Blog Anxieties

Blog-Anxieties

Years ago when I first started blogging it was so simple and I did not give it much thought although I should have. I would write what I thought and post any image with it. Now, as a more seasoned blogger, I try to make sure everything is perfect such as what I have to say, spelling, grammar and, the images or graphics to go with it. Blogging is a lot of work to say the least. I used to be so carefree and I have found that I get anxiety and it’s probably ridiculous, but it is what it is.

I never run out of things to talk about and post on here. I actually find myself with an abundance of topics, but what holds me back is all the over thinking that goes with it. Will people like what I have to say? Will they care? Do my pictures look okay? Is my graphic the best? These are the things that are constantly going through my head and worrying me. There are so many amazing bloggers out there and if I said I do not compare myself to them, well I would be lying plain and simple. As much as I try not to, I do.

I will write a post like this one and then it could take me a few days to pair it with a graphic or image that I like. Since I am a graphic designer, I always feel like every single thing I put out has to be flawless and even sometimes after I hit publish I continue over thinking. Am I the only blogger that gets this anxiety?

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22 Comments
  • Sophie

    11.11.14 at 10:55 pm Reply

    I was feeling a bit like this.. until recently. I realised my blog is for ME and it just so happens some people enjoy reading it. Sure, I care about their opinions and whether or not they will enjoy a post. But ultimately, if I want to write about something, I need to write about it and hit publish.

    I suppose it all depends on WHY you’re blogging.

    I blog as a hobby. I have a business and I blog for fun, because I enjoy it, because I want to. Not because I want to make money from it or get thousands of readers or “become blogger famous.”

    If someone wants to make money, a career, or whatever from blogger that’s fine.. but then they have to pander to mass appeal. I don’t. So I can write what I want and be satisfied I am “being true to oneself.”

    • Noor

      11.11.14 at 11:04 pm

      You are so right and while I do know all that I still have all these issues. I have never taken any money for my blog and I do not want to ever do that. I do not want to make my personal blogging into something that I feel like I have to pander to bc someone paid me or expects something. Now my shop of course I sale designs and even though I am merging the names they are not the same nor will I ever want them to. Like you, this is a hobby and a way to release creativeness.

  • Kelsey

    11.11.14 at 10:55 pm Reply

    Heh, raising my hand over here!

    I try to all ways keep in mind that ‘done is better than perfect’ and hit publish. I could sit around and tweak for weeks if I didn’t take on that mentality. It helps to think that there is always an edit button ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Noor

      11.11.14 at 11:05 pm

      Okay, well now I am not feeling so weird and know that I may not be the only one lol. Yes, thank God for that edit button.

  • Kelly

    11.11.14 at 11:11 pm Reply

    It’s so easy to fall into the anxiety sometimes. When ever I start to go down that road I remember something I read in an article… “Stay in your lane”. That helps me remember to push forward with what you believe and don’t worry so much about comparing yourself to others. just ‘Stay in your Lane’ … Kelly http://www.thepoetryofliving.com

  • Katie

    11.11.14 at 11:46 pm Reply

    I’ve been getting similar anxieties about starting a blog…I only have a few posts on my site and it is really more of a “Hey, look at these things I did,” than the blog I want it to be. But, like you, there are so many things I want to write about I don’t know where to begin. Should I just stick to my art/design work? Will people be interested if I talk about travel, fashion, music, etc? What if no one cares about anything I write (and so on…)?

    That being said, your blog always catches my interest and your variety of topics flow together quite well. I would have never guessed that you get blogger’s anxiety, as you seem like a pro to me. But it’s also nice to know that this kind of nervousness is not uncommon — Thank you for sharing your experience!

    • Noor

      11.12.14 at 8:06 pm

      You know I had those exact thoughts and really still do. I started out as lifestyle, but some how it became more a design blog and that was by accident only bc I enjoy it I guess. I gave that little survey to see what people thought and it seems they like the design stuff better than lifestyle so lol. It was eye opening for me.

      That is really sweet of you to say and it makes me feel a bit better knowing people actually like what I have to say.

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    11.12.14 at 12:27 am Reply

    I’m pretty sure you aren’t the only blogger who has felt like this! When my blog was still on Tumblr, I was quite carefree with what I blogged, but after switching platforms to Blogger, I’ve been much more sparse. That could also be because I’ve just started college and have a lot more going on, but I feel like that isn’t the sole reason. Anyways, I love reading “stream of consciousness” posts like these ๐Ÿ™‚ Posts don’t always have to be elaborate! I gotta practice what I preach haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Noor

      11.12.14 at 8:07 pm

      When I was in college blogs were not even a thing and it was not that long ago, but great now I feel like a senior citizen lol. Thanks for your kind words and I appreciate you and all your sweet comments always.

  • Divya

    11.12.14 at 6:50 am Reply

    This post was almost a reflection of my own worries and thoughts about my blog! I have good days sometimes when I am confident and happy with what I have put up and it automatically gets a lot of readership and likes but other times when I am not so sure it somehow transmits itself into poor readership for that post! Lesson learnt : don’t publish half-heartedly ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Noor

      11.12.14 at 7:54 pm

      You know what’s funny it seems the things I think will be popular never are as much as the things I do not give a second though to. Is it that way for you too?

  • Peachygoods

    11.12.14 at 3:17 pm Reply

    I understand completely! I’m a graphic designer as well and everyone then expects that whatever you do is flawless and perfect. I’m not really that kind of person who wants everything to be perfect. I want it to look nice and how I have got it in my head, but a lot of the time I like things to be flawed. That’s the beauty of being human I guess. If I want everything to be super perfect, I would have to become a robot, and what fun would that be :p But lately I have been trying to find a new look for my blog, and every single theme I try out, ends up totally messed up. A lot of the time things don’t work as they show you in the live demo or you of course have to upgrade to do all the cool stuff. So changing the look of my blog constantly does make me very unsure people still are liking it and I still can’t get it right. On that note, I love the look of yours!

    • Noor

      11.12.14 at 7:53 pm

      I guess I should say perfect to me as I know my perfect is not everyone elses’, but yea I am hard on myself and it’s pretty silly I know, but even when we know those things they will not go away ugh lol. Thank you so much for your kind words about the site. I actually wanted to change it for over half a year and bc of my weird anxieties it held me back. It was been SO much work getting this look, but I am happy and it will be my look for along while now.

  • emma

    11.12.14 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I totally know where you’re coming from, I feel like this every time I post something. I have noticed that it definitely holds me back sometimes from even clicking publish! I always love everything you post and the graphics/images you put with them. Maybe we are putting pressure on ourselves more than we actually should?

    By the way I LOVE your new look ( though it may not be that new now… I’ve been taking a break) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Noor

      11.12.14 at 7:50 pm

      It’s only a few weeks old so thank you. How has your break been? I have to wait until Summer for mine bc business is slow. And wow thank you that is so sweet to say. I am sure I am and I know it’s silly. Maybe no one would ever notice and I think about this a lot, but still I do it lol.

  • Noemi

    11.13.14 at 12:05 am Reply

    For me is the same!

    • Noor

      11.15.14 at 12:09 am

      I feel so much better knowing that I am not alone.

  • Marie @ Marie Away

    11.14.14 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I feel like I’ve gotten less anxiety since I started posting regularly a couple of months ago. I feel more confident from the support I’ve gotten in comments, and have realized that people are not just waiting around to tear me apart. At the same time, a little bit of anxiety is a good thing. It means you are more aware and will put effort in to creating something with quality. Cheers!

    • Noor

      11.15.14 at 12:03 am

      You’re so right about comments giving you confidence and I agree with everything you said.

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