Let’s Keep Blogging Fun

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I’ve recently been reading some posts and messages on social media where people are asking for advice because blogging has got to the stage of stressing them out and/or making them feel guilty.

I’ve written about this subject before, and know exactly how these bloggers are feeling, having been through the whole blogging ‘feeling guilty’ trip, myself.

One of the reasons why I signed up for WordPress was because I thought blogging would be fun.

One year in, I found myself becoming very stressed and feeling guilty because I wasn’t able to keep up with reading all the new blog posts being published by the bloggers I was following.

Some days, I was finding myself doing little else but reading and leaving comments on blog posts. Some of the bloggers I was following were publishing more than a few blog posts a day, and I soon found myself apologising to people for not reading their posts or for not being on WordPress 24 hours a day!

Then it struck me that I was not doing the main thing that I’d come here to do – to write!

Now, although I do possess a few superpowers, I’m afraid that one of them is not being able to read every single new blog post from bloggers whom I follow.

I began to see this as a problem, and my blog was a monster that was doing everything it could to make me want to fight it.

Then, one morning, I woke up, switched on my computer and got that horrible feeling I would get when I didn’t want to go to school or go to work.

I soon realised that I had two choices about blogging. Either I gave it up, or I had to change the blogger I had become.

It didn’t take me long in making my choice. After all, I’d created my blog so that I could write and share my thoughts with anybody who stopped by and wanted to listen to what I had to say.

I decreased my reading time and began to write more.

I took some time to make a list of the people who were commenting on my blog posts and who were sharing my posts on social media.

I stopped following back every single blogger who followed my blog. If they didn’t have an ‘about me’ page, so I could find out more of who they were, or they blogged about subjects that did not interest me, then I passed on by.

As time went on, I began to unfollow bloggers whose blogs changed into the content I didn’t find interesting anymore.

I stopped reading blogs posts that did not interest me regardless of who had written and published them.

I unfollowed some bloggers who continued to fail to respond to questions or acknowledge comments other bloggers and I were leaving on posts.

I didn’t feel guilty about this because it was freeing up time for me; time which I could either spend writing or supporting those bloggers who took the time to read and comment on my posts.

If you find yourself in a situation where blogging is making you feel guilty and/or stressing you out, then you need to face the questions I was asking myself.

I’m afraid there’s no magic answer. What worked for me may not work for you but, whatever you do, ensure you do all you can to make blogging fun again.

Isn’t that the reason why you came here in the first place?

Take control of both your blog and your blogging habits and stop feeling guilty about not reading and commenting on every single blog post or unfollowing blogs that you no longer have any interest in.

Sure, you may lose some followers along the way (don’t we all?), but it’s not going to finish you off as a blogger.

In fact, most of those that do unfollow you probably don’t comment or read your blog posts anyway, so it’s no big deal (unless your only interest is as a ‘follower’ hunter).

If like me, you decide to stay (and I hope you do), the passion you had for coming here in the first place will come back and put you back on the right blogging track.

Have you ever found yourself feeling guilty or stressed out because of blogging?

Are you somebody who keeps apologising because you’ve not been able to spend as much time as you like reading and commenting on posts?

What did you do to get over feeling guilty or stressed out by blogging?

Leave me a comment and join in the debate.

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289 thoughts on “Let’s Keep Blogging Fun

  1. I really enjoyed this post. Although I am not a very prolific writer, I am much more enthusiastic about writing than reading.

    This is my first time reading any of your posts, but I was enticed by the title of this when it was reblogged from Sue Vincent. Maybe I’ll have to stick around and read some more of your posts!

    Actually, though I like to participate in some of Sue’s Thursday #writephoto prompts, I find that when following her blog, I can only READ the posts sparingly since it is not unusual for her blog to produce ten or more posts in a day, and being a college math professor, the blog is a hobby and not my job.

    One thing that I am not particularly fond of is the “non-human” followers that you can receive, who never actually participate in the discussion but just follow and then are never tracked.

