Bad Blogging Guilt

Photo credit: Ellie Koleen

Photo credit: Ellie Koleen

This week I have been feeling really overwhelmed with work, and unable to commit the proper time and effort to this blog. And I feel really guilty about it. When I set out to do something, I like to do a very good job, and get pretty upset when I feel like I am not meeting expectations.

Before I started blogging I didn't really see how it could be a full-time job - but now I totally get it. Blogging for me is like having a part-time job that you don't get paid for. And in general that it completely okay - I love creating content for this blog and communicating with my readers. I love how many people I have been able to meet through my blog, and it really has been great for building my business and brand.

But I also know that I need to take care of my clients and my business first. And I probably shouldn't feel guilty about that. But I can't help it - when I miss days or put out less than great content - I feel terrible about it. There are only so many hours in a day - and sometimes I just don't have time to illustrate a post or do the outreach needed to keep my interviews going. I really wish I did have the time though because blogging has become such an important outlet for me creatively. I am not sure exactly what I am trying to say here except - if you see I am blogging less - know that I desperately want to keep putting out content but just don't have the time.

In the new year I am hiring an intern to help with my workload and so will hopefully be able to dedicate more time to my blog. I have so many ideas for posts - I just need the proper time to make my ideas a reality. Next month I am also planning to bring on more contributors and hopefully creating an actual blogging schedule to keep me on track.

At Designer Vaca one of the items discussed was to stop saying "i'm busy" all the time - and instead say things like "working hard and living the dream". And I truly do feel that way, it was my dream to become a freelance designer - and I am truly living it. It is hard non-stop work, but it is also incredibly amazing and fun and I feel so lucky to actually be making a living doing this whole freelance thing! So while I feel guilty about blogging less, I also feel so incredibly grateful to be living this dream. 

If you are a blogger - do you feel guilty when you miss days? Do you have tips for keeping your content flowing even while "living the dream" (aka busy)?

If you are in the bay area - hope you are staying dry! Luckily this storm has not taken my power out yet!

Xo, Jess