Under Pressure!

In case you need some tunes while you’re reading this rant, here ya go:

Lately, I’ve been feeling that anxious heart racing in my chest kind of thing, and I didn’t know why. Kids have been good, healthy. Work is under control. I managed to wash my hair twice last week. So, what then?!

‘Tis this blogging business.

pressure

I love writing, don’t get me wrong, but good lawdy it can be demanding! There is so much pressure to

  • think up witty, relevant content
  • post every day
  • include/create relevant images so you can
  • pin to Pinterest
  • share on Google+ (what the eff Google reader?! Really screwin’ us…)
  • post on Facebook
  • tweet on Twitter
  • do whatever people do on Instagram

And if you’re a glutton for punishment, there is a whole different level of pressure to

  • stalk  contact companies and websites about getting some of your witty content published
  • write more, original witty content because the companies and websites don’t want the stuff you’ve previously published
  • throw something. You feel better now.
  • take it to the next level and move to a self-hosted blog
  • get out of the house and experience a bit more of life so you have fodder that doesn’t include changing diapers or stray chin hairs (I’m still working on this one…)

Don’t forget about your love of reading and the people whose writing you can’t live without; you want to be sure and

  • maintain the community of writers you’ve come to know and respect
  • read your favorites’ stuff
  • leave a heartfelt comment because you want to
  • not forget you have to work/feed the kids/empty the dishwasher before your husband comes home

So, yeah, blogging is BUSY.

Does anyone else have a dozen different blog-related accounts? Does anyone actually remember the passwords to said accounts? I had to make a spreadsheet, people–a SPREADSHEET–to keep all this stuff organized. Between working online and blogging online, my computer is dying a slow death. But once the PC kicks the bucket, I shall buy the beautiful Macbook my husband says is unnecessary.

What does he know? He wears socks with sandals.

And these, friends, are my random thoughts for the day.

Have I mentioned that this is the last NaBloPoMo I will be participating in?

Did you hear that?

Just my brain exploding. Carry on.

 




Comments

  1. Dani Ryan says:

    I have been thinking (and feeling) the exact same thing lately. It is just so DEMANDING! I love most minutes of it, but it feels like a full time job most days, and I often feel like I’m drowning!!! So glad I’m not alone! And when you find that spreadsheet, please send it my way!

    • It’s nuts, isn’t it?! I want to hire a personal assistant. I think I’ll have to get a few more “likes” on Facebook before I am assistant-worthy ;)

  2. Jill Pinnella Corso says:

    Yeah, it’s about this point that I burnt out when I did NaBloPoMo, but it came back around for me.

    You are so right. Blogging is stressful and I still haven’t figured out the whole promoting it blah blah blah part. And blog posts from my favorite bloggers pile up in my inbox, not to mention the ones that I just check on wordpress reader. It’s too much, ahhhh!

    If it makes you feel better, from my POV, it looks like you’re doing an awesome job.

    • Well you’re sweet to say so, Jill–thank you! I’m drowning in my inbox, too. I definitely get to the ones I want to, but there are days that I just have to delete things so my OCD doesn’t kill me!

  3. You’re so right. Being brilliant ALL. THE. TIME. is difficult. :)

  4. motherhoodisanart says:

    I have been thinking about you this month! I don’t know how you’re keeping up! I would for sure be losing my mind at this point! I keep thinking I would like to promote mine more or do something more with it but then reality sets in and I know that I just don’t have the time for it or really want to make the time. My television watching has suffered enough from starting this blog. I guess I could quit feeding my kids….Take care Stephanie! You’re doing a great job!

    • Hahahaha!! My TV watching has suffered, too, Melissa! As have other areas of my life…a third baby isn’t going to make itself… ;)

      Thanks for your kind words!

  5. vernette says:

    Awww…light & love. I really appreciate you and the fact that despite how busy this whole blogging business is along side everyday life, your posts never reflect that. You wear that “S” on your chest very well my dear! Keep going.

  6. Janine Huldie says:

    Yes, yes and yes to all of the above. Totally love it, but totally stressed out with all the demands. You summed it up perfectly Stephanie and when you find a solution please pass on to me!!