    Some of the bloggers that I follow are friends, even if the topics are not always interesting. It is somewhat of a “loyalty” issue to me, because I have unwavering loyalty to my friends.

    1. Thank you Noah, and thank you for the follow.

      Those blog post titles are so important because unless they attract us to click the link and take a look, then we could very well be missing out on a great post. But, that’s a post for another day.

      I also participate in Sue’s #writephoto challenge, although not every week. It’s impossible to read the new blog posts of every blogger we follow (unless we maybe only follow a very small number of bloggers) and I think most bloggers realise that. However, many still seem to get stressed out and feel guilty about it. That’s why a post like this was needed so I could let everyone know who is going through the same situation that they are not alone. But (yes, there is a but) reading and commenting on the posts of other bloggers is a very important part of blogging and at the heart of many blogging communities. It’s rare that a blogger who does not read and comment on any other blogger’s posts will get a loyal following themselves. There are a few that buck the trend, but I put those bloggers in the same category as those who write their first book and it becoming an international best seller.

      I’ve written about those ‘non-human’ followers before and refer to them as ‘Ghost Followers’. Although many only follow in the hope that you will follow back and boost their blog follow numbers and then never return, there are a few that do read but never leave a comment. You can’t track them, but I have been told by some professional bloggers that these readers do exist.

      Thank you so much for your comments and thoughts on this subject.

  2. Oh yes, I’ve had the same thoughts recently Hugh. I’ve just gone back into the workforce and it’s been very challenging, to say the least. I’ve had little energy to read and comment, let alone write, yet still I’m getting new followers. Then the guilt sets in but I’m learning to do just as you did. In fact everything you said and did resonated with me. I’ll always respond to a comment but if people just hit like or follow but then nothing else I won’t bother going any further. My time is precious, I’d rather spend it on my loyal readers. Great post Hugh.

    1. Thanks very much, Miriam. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Finding that right balance can be very difficult, especially if we allow the guilt and stress to stay with us. However, I soon learned that many other bloggers were in the same position as I found myself in. Once I found out what worked for me, I shared the details and the results for me have been very good. It’s great to see from the comments just how many others are now doing the same. I seem to have hit on a subject many of us did not want to approach. Now I’ve opened up the subject, I’ve been amazed by the response. It looks like many of us are going to remember why we came to blogging in the first place and to make blogging fun again. 😀

      1. Absolutely Hugh. You’re quite right, we came to blogging precisely because we love the writing but then somewhere along the way things start to shift. I’m glad you opened this up and I’m glad I’m not alone feeling the way I do. I think I’m slowly finding the right balance. 😊

  3. Hi Hugh, I’ve been this 12 years and I still have blog guilt about not being able to read and reciprocate. My biggest guilt is not writing posts regularly. Somehow I’m sure the world will implode if I don’t post 4x a week. For me though the enjoyment I get from writing and interacting with other bloggers outweighs all that. And I’m sorry I don’t get to your blog as often as I like. I’m curious, how long have you been blogging?

    1. Not writing posts regularly? I’m sure I see you publish posts at least 3 times a week, Phil?

      No apologies needed, Phil. I’m cool with it. “Visit as and when you can” is what I tell everyone. I don’t expect anybody to read, like and comment on all my posts. It’s a busy world out there and I understand how busy everyone is. I’m pretty sure that many bloggers feel exactly the same and, if somebody doesn’t, then why worry about it? Keep on enjoying blogging and having fun with it and push those stress and guilt monsters back out the door.

      In answer to your question, I’ve been blogging for just over 3 years.

  4. Sensible approach Hugh, I agree that it can be disheartening to feel that you must read everything and comment. I admit that I get that feeling a bit more often lately, and I’m not posting as much either, but I figure it will pass because I do enjoy blogging, as a small interest in my life, along with all the other things I like to do. 🙂

    1. If you are still enjoying it, then that’s a good sign despite you feeling the guilt every so often, Claudette. How I look at it is that this is a subject that many bloggers worry about but which nobody wants to approach. Bringing it out in the open seems to have helped many, from what the comments say. Keep on enjoying the blogging experience.

