a job isn’t the dream that people make it sound like when they try and sell you that e-book. Understand what you are getting into before you leap in with both feet, and make choices towards employment that you’ll enjoy with the express understanding that you will no doubt enjoy it less once you make it a job.

I have to admit, I am envious of Jeff and his WPTavern idea. I hope it goes well for him, and I hope once he reaches the point where he can work solely for himself that he feels that sense of enjoyment that he currently lacks.

4 thoughts on “Always Behind: Stressful Blogging

  1. Jeffro2pt0

    Yep. It’s the same thing at the grocery store where I work. Come in at 9PM, do the same things, usually some stuff doesn’t get done but it’s a routine job that doesn’t have very many variations and thus, it feels like nothing is accomplished each day because in 24 hours, you’re back to starting from square one again.

    I wonder how happy people are who have jobs where they build things from the ground up and then watch or hear of something being accomplished because of their work. That is a sense of accomplishment that I’d like to feel someday. Work on a project, feel like I’m getting somewhere, accomplishing goals, never starting off from square one, never going in circles, continuing to make headway until the end is reached. That sounds fulfilling just writing about it.

    The site isn’t even live and I’m building links for it already ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ben

    I know exactly what you mean. I’m at that stage with my own website. I tend to now only post on my gaming site, with sporadic posts on my personal site. My other sites take a back seat, and I concentrate on creating new products (and gaming).

    One day I will have more time, but if you have any tips for improving the situation I’m all ears ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ed Sutherland

    There’s an old saying. Like most old sayings, it is grounded in experience: it’s not the destination, but the getting there that’s most rewarding. We knew it when we were kids (the process of hoping for and thinking of, Christmas Day was often more exciting than the socks or the toy which soon collected dust.) We see it as adults, in terms of jobs. The process of working toward the job was better than the day-to-day grind of *having the job.

    So, its the same with online work. The key, I think, is to reserve an activity that is solely for pleasure – it doesn’t earn you a dime, it doesn’t teach you a lesson that can be converted to work, it is totally frivolous. Then, when you are feeling burnt out and seeking a way out, go have some fun, recharge your batteries and gain some “fresh eyes” about your work.

  4. bnpositive

    Great post and one that really causes you to think and try and figure out some things. I’ve become very marred down in things on a variety of fronts lately, both professionally and personally. Just trying to hang in and keep going till it levels out. With regards to Ben’s comment, I wouldn’t count on one-day just having more time, when you’ve got free time on your hands you probably won’t be in any condition to actually enjoy it. One thing I’ve learned and try to keep at the forefront of my mind when it comes to decisions: Saying “Yes” to something is also saying “No” to at least one something else and vice-versa.

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