    • I will certainly pass on anything I find, Janine. But so far, I’ve only found that my eyesight is quickly deteriorating from staring at a computer screen ;)

      How do YOU do it, though?! You post sometimes twice a day, you’re commenting all over the place, AND you’re a Mama–you’re my hero!!!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I totally understand this! When I decided to work on my blog more I didn’t realize I would be this busy with it. I literally thought I would take some time each day to write a post, but some times that ends up being 2-3 hours! Just yesterday it took me forever to edit pics and then try to figure out to recover a video I accidentally deleted on my camera’s memory card that I wanted to use in my blog post…which by the way, I never did! I enjoy every minute of it, but I think I put too much pressure on myself to keep up. :)

    • Jennifer, so many of us can relate! Technology is a blessing and curse, mostly because I don’t know what the hell to do with it ;) Good luck to us!

  8. Piper George says:

    Oh my I know exactly what you mean. Constantly trying to blog and write and come up with ideas. Trying to promote it all – now that I am struggling with! And in the meantime holding down a real paying job. The pressure is immense.

  9. I love you *smiles sweetly* :-) <—-sweet smile

  10. Chris Carter says:

    I’m damn near breaking point!!! I can’t keep up with following all the blogs I follow AND write AND social media AND LIFE!!! I would never could never do NANABALOOGA hoopla DOOPLA… To write every day- I could do, but not in ADDITION to everything else. Good for you for going for it! Don’t lose your mind on the way!! ;)

  11. Penny Roach says:

    Were you spying on my conversation with Menopausal Mother? Seriously, Steph. You make it look very easy. As a brand spankin’ new blogger, I look at you as one of my examples of who to aspire to. I know that sounds like a suck up – but it’s true. I know you got lots going on and you never disappoint. You keep writing – we’ll keep reading. Good luck with that whole baby makin’ thing. LOL

    Penny at Green Moms and Kids
    http://greenmomsandkids.wordpress.com

    • Penny, you have no idea what that comment means to me! I feel like a clueless rookie most days, so your words are GOLD to me! THANK YOU from the bottom of my baby makin’ heart!

      P.S. I didn’t see what you and Meno Mama were chatting about, but anything with Marcia has got to be GOOOOD! :)

  12. Karen @BakingInATornado says:

    Oh, I SO get it. I would never EVER think of blogging daily. I started blogging every 3rd day, now I blog twice a week. I run 3 link up groups a month and I have huge spreadsheets for those. Blogging is a TON of work, and sometimes I sit down in the morning to just “check” stuff and look up and it’s 3pm. My kids say “what did you do all day”? What do I do all day? I blog. Nuff said.

  13. Christine at More than Mommies says:

    I know that feeling…and also the one that makes you feel like everyone does this better than you. Believe me…You are rocking this! Seriously, at our most recent blog talk Janene and I were agreeing that you have got it going on. So what if you can’t verify your pinterest account? In the end what matters is your content and you hit it out of the park every time. Sooooo…I need to take my own advice here: don’t let comparison rob you of your joy!

    • Awww, thanks so much Christine (and Janene!). That’s super sweet of you girls–especially since you taught me all I know ;) Damn Pinterest…

      I love collaborating with you, so thank you for taking a chance on me!

  14. The Sadder But Wiser Girl says:

    Oh boy, and here I just sent you an email about the guest post for Thursday! Like you didn’t need anything else to do! ;-) Hey if it’s too much, don’t worry about it-I can always reblog something or just take the day off from any posts!

    I am right there with you that it is just busy. I’m working 8-5:30 this week, as opposed to 8-5 other weeks, therefore I didn’t think I could pull stuff off. This is why I took this week “off”. Now let me define my week off as in I didn’t write any blog posts, but I’ve still been attempting to keep up on stuff! However, it was made official today that my last day subbing is next Tuesday. Then it’s back to blogging in addition to keeping up with all the social media and blah blah blah…

    And I’m wanting to buy my own domain and do things that way? HAR HAR HAR…

    • No worries!! I’m putting the finishing touches on your post this afternoon and sending it your way so you have time to format! I much prefer blogging to laundry and vacuuming, so it’s higher on my to-do list ;) Good luck with the last few days of subbing!

  15. I’m scaling back massively on all aspects of it myself. Cause it’s supposed to fun, right?
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  16. I read this when you first posted it and the tab has been sitting open on my computer for days waiting for me to comment. And you know exactly why it took so long…

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