      1. Thanks Hugh. Guilt seems to be a basic human emotion, and I think we get suspicious of people who don’t seem to exhibit it, so I’m just being “in the norm” 🙂

        1. It is, Claudette. However, there are some areas of our lives where it should never feature. And, if it does, we need to ask ourselves questions and take action. Hence, this post which, to me, looks like it has helped a lot of people.
          Have a great week.

  5. Hi Hugh,
    Finding time is difficult for me because I’m a teacher who works outside the home. When I unsubscribe I do feel guilty. Usually I just delete the emails from my email box so I don’t have that guilt LOL.
    Janice

        1. If you don’t read and comment on those posts, then they will never know if you unfollow their blogs unless they are self-hosted and see you don’t appear on their email subscription list anymore. For me, I’d rather reduce my reader list and the amount of emails I get, making way for new ones.

        2. You are sweet to give me advice. They are friends who follow my blog. What if they find out? I would rather simply delete their emails when they come in.

        3. Fair enough. Although I am surprised why they haven’t occasionally asked you why you don’t comment or show that you have liked any of their posts, especially if you are in touch with them online. If they’ve lots of followers and get lots of comments then they probably haven’t noticed. As I said in this post, what works for me isn’t going to work for everyone. We’re all very different as bloggers and even I’ve been told that some of my blogging tips don’t work for some. The message is to keep doing what you feel comfortable with and to keep blogging fun without the stress and guilt it can sometimes bring to us.

        4. I agree with you Hugh. I think I’d be more stressed worrying that these two people would find out I unfollowed them. They might be hurt and I would be embarrassed. It takes a second to delete an email. I would rather do that.
          Janice

  6. Excellent advice as always Hugh, and you do know I’m one of those in the stressed out categories. I try to abide by your plan, but I will say, I do have many followers who do comment and visit often, and I do enjoy their blogs too, so the narrowing process is still tedious for me. But I keep on going, and yes, my writing has suffered too much, but I hope to change all that by summer. Must formulate yet another new plan, lol. 🙂 xo

    1. Thanks, Debby. I’m sure none of those bloggers would mind if you didn’t read or comment on all of their posts, though. Once you get over that stage, it does become a lot easier. Well, it has for me.
      Good to hear you are thinking about a summer writing plan. I hope you’ll share it with us?
      xx

      1. You are so right Hugh. I really plan on altering my blog reading practice this summer. I have a lengthy list of blog interviews to prepare this month, and once I get past this month, I’ll be getting back to serious book writing, where I hope to alter my blogging a bit. Not sure yet, but just know I must. I’ll be happy to share when I do. 🙂 xo

  7. Good one, Hugh. The only thing I’ve ever apologized for are those award nominations. Ugh. Especially before I knew what they really were…a sort of a chain letter to draw followers to your blog. I was honored to be nominated, but I never wanted to pass them along, it seemed to require such a time investment, and asked you to play favorites with your fellow bloggers. I finally gave up and went “award-free”.

    I did have to set some time limits on reading other blogs…I tend to get lost in the process and find myself sitting for too long. Like you, I don’t see any reason to comment on every post I read, although that is my favorite part of the blogging experience, and the source of so much motivation!

    1. I’ve written about blog awards before, Van. They can be very useful in our early days of blogging but, for me, after they did their job it was time for me to also go ‘Award Free.’ Since then, I’ve had one blogger very annoyed at me because I would not accept an award from her where I had to write a post and nominate another 15 blogs, so she unfollowed me. Oh well! 🙄

      I agree about commenting. They are at the heart of the blogging community and we all crave them, but we shouldn’t feel that we need to add comments to every single blog post we read. I’ll only comment if I have something useful to add.

