One of the most prolific pieces of blogging advice is to stay active. Especially on social media.
I finally understand how to get traction on my Instagram posts, I have a YouTube channel that picked up viewers pretty steadily, I am writing more on the blog, I’m getting into a rhythm with my commenting. I’m doing alright!
But here’s the thing. I’m not enjoying it. I don’t have time for it. And it’s keeping me from doing other things that I want to do more.
Not with the blogs and the comments, I still legitimately love the blogging community, and now that WordPress finally stepped up their game with comments and responses, I’m enjoying it more than ever! But everything else, has got to go.
For instance, I have gotten to a really good place with my bullet journal. For the first time since I started, it looks exactly how I want it to look, and it’s functioning exactly how I want it to function. My instinct is to share it, on all of my platforms, to show the world.
But you know what? I really don’t want to. I don’t want to set up my lights and shoot a video. I don’t want to take pictures and edit them to look good on Instagram. I just want to enjoy it, and use it, and feel accomplished with myself about it.
This is good for me, and bad for business.
BUT it’s what I’m going to do. I’m dropping all of the pressure. No more pressure to post on Instagram or YouTube. No more pressure to post three times a week here on the blog. No more thinking about how I should have a newsletter or an Etsy shop.
I have a friend who is never happy. She is always buying things she doesn’t need or use, she just bought her third house in ten years, she’s always moving on to the next thing. And I always feel sorry for her, she can’t just sit, relax, and enjoy what she has.
And, I realized recently, I suffer from the same affliction. I push myself so hard, with my goals and habits, that I don’t take a minute to just step back and enjoy what I have and what I have accomplished.
It all stops now. I am going to enjoy this life I’ve created! My house, my job, my family, my body, my new love of running, and my bujo process.
And sure I’ll post on Instagram, and I’m going to keep myself accountable for at least once a week here on the blog. But that’s it. The pressure if off. No more needing acceptance outside of myself. No more dreams of being a YouTube sensation, or retiring on the income of my Etsy shop. It’s exhausting!
Seriously, y’all, I feel the pressure slipping away as I’m writing this. Today’s going to be a good day!