      Thanks so much for your comments on this subject,

  8. I am pleased I read your post as I have been feeling stressed lately and was feeling I should comment on every single post I read and some. But I absolutely feel better about the people who don’t comment back to anyone and I then unfollow…I just think it’s s bad manners if someone has taken the time to comment. But it should be fun and it’s not always so I am going to try and not beat myself up if I don’t read every single post and some just are not your forte so you have made me feel much better about that. Thank you Hugh 🙂

    1. That’s great to hear, Carol. I think many bloggers experience the blogging stress and/or the blogging guilt. I’ve been reading lots about it recently where people were asking for help, so I wrote this post.
      Keep on enjoying blogging and doing what you came here to do in the first place – having fun.

  9. Good advice. The blogging universe can be overwhelming, and far too distracting. I do feel bad when I don’t always leave a comment, or read the multitudes of great posts out there, but I can only do what I can. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder that we all struggle with this. And it’s OK to get back to our priorities and make it around the neighborhood later when we can.

    1. Thanks, Russell. Yes, I agree, it is OK to go back to the reason why we started to blog in the first place. However, blogging is also about building a community and joining other blogging communities, so we should occasionally go out there and read and comment on other posts. It has its advantages because, for me, I often pick up some great ideas from reading other posts and their comments, plus it’s a great way to take that brief break from writing.

  10. Yep, I know the guilt and stress you describe and I’ve read other posts, too, in which people are saying the same. I know I spend too much time reading and commenting on posts and am losing out on precious writing time. I have unfollowed a few and some come into the Reader which I tend not to look at but the majority I follow come through my email. I think I feel more guilty the longer I’ve followed someone, and the stronger a relationship is built, there’s that feeling of letting down a friend. I was very happy to read your post and feel a little bit reassured that I needn’t feel guilty if I don’t comment on every post by every blogger I follow.

    1. It is tougher when we’ve become very good friends with certain bloggers, Mary, but I always remind myself that they’ll understand. I’ve only ever had one blogger who told me they were unfollowing me, and that was because I would not accept a blog award off her where I had to write a post and nominate another 15 bloggers for the award. I explained I’d done all the award accepting earlier in my blogging days and that my blog was now award free. However, it didn’t matter to her and she didn’t understand my reasons, but I didn’t lose any sleep over it.

      I’m glad this post has helped. It’s something I had to write about (given I’d been through it all myself) after the recent posts and messages I’ve been reading from bloggers who were feeling the strain of blogging.

  11. I found out relatively recently that you can’t blog the same all the time – life changes and your follower count does. One can’t keep it up. I’ve made myself put the blog down for a week or two recently. While I don’t feel guilty about not following up on all my fav’s I do try and get round to it when I can but I try not to get stressed about it. It’s not easy….

    BTW – would you like an invite to contribute the to Scifi / fantasy hub?

    1. No, it’s not. I have taken a few breaks from blogging and they certainly helped me. My only advice to anyone thinking of taking one is 1. Don’t publish any new blog posts or comment on any posts while on your break (after all, you’re taking that break for a very good reason). 2. Inform people you are taking one, cause folk start to worry when they don’t see a certain familiar visitor after a few days.

      The sci-fi hub sounds good. By all means, send me an invite, but I may not be able to contribute anything until after the upcoming Bloggers Bash.

  12. ok so who are you and why am I here? You’re so right about obligations being self imposed. The word ‘should’ should be banned because we all seem to think we should be doing stuff which are really up to use to decide. I see youve got lots of likes and follows so you must be doing something right!!

    1. Thanks a great question that I ask myself many a time.

      I think I’ve hit on a subject that many bloggers experience. I’ve been reading too many posts and messages recently that say blogging is stressing, ‘making me feel guilty’, or apologising for not being on WordPress and reading and commenting on posts 24 hours a day. It was time to stand on my box (so people could see me) and shout “STOP!”

  13. As always Hugh a thoughtful and useful post. As you know I blog a great deal, primarily to promote authors and bloggers and I recommend that nobody signs up for email notifications from me. I also have not email notifications for anybody elses blog and I am afraid that I am reluctant to fill in the forms that some blogs have that want all my details. I am very happy when someone likes a post and it is great if they click one of the share buttons but you are right, the comments are the icing on the cake and always great when someone takes the time to express why they enjoyed the post. As you say we are all unique and have different formats for our blogs and it should be fun otherwise there is no point. Will put in the Blogger Daily this evening..thanks Sally

    1. Thanks, Sally. Now was the right time to stand up and talk about this subject. I’ve read too many posts and seen too many messages on social media from people who are feeling the blogging stress and guilt.

      I agree about those pop ups, especially the ones you can’t get rid of. There should be a box you can tick to say ‘no thank you’ and for the pop up to never appear again. If I want to sign up to an email list, then I will, but don’t keep asking me every time I visit.

      I do have email notifications for some blogs, but only beacuse I found myself getting stressed out by trying to get to the top of my reader list all the time. I now have the perfect balance between email notifications and my reader list. However, I don’t read all the new blog posts of the 250+ blogs I follow and I’ll only leave a comment if I have something of value to say or if I have a question. I don’t leave comments such as ‘great post’ unless I tell the author what it is that makes their post a great read.

      Thanks so much for adding this post to your Blogger Daily. Reaching those who are feeling guilty or stressed by blogging is the reason why I decided to stand up and talk about this subject. Thank you for also sharing how you handle your blogging habits.

  14. That’s a good strategy for unfollowing blogs.That’s the stage I’ve got to, but I haven’t had the courage to unfollow anyone, yet. It takes a long time just to scroll through the posts in the Reader every day, so I do need to do some pruning.

    1. I’d love to know what it is that is stopping you from unfollowing those blogs you’ve no longer got an interest in, April. Just think how it would shrink your reading list as well as free up more time for you.

      1. I think it’s partly because I don’t want to admit to myself that I made a mistake in following in the first place. The other part is the fear that I must have thought them worth following and what if they produce something good and I miss it because I’ve unfollowed them. It is time to bite the bullet, though, and trim the list.

        1. I’ve followed many a blog, only to unfollow again. In one case, I was bombarded with lots of reblogs on a daily basis which gradually changed to posts about ladies shoes, make-up tips, and fashion. Not interested, so I unfollowed. Interestingly, the blogger never liked or commented on any of my posts, so maybe she also found my blog uninteresting? Yes, it’s time to start biting the bullet. Good luck with it, April.

  15. Good advice Hugh. I try to keep my follows to about 30 or so, any more becomes unwieldy. I stick with people where there is genuine interaction but discard those where there is none. To keep following and commenting without a response is pointless and there is a message in there! I still spend too much time at the keyboard.

    1. Don’t we all spend too much time at the keyboard, Andrew? I know my partner often had a go at me for being in front of the computer all the time, but now I’ve found a great balance and discovered that there’s another world out there. 😀
      Thanks for your comments and sharing how you keep your blogging under control.

  16. You’re telling it like it is and how it should be, Hugh! I blog two days a week, Thursdays and Fridays. On those days, I read, like, and comment when possible on blogs where I get the email (which means I’m a day behind). You are so right about writing. I intend to write a lot more this summer. I admire bloggers who can post every day and beyond, but I cannot read every single post. I’m glad there is a like button that at least I can acknowledge other bloggers’ works. These tactics help keep blogging fun! And those are also how the friendships are developed and cultivated. Thank you for voicing our opinions and feelings about the wonderful world of blogging.

    1. After reading a lot, over the last few weeks, about people feeling guilty or stressed because they were unable to keep up with reading all the new blog posts published, I felt it time to remind everyone again why we all come to blogging in the first place, Terri. I think many of us go through this feeling guilty and/or stressed stage and, indeed, I’ve even seen some brilliant bloggers give up blogging altogether because they were unable to deal with the guilt or stress they found themselves in. Even in posts, it saddens me when somebody apologises for not having been reading and commenting on posts over a certain time because other parts of their life have been busy. We don’t need to apologise for not reading and commenting on every single post, otherwise, is it really the fun it should be?

      Blogging is so very rewarding with what it brings and we should ensure we’re here for the right reasons. That’s why I finally faced the questions I’d been not able to face because of the guilt I was feeling. It helped me so much and now I can happily say that I’m back to the reasons why I started to blog in the first place. I hope this post helps those feeling the guilt and stress and helps put them back on the track they originally came on.

      Thank you for your comments on this subject.

  17. Oh, Hugh, another timely reminder. Thank you. Could I ask that you post this every other month, please? It might then sink in with me. Looking forward to meeting up at the Llandeilo book Fair – where we can actually talk in person. jx

    1. Thanks, Judith. I only wrote this post because I’ve been reading so much recently about how people are feeling guilty and getting stressed because they can’t keep up with reading all the posts of the blogs they follow. Something had to be done, hence I put fingers to keyboard and wrote this post. Blogging should be fun and not cause us any concerns or make us feel guilty. I know we all sometimes feel that way about it but, hopefully, my post will act as a reminder as to why we all came here in the first place.

      I’m so sorry, but I’m not going to be at Llandeilo due to a prior engagement the same weekend. However, if you ever find yourself in Swansea, then you’re very welcome to pop in for a catch up over a pot of tea.

  18. I only feel bad when I can’t read some of my favorite blogs. But, there’s only so much time. I enjoy writing. I do that for me. I tend to put that first.

    1. You shouldn’t feel bad about it, Dan. People will understand, and if they don’t then don’t worry about it.
      You do the right thing by putting your writing first. That’s the main reason why most people decide to try blogging in the first place.

  19. Omg, Hugh, I struggle with this every day. But I’m just about ready to take the leap you described. Reading and writing are suffering, and that’s never good. I’m so glad you addressed this issue. Thank you 💜

    1. Good luck with that leap, Tina. Please let me know how you do and also what works for you in getting over the guilt and stress that blogging sometimes brings to many of us. I’m sure you’ll soon find yourself back on the right blogging track.

  20. I have felt like this, Hugh, and I like your suggestions and those of your readers. I really have to be careful about how many blogs I commit to or I let my own writing suffer. Since I have one full time job, I don’t need another one! This is my creative outlet and I don’t want it to become a grind. Thanks for this post! I’m glad I found your blog.

  21. I’ve adopted a similar strategy. I’m not intending it to be a personal statement against a blogger but I have books to write and children to feed too.

    1. Exactly. Life carries on regardless of how much time we spend in front of the computer. Feeling guilty and stressed because we’ve had a lovely weekend away with the family, should never enter our minds.

  22. Yes, I agree about being stressed out about trying to keep up with all the blogs. When I don’t have time to write because of too many posts to read then I cut back like you do. Best wishes and keep writing! ❤

    1. Thanks, Janice. I think we all experience the stress and guilt that blogging can sometimes bring. Knowing what to do and to actually take action when it happens is the best way forward. You seem to be dealing with it very well.

  23. Yes, everything causes me to feel guilty!
    1. I’m terrible at comments – sometimes I just don’t know what to say, other times I think there is nothing else that needs said, but often I feel a like is not enough, when really it should be. I have comment anxiety, I always think I am going to make an arse of myself or I worry I will offend someone.
    2. Reading – I feel better after reading your post. I try to read as much as I can, but there is not a lot of free time in my life still, and there was less when the Mothership was still with us. I feel bad that people comment on my posts and I can’t reciprocate 😦

    I got to the stage for a while when I was ‘writing something out’ as in getting it out of my system I would turn my comments off, simply because when I was done, I was done, I didn’t want to have to go back and answer comments on it. People leave me the most awesome comments sometimes and all I have is ‘Thanks’. Sometimes, like you used to, I just turn my computer off and go away cos I can’t deal with it there and then, and yes, it puts me off writing.

    I’m going to take all your advice on board and change tack. By the way, this might possibly be the longest comment I have written in like…..ummm……forever!!

    1. When it comes to leaving comments on posts, I always ask myself if I’ve got anything that is to going to contribute to the subject. If I don’t, then I don’t comment. Leaving comments such as ‘great post’ don’t mean much unless I tell the author why I thought their post was great. There must be a reason(s) why I thought it was a great post, or do I simply want to leave my comment so that other’s may click on it and follow my blog, or just to show the author that I’ve visited? You shouldn’t worry about offending anyone, Juls, providing your comment is a proffessional response then go ahead and add to the debate. Yes, somebody may not agree with you, but then you’re always to come up against people who don’t agree with everything you have to say, and isn’t that a small part of the blogging process?

      I’m glad you feel better after reading this post. I’ve read so much lately about people feeling guilty and/or being stressed about blogging, or apologising in their posts because they’ve not been visiting and commenting on blogs over the weekend because they’ve been working or enjoying some time with their family. It should never get to that stage. Turning off comments is a great tool on WordPress. I’m very glad it’s there. WordPress put it there for a very good reason. 😀

      I hope my advice does help, and please come back and tell me if you find anything different that helps you get over feeling stressed or guilty about blogging. I’d love to know.

      Finally, I’m very pleased and delighted that you left your comments on this post. Thank you for doing so.

  24. I have gone through this crisis more than once since I began blogging. I’ve worked on making reasonable goals for myself when it comes to both writing and reading. It has been a slow process and too often lately family issues are keeping me from my computer all around. When I do find myself with some quiet time, I try to catch up on reading my favorite bloggers.

    1. It can be a harder struggle for some, and what works for me may not work for you, Kat. However, there’s nothing wrong in taking a step back from blogging, although I always recommend that if you’re going to that then let people know. You don’t need to give any reasons why you’re taking a break, but people will want to know that all is OK.

      1. Luckily I have been able to keep posting- just maybe not the content I had hoped to share! For me personally, it’s important that I keep writing and posting. With the A to Z challenge beginning tomorrow, this is going to put me to the test! 🙂

        1. Nothing wrong in taking up a writing challenge, but know when to stop if you find it’s becoming more of a burden rather than the real reason why you signed up to do it. Don’t feel bad if you don’t complete it. Celebrate what you did write and publish because it’s better than nothing at all. Good luck with it, Kat.

  25. Hi, Hugh – This is such good advice. Immediately you zoomed in on the key take-away: Blogging should be fun! If you are no longer enjoying what you are doing, you need to make some changes. I came to blogging for the writing and also for the interaction with like-minded people and people who stimulated my thinking. This has been my guide to whom I follow and comment on. So far, it’s working for me. Thanks for the reminder that we don’t need to drive ourselves to distraction in the blogging process.

    1. Great to hear, Donna. Sounds to me as if you’ve found the right balance and are on the right blogging track. Keep it fun and enjoyable and you’ll soon reap the rewards blogging can bring. In fact, you probably are already seeing the rewards.

  26. Oh dear me, yes. I have certain bloggers who I go out of my way to read and comment on. The others I’ll check on once a week but not every day. I don’t expect my followers to comment on every one of my posts either!

  27. Excellent advice Hugh. I now no longer leave comments on those blogs who don’t respond and un-follow them. I also unfollow anyone who hijacks my post with a “come read this on my blog” url. I also stop leaving comments on blogs where the only time I get a comment is in response to mine and it is usually the “Thanks” type or a smiley face. I have had it with the divas who think just because they are blogging we should read them. Since I post seven days a week I don’t expect a comment from everyone on every post. But is once a month too much to ask? I would hope others would treat me the same.

    1. Thanks, John. I’ve not seen those hijacks you mentioned, but I’ll certainly keep a look out for them.

      Sometimes it can be difficult to respond to a comment because it depends on what the comment is, but a simple ‘thank you’ to this comment of yours would not have gone down well in my books. I always send comments that are just a smiley face (or similar) to the trash can. I prefer, instead, to ‘like’ the comment. There are a few divas out there, some who even think it above them to respond to comments. For me, someone who comments on one of my posts is like asking someone around for a cup of coffee. I wouldn’t ignore them, would I? 🤔

      I don’t read all of the posts of the blogs I follow but, the again, I do read some that I don’t comment on. I’ll only comment if I really do have something useful to say other than ‘great post’ or hey, great blog, now come over and follow my blog.’

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